Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 03/16/2018

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

BILLY ABRAHAM IS SLOWLY RUNNING OUT OF HIS NINE LIVES AND SOON HE WILL LOSE MOST OF HIS REAL ESTATE EMPIRE IN EL PASO – After a legal fight with his creditors, who were seeking a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Mott has ordered a trustee to be assigned to sell off Billy Abraham’s 11 El Paso properties to pay off his $1.3 million debt to the relatives of Juan Gabriel and others.  Though his creditors argued that his finances and records were so muddled that more information was needed to determine how much he actually earns and what exactly it is he owns, it appears the judge will allow just the 11 registered Billy Abraham properties to be sold to cover his debts.  The money from the sale of the 11 buildings should be more than enough to cover the debt and Billy Abraham will live to fight another day with whatever businesses and real estate he has stuffed away in partnerships and corporations.  So though we are nearing the end of the nine lives of Billy Abraham, this is not the last you will hear of his wacky business adventures.  (cbs4local.com)

UTEP HAS A NEW BASKETBALL COACH!  LET’S HOPE THE NEW COACH CAN MANAGE A SEASON WITHOUT MULTIPLE PLAYERS LEAVING EVERY OTHER WEEK – Let the next chapter of UTEP Basketball begin.  Rodney Terry has left Fresno State and will be the new head basketball coach at UTEP.  He had some success at Fresno and felt that he had done all he could at Fresno State; either that or he was just looking for an excuse to get out of Fresno.  Good luck to new coach Rodney Terry and hopefully he can take UTEP out of the athletic doldrums they are currently in.  The next few seasons will be a rebuilding period, but if he can get the team to at least the NIT on an yearly basis after a few years that would be a major improvement.  It’s Confernece USA, a storied program like UTEP has no excuse not to get into at least the NIT on an yearly basis.  (cbs4local.com)

VERONICA ESCOBAR WON THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY WITH OVER 60 PERCENT OF THE VOTE AND BEAT THE CLOSEST COMPETITOR BY MORE THAN 20 PERCENTAGE POINTS.  SOMEHOW, NORMA CHAVEZ THINKS THIS MEANS THAT THERE WAS “HACKING” INVOLVED AND HER LACK OF VOTES IS NOT BECAUSE MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE CITY THINK SHE IS AN IDIOT – If you ever needed proof that most of the people who run for public office in El Paso are crazy idiots, look no further than the latest publicity stunt by Norma Chavez, Enrique Garcia and John Carrillo.  Normally election fraud is alleged when it is a close race and a few votes are moved to swing an election.  When you are leading in the polls and win by more than twenty percentage points it would be pretty stupid and a bit of overkill to engage in “hard drive hacking” as alleged by Norma Chavez and friends.  This scheme is so stupid and absurd that even 2nd place finisher Dori Fenenbock is staying out of the whole mess and Fenenbock took part in the almost as stupid Children’s Hospital publicity stunt that the idiot posse put together just before the election.  If anything, you can always count on El Paso politics to have a little crazy and stupid thrown in to make things entertaining.  (cbs4local.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA IS FINALLY BEING PROSECUTED FOR CORRUPTION ALMOST A DECADE AFTER THE ALLEGED GRAFT AND RACKETEERING OCCURRED.  IF SOUTH AFRICA CAN DO IT, SO CAN AMERICA.  LET’S JUST HOPE IT’S SOONER THAN A DECADE FOR THE IDIOT IN THE WHITE HOUSE TO FACE THE MUSIC – When not dealing with water shortages and the killing of random white farmers, the people of South Africa have to deal with corruption and incompetence from their leaders.  But things are looking up.  President Zuma was forced to resign his presidency last month and now the new leadership is pursuing the corruption allegations that have plagued Zuma and his cronies for years.  None of this will bring the water back, end the prejudice or fix the economy any time soon – but it’s a start.  Let’s hope that the saying “whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” also applies to nations.  (Bloomberg.com)

SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, BENDER IS DRINKING A FORTY IN HONOR OF STEPHEN HAWKING – Famed Futurama character, and brilliant physicist, Stephen Hawking has died.  In addition to being a character on Futurama and The Simpsons, Stephen Hawking is best known for his work with relativity and quantum mechanics as well as his insight into black holes.  At age 22 he was given only a few years to live as he gradually lost most of his physical control to a rare disease and had to depend on a motorized wheelchair to move around and a computerized voice to speak.  He proved those doctors wrong and lived to age 78 and managed to produce some of his most important work after that time.  Perhaps more amazing than any of his work in physics is that he managed to leave his wife and shack up with another woman all while in this condition.  He had game.  Rest in Peace, Stephen Hawking.  (bbc.com)

