Saturday, January 11, 2014

2013 Year in Review

Kate Blanchett
in Blue Jasmine
Looking back over the past year it would be easy for me to be overwhelmed by events. The economy lurched to and fro, and the U.S. budget crisis confirmed our belief that the U.S. Republican Party placed politics above the public good. For many people, 2013 was not what they expected. Plans were dashed and hope was lost. It was a year that was unpredictable and unstable.

On the positive side, marriage equality moved forward as nineteen states now recognize the right of gay Americans to marry. The Affordable Care Act began enrolling people despite some technical glitches, and even gun control inched forward notwithstanding the Republican Party and the National Rife Association. 

As for movies, it was a lack luster year. My favorite movie was Blue Jasmine. Woody Allen has done it again. Allen's fictional tale a la Bernard Madoff and Blanche DuBois is a tragic portrait of a woman's slow descent into madness. Kate Blanchett's performance is near perfection. She makes a really unlikable character sympathetic.

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