Entertainment Weekly announced it's list this week of its 20 scariest movies of all time. They placed The Shining at the top of their list, and for once I would have to say that I agree. I know that everyone loves The Shining, and I don't mean to sound like I'm just jumping the band wagon, but that movie scares the bejeezus out of me no matter how many times I see it. The cinematography, the music, the acting, and that giant, scary-ass hotel- it's just about the scariest thing ever put on celluloid. Danny Lloyd is just about one of the best child actors to ever fill a role (although Haley Joel Osment was pretty amazing in The Sixth Sense). The Shining just manages to convey a bizarre, dreamy, nightmarish quality that you can't wake up from, and it conveys that atmosphere more effectively than any other movie I've ever seen. If you don't watch it for Halloween tonight, watch it again sometime soon. It's still really scary- I promise.
And speaking of Halloween scariness.... for all of you kids who wondered why I didn't bitch more about the Miers nomination, I hope that now my reasons for remaining silent have become clear.
Bush announced his new choice for the Supreme Court today as Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., a well known conservative from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Alito, who has earned the nickname Scalito amongst his colleagues by way of comparison to conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has a judicial record which includes conservative statements on everything from abortion to gender discrimination to the separation of church and state, and his nomination already has liberals donning their war paint and preparing to dig in for a long and protracted confirmation battle. In fact, Republican Senator Arlen Specter, who heads the Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that he is "very worried" that Democrats may fillibuster this candidate if they believe him to be an extremely conservative jurist.
Also, dear readers, isn't it funny how after a brutal week last week for the White House (given the indictment of Scooter Libby, the 2000th Iraq casualty, and the failed nomination of Miers) that George W. decided to kick this week off with a press conference announcing his new nomination at 8:00 a.m. on a Monday morning? I didn't even realized that George W. got out of his jammies that early, but it sure managed to draw some attention away from indictments at the White House and all of last week's unpleasantness, didn't it? I'm sure that the timing was just a coincidence, though, especially given the fact that the White House released this nominee's name ahead of time so that reporters would be prepared to focus entirely on this candidate and completely change their direction of discourse....
And if I haven't said so before, The Adventures wishes to bid Ms. Rosa Parks a fond farewell. I'm sure that the lady never set out to become a civil rights icon, but her combination of common sense and dignity set an example that America has been hard pressed to follow. Via con dios, Ms. Parks.