THAT SWEEPING SOUND YOU HERE IS AUSTIN AUTHORITIES TRYING TO SWEEP THE TERRORIST MAIL BOMBINGS UNDER THE RUG IN ORDER NOT TO DISTURB THE ONGOING GENERIC CORPORATE MEDIA EVENT #1138 2018 TAKING PLACE IN AUSTIN AT THIS TIME – Terrorist mail bombings have occurred multiple times this month in Austin, killing 2 people and injuring others.  Because the victims are minorities and the bomb senders have not been identified as Muslims and/or immigrants, no one seems to care and this is just being considered a “random crime”.  But rest assured, if random white people had been targeted by Muslim immigrants then Donald Trump himself would have tweeted about this for 5 days straight and this week’s Generic Corporate Media Event #1138 2018 would have been cut short.  (cbs4local.com)

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – Semifinal #2 / Drama Vs. Popcorn Movie

SEMIFINAL #2

DRAMA VS. POPCORN MOVIE

Vs.

Borg Vs. McEnroe (14 – Drama) Vs. Blade Runner 2049 (11 – Popcorn Movie)

ACTING

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

WRITING/DIALOGUE

TIE

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Blade Runner 2049

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Blade Runner 2049

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Blade Runner 2049

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Blade Runner 2049

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Blade Runner 2049

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Blade Runner 2049

 

FINAL SCORE

Borg Vs. McEnroe (14 – Drama) – 9

Blade Runner 2049 (11 – Popcorn Movie) – 13 (Advances to Final)

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – Semifinal #1 / Action Vs. Comedy

SEMIFINAL #1

ACTION VS. COMEDY

Vs.

See You Up There (Au Revoir La-Haut) (16 – Action) Vs. I, Tonya (6 – Comedy)

ACTING

TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  I, Tonya

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  See You Up There

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  See You Up There

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  See You Up There

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  I, Tonya

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  See You Up There

DIRECTING

Advantage:  See You Up There

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  I, Tonya

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  See You Up There

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  I, Tonya

 

FINAL SCORE

See You Up There (Au Revoir La-Haut) (16 – Action) – 13 (Advances to Final)

I, Tonya (6 – Comedy) – 9

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – Popcorn Movie Bracket Final / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

POPCORN MOVIE BRACKET

ROUND 3 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

 

1) Coco Vs. 5) Logan

ACTING

Advantage:  Logan

WRITING/DIALOGUE

TIE

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Coco

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Coco

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Logan

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Logan

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Coco

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Logan

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Logan

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Logan

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Logan

 

FINAL SCORE

1) Coco – 7

5) Logan – 15 (Advances to Quarterfinals)

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10) War For The Planet Of The Apes Vs. 11) Blade Runner 2049

ACTING

Advantage:  Planet Of The Apes

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Blade Runner

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Blade Runner

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Blade Runner

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Blade Runner

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Planet Of The Apes

STORY/MEANING

TIE

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Blade Runner

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Planet Of The Apes

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Blade Runner

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Planet Of The Apes

 

FINAL SCORE

10) War For The Planet Of The Apes – 9

11) Blade Runner 2049 – 13 (Advances to Quarterfinals)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 QUARTERFINAL

POPCORN MOVIE BRACKET FINAL

 

5) Logan Vs. 11) Blade Runner 2049

ACTING

Advantage:  Logan

WRITING/DIALOGUE

TIE

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Blade Runner

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage: Blade Runner

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Blade Runner

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Logan

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Blade Runner

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Blade Runner

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Logan

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Blade Runner

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Logan

 

FINAL SCORE

5) Logan – 9

11) Blade Runner 2049 – 13 (Top Popcorn Movie 2017 – Advances to Semifinals)

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – Drama Bracket Final / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

drama BRACKET

ROUND 3 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

 

1) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Vs. 4) Darkest Hour

ACTING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Three Billboards

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Darkest Hour

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Darkest Hour

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Darkest Hour

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Three Billboards

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Three Billboards

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Three Billboards

 

FINAL SCORE

1) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – 16 (Advances to Quarterfinal)

4) Darkest Hour – 6

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2) Call Me By Your Name Vs. 14) Borg Vs. McEnroe

ACTING

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Call Me By Your Name

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Call Me By Your Name

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

STORY/MEANING

TIE

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Call Me By Your Name

 

FINAL SCORE

2) Call Me By Your Name – 7

14) Borg Vs. McEnroe – 15 (Advances to Quarterfinal)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 QUARTERFINAL

DRAMA BRACKET FINAL

 

1) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Vs. 14) Borg Vs. McEnroe

ACTING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Three Billboards

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Borg Vs. McEnroe

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Three Billboards

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Three Billboards

 

FINAL SCORE

1) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – 10

14) Borg Vs. McEnroe – 12 (Top Drama 2017 – Advances to Semifinals)

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – Comedy Bracket Final / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

COMEDY BRACKET

ROUND 3 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

 

4) The Disaster Artist Vs. 16) This Is Not What I Expected

ACTING

Advantage:  The Disaster Artist

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  The Disaster Artist

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  The Disaster Artist

DIRECTING

Advantage:  The Disaster Artist

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  The Disaster Artist

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  The Disaster Artist

 

FINAL SCORE

4) The Disaster Artist – 12 (Advances to Quarterfinal)

16) This Is Not What I Expected – 10

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6) I, Tonya Vs. 10) T2 Trainspotting

ACTING

Advantage:  I, Tonya

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  T2 Trainspotting

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  I, Tonya

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  I, Tonya

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  T2 Trainspotting

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  I, Tonya

STORY/MEANING

TIE

DIRECTING

Advantage:  I, Tonya

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  T2 Trainspotting

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  I, Tonya

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  I, Tonya

 

FINAL SCORE

6) I, Tonya – 15 (Advances to Quarterfinal)

10) T2 Trainspotting – 7

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 QUARTERFINAL

COMEDY BRACKET FINAL

4) The Disaster Artist Vs. 6) I, Tonya

ACTING

TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  I, Tonya

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  I, Tonya

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  I, Tonya

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  I, Tonya

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  I, Tonya

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  The Disaster Artist

DIRECTING

Advantage:  I, Tonya

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  I, Tonya

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  I, Tonya

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  The Disaster Artist

 

FINAL SCORE

4) The Disaster Artist – 5

6) I, Tonya – 17 (Top Comedy 2017 – Advances to Semifinals)

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – Action Movie Bracket Final / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

ACTION MOVIE BRACKET

ROUND 3 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

 

5) Baby Driver Vs. 16) See You Up There (Au Revoir La-Haut)

ACTING

Advantage:  See You Up There

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Baby Driver

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  See You Up There

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  See You Up There

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  See You Up There

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Baby Driver

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  See You Up There

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Baby Driver

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Baby Driver

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  See You Up There

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Baby Driver

 

FINAL SCORE

5) Baby Driver – 10

16) See You Up There (Au Revoir La-Haut) – 12 (Advances to Quarterfinal)

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2) Dunkirk Vs. 3) Good Time

ACTING

Advantage:  Good Time

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Good Time

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Dunkirk

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Dunkirk

SOUND/MUSIC

TIE

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Good Time

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Good Time

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Dunkirk

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Good Time

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Good Time

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Dunkirk

 

FINAL SCORE

2) Dunkirk – 9

3) Good Time – 13 (Advances to Quarterfinal)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 QUARTERFINAL

ACTION MOVIE BRACKET FINAL

3) Good Time Vs. 16) See You Up There (Au Revoir La-Haut)

ACTING

TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  See You Up There

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  See You Up There

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  See You Up There

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Good Time

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Good Time

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  See You Up There

DIRECTING

Advantage:  See You Up There

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Good Time

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  See You Up There

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  See You Up There

 

FINAL SCORE

3) Good Time – 7

16) See You Up There (Au Revoir La-Haut) – 15 (Top Action Movie 2017 – Advances to Semifinals)

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – Popcorn Movie Bracket / 2nd Round Results

POPCORN MOVIE BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

 

1) Coco Vs. 9) Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

ACTING

Advantage:  Guardians

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Guardians

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Coco

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Coco

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Coco

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Guardians

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Coco

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Guardians

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Guardians

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Coco

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Coco

 

FINAL SCORE

1) Coco – 12 (Advances to 3rd Round)

9) Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – 10

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – Drama Bracket / 2nd Round Results

drama BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

 

1) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Vs. 8) Wonder

ACTING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Three Billboards

CINEMATOGRAPHY

TIE

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Three Billboards

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Wonder

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Wonder

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Three Billboards

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Wonder

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Wonder

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Three Billboards

 

FINAL SCORE

1) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – 13 (Advances to 3rd Round)

8) Wonder – 9

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2017 – COMEDY BRACKET / 2nd Round Results

comedy BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

 

8) The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) Vs. 16) This Is Not What I Expected

ACTING

TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  The Meyerowitz Stories

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  The Meyerowitz Stories

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

DIRECTING

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  This Is Not What I Expected

 

FINAL SCORE

8) The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected)- 5

16) This Is Not What I Expected – 17 (Advances to 3rd Round)

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