Movie Review: “The Trial of The Chicago Seven”

Will “Borat” (aka Sacha Baron Cohen) Be Nominated for an Oscar?? Five Oscars. Eight Emmy’s. Nine Golden Globes. Seven Tony awards. That’s the collective haul by the cast and writer of Netflix’s just released, “The Trial of The Chicago Seven.” Besides the stellar acting, the dialogue — especially the courtroom scenes — is riveting. In...
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“Selling Sunset” (in Minneapolis, that is, not Los Angeles)

(Un)Reality TV Aw’ right. Find people who are worth at least $250 million, even if they’re not looking for a house. This house will sell itself ” just get ’em up here.” —Selling Sunset, “If Looks Could Sell.” [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent...
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Warren Buffett Makes a Bearish Call on Airlines (and a Stealthy Bullish One)

Berkshire Hathaway 2020 (Virtual) Annual Meeting [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.] Perhaps the biggest news from Berkshire Hathaway’s (online) annual meeting yesterday was Warren Buffett’s bearish...
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Seth Meyers Comes to the Twin Cities (Make That, Minneapolis)

Naming Twins: Do’s & Don’t’s Seth Meyers’ just-released stand-up special on Netflix, “Lobby Baby”, was actually shot in town last June. But Meyers’ dig on Minneapolis’ not-so-identical older twin across the river, St. Paul, is still timely: “With twins, it’s very important to pay attention to each of them equally, or else one of them...
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What Realtors REALLY Do (According to Colin Quinn)

“For Sale” Signs vs. “NOT For Sale” Signs I’ve got my own definition of what Realtors do. See, “Realtor Job Description 2019.” But, I’m mostly OK** with the one offered by standup comedian (and social critic) Colin Quinn, in his Netflix special “Red State Blue State”: “That was the genius of the Founding Fathers: they...
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Louis C.K.’s New Stand-up Special, “2017”

Mining Taboos (Abortion, Suicide, etc.) for Laughs. Really. Maybe Louis C.K. is saving incest, bestiality, and genocide for his next stand-up special. In this one, titled merely “2017” (it’s a riff on Christianity), he contents himself tackling such taboo subjects as abortion, suicide, beheading, transexuality, and latent homosexuality (if you hadn’t noticed, sex and sexuality loom large...
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