If someone does not share your religious beliefs, that does not mean your beliefs are being violated.

If you have strongly held religious beliefs and your job does something that does not fit with those beliefs, you have two options: put those beliefs aside while at work or leave that job.

That’s how it works in the US, how it’s always worked.

Your religion is a lifestyle choice that you can’t expect everyone else to choose. Your employer has to make reasonable accommodations for your religious beliefs; it can’t forbid you to wear a crucifix or a star of David or any religious hat or scarf or head dress. But expecting your employer to discriminate against other people due to your particular religious beliefs is both unreasonable and illegal.

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” visits New Jersey, but then hits all the crappy parts known.

It’s a blurry line separating Uber and hitchhiking, isn’t it?

Your garment steamer can be used to prepare a quick and nutritious meal. Just wave it over your favorite food items — broccoli, kale, little neck clams — as you would your Loro Piana blazzer and lunch is ready in seconds!

If an insomniac says “that’s so easy I could do it in my sleep” should I be worried or reassured?  

It’s actually not so strange that Catholics think that you can pray the gay away, because they also think that you can pray the straight away. “No sex for anyone”, that’s their motto, right? Abstinence for all, amen.

“Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck” really is a montage of heck. I’m watching it now and I’m confused as to why there’s all this pointless animation? Apparently there was a large storage space filled with tapes and video of Kurt, Courtney, Nirvana, etc. so why can’t we see more of it? Why are we shown all this After Effects animation of doodles? Ok, I’m assuming they’re Kurt’s doodles, although that’s not entirely clear, but the guy was known for his music not his doodles. Yes it’s interesting that he doodled so much, but wow it’s like 85% of this stupid documentary so far. See, I already know the words to the song Rape Me so seeing those words animated on white lined paper isn’t very interesting. I hope this thing turns around and gets back to its actual subject matter, because this documentary feels a lot like a very long and very bad music video.

Why all the 1950’s and 1960’s stock footage? It made sense at the top to set the stage/mood for when Kurt’s parents met and then raised Kurt, but there’s no reason why it needs to continue.

And what about Dave Grohl? Did he refuse to participate? So far there’s no interview with him.

The thing is I really liked “The Kid Stays in the Picture”. That is an awesome documentary! But with Robert Evans’ story there was no storage space filled with audio tapes, videos, photpgraphs, etc. so Brett Morgen had to rely on animation to tell that story. But it ain’t working for Kurt’s story. I want to see more of the video, photos, and audio and a lot less of Kurt’s journals animated on screen.

And Morgen just missed an obvious follow up question with Courtney when she said she once nearly cheated on Kurt. He didn’t ask, “with whom?” That’s like a DOC101 mistake.

Alright, back to the film …

Ok it just wrapped up. I liked it and I am glad I watched it. But I did not love it. I was expecting and really hoping for something more in depth, and yes even more voyeuristic. Instead we got something like an SVA student’s After Effects comp. (A very talented student, ok sure.) No interview with Dave or Pat Smear. Oh well! But it was so much better than Nick Broomfield’s “Kurt and Courtney”, which is perhaps the worst documentary ever made.

With its limited theatrical release HBO is clearly thinking this is Oscar material.


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