You need to watch Tarantino's best story before it leaves Netflix next month
Some of Quentin Tarantino's most inspired casting in his long movie career is in Kill Bill: Volume 1. Besides Uma Thurman herself, whose fitting into the role of a woman fueled by righteous anger would only come to light much later, Thurman's "The Bride" visits Okinawa to seek the craftsmanship of Hattori Hanzo and his lazy assistant. For several memorable minutes, Thurman shares screen time with two legends of Japanese grindhouse cinema.Little did mainstream America realize as they flooded theaters (the film grossed $22 million domesticallyin its opening weekend, a big number for a hard-R mov...
What's next for Rod Blagojevich? Can he practice law? Run for office? Become a poet?
CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich and his family have spent the past eight years fighting for his freedom. Now that President Donald Trump has granted their wish by commuting Blagojevich’s sentence and sending him back to Chicago about four years early, the 63-year-old disgraced ex-governor’s future is here.So, what now?Here’s what we know about Blagojevich’s potential next steps:CAN HE RUN FOR OFFICE AGAIN?Yes and no.He can’t run in Illinois, a rule imposed by the state Senate when it removed him from the governor’s office in 2009. In a unanimous vote, senators barred Blagojevich from holding any fut...
'Death Stranding' DLC teaser hints a major character could return with a '1917' twist
Death Strandingwas one of the most talked-about games of 2019, and it might be getting some new content soon. Hideo Kojimateased this possible DLC with a trailer set during one Death Stranding'swartime levels that calls back to Sam Mendes' award-winning film 1917.While the homage of the teaser is entertaining in and of itself, the implications behind it are even more exciting. If this DLC is real and takes place during a wartime portion of the game, then it's very possible that Mads Mikkelsen's character Clifford Unger could make a return.The new Death Stranding trailer is set in the trenches ...
Amazon launches app-based health-care service for Seattle-based employees
SEATTLE — In its most direct foray yet into the $3.8 trillion medical sector, Amazon has launched a pilot program to administer health care services to many of its nearly 54,000 Seattle-area employees and their families.An app, called Amazon Care, provides on-demand chat and video consultations with medical professionals and enables users to schedule in-person visits with clinicians at patients’ homes or offices. Payment for the service routes through Amazon.com.While Amazon has not hinted it plans to make Amazon Care available beyond its own 500,000-person U.S. workforce, industry watchers sa...
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'I Am Not Okay With This' review: Peak Netflix in the best way possible
If Netflix is a factory spitting out new shows based on what already works, then the end result is I am Not Okay With This. The good news is this new series from the producers behind Netflix mega-hit Stranger Thingsand the director of its medium-sized-hit The End of the F**ing World*is actually pretty great\.With its supernatural teen angst, 1980s-inspired aesthetic, and an endless parade of cliffhangers that will keep you glued to the couch as Netflix’s autoplay does its thing, I am Not Okay With Thisreally feels like it was grown in streaming a lab. It might not take any chances, but if this...
Turkish and Syrian soldiers killed in fighting as Ankara launches Idlib operation
Turkey's defence ministry said on Thursday that two of its soldiers were killed and five wounded following an airstrike inIdlibprovince, northern Syria, where the Turkish military is carrying outoperations to recapture territoryfrom the Syrian regime.The ministry added that as many as 50 Syrian regime fighterswere killed, and that it destroyed five tanks, two armoured personnel carriers and a howitzer artillery launcher in Idlib.Turkey's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said the strikes on Turkish forces were carried out by the Syrian regime forces. However activists on the ground had e...
Real estate Q&A: Can condo owners withhold dues to force board to rehire employee?
Q: Our condominium recently let go off a popular employee. Several residents are upset and want him rehired. They are threatening to withhold their monthly dues until the board of directors gives in to their demands. What is the best way to deal with these maverick owners? — JohnA: There is a right and wrong way for unit owners to address their grievances with their condominium association.Reaching out to the management company or attending the next board meeting are both excellent ways to comment or ask questions. Withholding their dues in protest is not an appropriate method of protest and c...
Brick police officers to start carrying stun guns
Officers in another Ocean County police department will be adding stun guns to their belts.Brick Township policeannounced Wednesday that officers who successfully underwent training will be equipped with the non-lethal weapons, which are intended as an alternative to deadly force.Thirty-seven officers underwent specialized training to carry the “Conducted Energy Devices,” otherwise known as stun guns, according to a release by police.“Encounters with violent suspects are inevitable, but my hope is that now our officers will be able to safely and more quickly resolve an incident before it has a...
'Fiscal hawks' now endangered as US shrugs at debt
Washington (AFP) - At their national convention in 2012, Republicans mounted a clock counting the growing US national debt on the wall, a warning of the looming financial catastrophe they said imperiled Americans.Eight years later, the clock has stopped under Republican President Donald Trump, and the "fiscal hawks" whose strident calls for action to contain the trillions of dollars in US government debt have either lost their influence, or are keeping quiet.The latest sign of this shift away from fiscal discipline was on full display as White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said as ...
US sanctions Iranian officials for barring candidates
Washington (AFP) - The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for the Islamic republic's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running. The officials targeted ahead of Friday's vote include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime's supreme leader. "The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime's mal...