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Men take center stage in Ridley Scott’s new ‘The Last Duel’


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C’mon males, ‘Duel’ higher

In the Middle Ages, girls — even earlier than Harvey, R. Kelly, Raniere, Cosby, and so forth. — had been handled badly. Like awful.

Comes now Ridley Scott’s newie movie “The Last Duel,” starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver dueling over Jodie Comer.

Damon: “In those days women were not seen as people. They were seen as property of their father.”

Affleck: “It maybe has echoes and connections to the present.”

Male roles bought scripted PDQ. For the feminine facet, indie author Nicole Holofcener was introduced in and says: “I’ve never written anything like this. I thought at first it was a joke. Is this like ‘Monty Python’? And then I read it, and a comedy it’s not.”

“The Last Duel” should now duel it out with the final word display misogynist — James Bond.

All fired up over arson scourge

OK, local weather change ties into horrendous forest fires, however the local weather had assist — like from the 120 arsonists arrested in California. Criminology professor Gary Maynard, specializing in deviant felony conduct, is now charged with setting fireplace in the Sierra Nevadas. He understands the crime of arson. He’s now in a Sacramento jail awaiting trial. Please, what is going on to us?!

Colorful phrases

Dealing with language — at the least to grasp the Mother Tongue sufficiently to mangle it — I undertook a examine of its colourful etymology and the way it got here to be:

Red tape — Red signifies blood. Bloody combat. Symbol of ardour. Flushed with shade. The phrase started in the sixteenth century.

Green with envy — Poetess Sappho, seventh century BC, believing a jealous lover’s pallid complexion was from an overproduction of bile, started it.

Yellow-belly — Representing cowardice, wordsmiths liken it to deceitful Judas who will get principally pictured in a dingy, yellow gown.

Blackball — Ellen Conroy’s 1921 “Symbolism of Color” guide likens it to darkness. Lack of human notion or divine knowledge. Absence of sunshine.

White lies — Symbolizing purity, even smallest drop of dye or grime smudge destroys the colour.

In a blue moon — An actual blue moon goes again tons of of years. 1883, Indonesia’s volcano Krakatoa exploded and turned the moon blue worldwide for almost two years.

Silver spoon — Comes from the 1719 translation of “Don Quixote”: “Not all gold glitters and every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”

In the pink — Dates to the 1500s, a pale flower referred to as dianthus. They’re nonetheless often known as pinks.

Rose-colored glasses — From the phrase rosy. Came to make use of in the 1700s to point optimism.

Gray space — twelfth century English phrase “graeg” connotes a spot not as determined as a slum however in decline, in want of rebuilding.

Ahh, germs!!

Henry Winkler. Germophobe. Once, Down Under — earlier than CV — he confirmed up in Sydney carrying 10 antiseptic wipes. In his pockets. At all instances. Just to sanitize the Aussies? . . . Cameron Diaz, together with her personal worry of selecting up no matter, is thought to open doorways together with her elbows to keep away from any nasties that perhaps arrange store on the knobs . . . Howie Mandel’s bacteriaphobia is thought even to unborn lemurs in Madagascar . . . Must be one thing with variations of the identify Howie, as a result of there’s Howard Stern. Try to kiss him, hug him, embrace him or lick his earlobe? It’s not on . . . And Trump? Admittedly it’s “psychological,” however he prefers Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, even Dems to anybody who hasn’t scrubbed their palms earlier than getting into his Oval Office.

Lawyer to consumer: “You need a wife. Think of all the things that happen that you can’t blame on the government.”

Mostly Only in New York, youngsters, solely in New York.

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