We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Classical music: Carl Stalling of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies may have been Hollywood's greatest proponent of classical music and of great contemporary music. His work on "What's Opera, Doc?" is superlative. His use of the 1937 piece "Powerhouse" by Raymond Scott in several factory scenes was marvelous.
Stalling was a genius. He had at his disposal the Warner Brothers Orchestra which was 50 of the best studio musicians to ever assemble as one unit and of course the inestimable Milt Franklyn as the bands director.
And let's not forget Rabbit of Seville and Rhapsody Rabbit. :>)
I never watch the oscars or those other self agrandizing productions but I do watch the news and obviously hear which movies are getting all the buzz. I don't know if I would have choosen "The King's Voice" to go see at the theater but I do know that the hollywood elite and I are from different planets so now that they have annointed that movie I certainly will remove it from my maybe list.
There was a movie critic on TV in L.A. 30 years or so ago who had a 30 second spot on the nightly news. If he panned a movie then I knew it was probably a good one. He was extremely consistent in his anti-predictions.
Al Gore is late at the gate. The climate catastrophe zealots were claiming in the 1930s that the artic would soon be ice free and ships could easily transit the Arctic ocean. In the 1930s the climate was in a warming trend and we had several years or drought so the predictions were the central United States was going to become a desert, Canada would become temperate and the Arctic ice cap would melt.
The central US is normally only a little wetter than a desert anyway. In normal precipitation years, places like Kansas and Northern Texas get enough rain. Any sub-average year will look a lot like a drought, and it always did. The Dust Bowl of the 1930's needed only a small drop in precipitation that lasted a little longer than usual to become a near-desert.
The rest of the prediction sounds like yesterday's headlines, just as you said.