Tuesday, May 11, 2010


While readers of this site will by now have figured out that I am an avid (dare I say rabid?) sci-fi, comics and adventure buff, I would be remiss where I not to recommend wholeheartedly and without reservation the following films: The Losers and Iron Man 2.

The Losers

The Losers is a great film, another in a long line of caper/buddy flicks, this time involving covert operatives on the payback trail as opposed to a bank job, mob rubout, et cetera. It features one of the most underrated actors out there today - Idriss Elba. Elba has gotten busy since the demise of his leading character from HBO's The Wire, Stringer Bell. Since then he's gone on to star in a couple of romantic comedies (including Daddy's Little Girls). However 'Musings' isn't as a blog know for its interest in romantic comedies, we'll reference only his two recent roles that speak to our readers, Rock 'n Rolla (Guy Ritchie's great flick from 2009, featuring Gerard Butler alongside Elba) and The Losers.

Iron Man 2

How can you go wrong? Robert Downey, Jr., reprising his role as Tony Stark, alongside great actor Don Cheadle (in a role formerly played by Terrence Howard in the first installment), and Mickey Rourke (who has also had a great boost to his acting career of late, with parts in Man on Fire, Sin City, The Wrestler and now Iron Man 2) all do more than carry their weight.

The Illinois General Assembly soldiers on...

The Illinois General Assembly went on recess after a session of several substantial pieces of legislation, most notably pension reform. However, they have yet to complete work on the 800-pound gorilla in the room: the annual operating budget for the state government's own operations. There is a gaping $13 billion budget deficit, an amount large enough that no amount of fiscal slight-of-hand, borrowing or other stopgap measure can paper over.

We all now wait with bated breath for the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate President, Senate Minority Leader and Governor to hash out some sort of tentative agreement that they believe their respective caucuses and supporters will go for, at which time they will call everyone back to the state capitol Springfield, Illinois for a final vote. We're nowhere near finished yet, people.