Black Panther: It's well-crafted and I appreciate the social significance of this film, but superhero movies will need to dig a lot deeper than any I've seen before I think any are worthy of Best Picture awards.
Bohemian Rhapsody: A fan flick, but so nicely done: Worthy
The Favourite: Worthy
Green Book: Nope.
A Star Is Born: I don't get all the fuss.
Vice: Definitely not. I sympathize with the perspective, but the film is a mess.
First Reformed: Paul Schaeder's best film since Taxi Driver. This is a masterpiece and an absurd snub. Not only should this have been nominated, but it was the Best Film of the Year, hands down. It's a film that film students will study decades from now.
Shoplifters: If foreign language Roma can be in the Best Picture category, then Shoplifters belongs there too. It's nominated for Best Foreign Language film, but it's better than several of the films nominated for Best Picture.
Collette: Watch this after you watch The Wife
Sorry To Bother You
Leave No Trace: Come on. This was better than Vice and Green Book.
Three Identical Strangers: A documentary, and I count it among this years best films.
President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.
Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.
And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.
Trump now urging prosecutors to investigate @MichaelCohen212's father again. Jeanine asks for the name of the father in law. This is a really stunning way for the president to target a private citizen.
Witness intimidation means the threatening of a crucial court witnesses by pressure or extortion to compel him/her to not to testify. The admissibility of witness intimidation evidence turns on whether the source of the intimidation may be linked to the defendant. Hence, the proponent of the evidence of witness intimidation must connect a defendant with the threat. Without establishing that connection, the evidence concerning witness intimidation is unreliable and therefore inadmissible. Witness intimidation evidence, if linked to a defendant, can be admitted to show a consciousness of guilt. Establishing the defendant as the source of the intimidation provides the necessary reliability for admissibility.
This is the kind of speech you give in Spanish in the early 1950s into a tinny microphone with the crackle and static of a fading kerosene generator and the sound of shouting and gunfire in the background approaching the presidential palace. https://t.co/DltdXyvyz2
With news that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation of POTUS, Fox's Jeanine Pirro asked the president if he has ever worked for Russia--a softball question for an innocent person. Instead of actually saying "no" to this very direct question, Trump responded with a blizzard of offended anger. This is a classic tell. If Trump were my interviewee, this exchange would make it into my report as a significant indicator of deception.
Trump’s new insistence that he never envisioned Mexico writing a check to pay for the wall is contradicted by a since-archived memo posted on his campaign website in 2016. The memo, titled “Compelling Mexico to Pay for the Wall,” outlines a plan to pressure Mexico to put up funds ($5-10 billion) for a border wall within three days of Trump taking office.