Wes Anderson’s Latest Is a Licorice Movie

Some filmmakers are like licorice: You either like them or you don’t, and members of both camps are firmly convinced of the rightness of their choice. No director now working makes films that more closely resemble that divisive root-based candy than Wes Anderson, with the result that a discussion of any one of his movies tends to turn into a referendum on his whole cinematic output.
The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney calls Anderson’s new movie, The French Dispatch, a “beguiling curio.

Read original

Rerouting Fifth Ave traffic for bike lanes before the holidays is madness

Your Fifth Avenue holiday stocking will likely have a lump of coal in it this year. City Hall — the Bill de Blasio nuthouse that turned over our streets to roving, mentally ill hatchet-wielders — is about to gift us with yet another Department of Transportation horror show right when we can least afford it.

Read original

D.C. cyclists are the darlings of traffic safety

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Getting motorists to slow down is a challenge that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has willingly accepted as a legacy without much nudging from the bicycle lobby.
In fact, generally speaking, the bike lobby has its way because former Mayor Adrian Fenty, a cyclist and triathlete, opened the door wide.
He and Miss Bowser wink when the directors of the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and Environment, and the Department of Motor Vehicles practically do as they please in order to please those who support alternatives to driving.

Read original

Stop Asking Mitski if She’s OK

It’s happening: Mitski is back. Aside from a few collaborations and soundtrack appearances for other projects, it’s been over two years of radio silence from the now-31-year-old musician, who announced an indefinite hiatus from performing at the close of her most recent tour in 2019. She suddenly reactivated all of her social media accounts this past Monday to announce her return—albeit she herself remained off-limits to fans, instead ceding the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram keys to her management.

Read original

Stop Asking Mitski if She’s OK

It’s happening: Mitski is back. Aside from a few collaborations and soundtrack appearances for other projects, it’s been over two years of radio silence from the now-31-year-old musician, who announced an indefinite hiatus from performing at the close of her most recent tour in 2019. She suddenly reactivated all of her social media accounts this past Monday to announce her return—albeit she herself remained off-limits to fans, instead ceding the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram keys to her management.

Read original

PETER HITCHENS: BBC twists our history to smear decent people as stupid fascist dupes

PETER HITCHENS: BBC twists our history to smear decent people as stupid fascist dupes in new Sunday night drama Ridley Road
By Peter Hitchens for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 17:29 EDT, 9 October 2021 | Updated: 17:57 EDT, 9 October 2021

The distortion of the past is getting out of control. The truth is available to only a privileged few with good memories or access to crumbling, forgotten archives. So you can say what you like.
The BBC’s new Sunday evening drama Ridley Road is a perfect example of this.

Read original

PETER HITCHENS: BBC twists our history to smear decent people as stupid fascist dupes

PETER HITCHENS: BBC twists our history to smear decent people as stupid fascist dupes in new Sunday night drama Ridley Road
By Peter Hitchens for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 17:29 EDT, 9 October 2021 | Updated: 17:57 EDT, 9 October 2021

The distortion of the past is getting out of control. The truth is available to only a privileged few with good memories or access to crumbling, forgotten archives. So you can say what you like.
The BBC’s new Sunday evening drama Ridley Road is a perfect example of this.

Read original

PETER HITCHENS: BBC twists our history to smear decent people as stupid fascist dupes

PETER HITCHENS: BBC twists our history to smear decent people as stupid fascist dupes in new Sunday night drama Ridley Road
By Peter Hitchens for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 17:29 EDT, 9 October 2021 | Updated: 17:57 EDT, 9 October 2021

The distortion of the past is getting out of control. The truth is available to only a privileged few with good memories or access to crumbling, forgotten archives. So you can say what you like.
The BBC’s new Sunday evening drama Ridley Road is a perfect example of this.

Read original

The case for funding bike infrastructure

Jake Moffitt, a 38-year-old data center technician in the Dallas area, was used to biking to work.
He did it all the time when he lived in Albuquerque, and thought he’d try the same when he moved to Dallas five years ago. Moffitt says he lasted six months before he threw in the towel.
“It was really just scary,” Moffitt told Vox. “Driving is pretty much the only option I have.”
One of the largest cities in Texas, Dallas doesn’t have much in the way of street biking infrastructure.

Read original

The case for funding bike infrastructure

Jake Moffitt, a 38-year-old data center technician in the Dallas area, was used to biking to work.
He did it all the time when he lived in Albuquerque, and thought he’d try the same when he moved to Dallas five years ago. Moffitt says he lasted six months before he threw in the towel.
“It was really just scary,” Moffitt told Vox. “Driving is pretty much the only option I have.”
One of the largest cities in Texas, Dallas doesn’t have much in the way of street biking infrastructure.

Read original