Author: L. Treviño

O.G. Series: The Manchurian Candidate Unleashes a Fearless Angela Lansbury

Few films evoke the spooky paranoid atmosphere of the Cold War more than John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962). So many elements work together, from the quiet unfolding, black&white stark composition of scenes to the sweaty hothouse garden party dream sequences. But it could just be the presence of one of the all-time great villains hiding in plain sight that gives this film its lasting visceral gut punch. Imagine this, at the height of the Cold War and not too long after the McCarthy era’s Red Scare and the Korean War, The Manchurian Candidate is released to the world, placing a silver-screen mirror up to American society. The reflection ain’t pretty. The villains in this Cold War fever dream are not out there, not in Russia, and not the Orientalized Other. No, the villain is in in your own government; it’s in your platoon; it might even be in your own family. The enemy is as American as apple pie. Angela Lansbury, an accomplished artist with a career spanning decades and is included in the …

Valley Limons

My dad was a postman. Growing up as a kid of a postman gives one a unique appreciation for the awesome capabilities of a daily home delivery service that just seems like it has always been there. Through rain, sleet and snow… Lest I spiral off into a tangent, let’s get back to the matter at hand. The post office?  No — Valley Limons! Now I don’t know if Valley Limons are actually “a thing,” but they are as real as Khaleesi’s dragons in my home.  In short, it’s my dad. He’s got a knack for all things green and animal kingdom.  So it is he who impressed upon me the wonders of the not so elusive, but nevertheless hard-to-find Valley Limon: a unique hybrid of lemons and limes cultivated in the melting pot that is South Texas. Cool! Then, he spoke of the contraband seedling he hauled all the way from the Valley  up to San Antonio and planted in his own yard. Fugitive Valley Limon.  Double cool! Now, we can behold the Valley …

The Perfect…Laptop Sleeve

Getting a new laptop is a big deal.  Almost certainly, you are replacing a much used, beloved  device that has – in my case, at least – weathered many bumps, scratches and near-miss coffee catastrophes. And those are just the external dangers! My laptop has hobbled on its last legs for a while now, slowly losing functionality.  Random keyboard tiles stopped working, the CD/DVD player rejected all manner of content, and, then, the final death knell came: OS upgrades were not compatible. Ouch. So, the new laptop arrived in all its shiny, fully-functional glory! Hooray!! Then the next question immediately came: What am I going to carry this thing in? I knew I didn’t want to go the whole laptop bag route.  Been there, done that.  I wanted a sleeve. So I had drilled down my shopping focus. Win. I promptly took to an online shopping search.  I hit my usual spots. The requirements? Something streamlined. Something functional. Something with that indescribable X factor. Found it. (And it didn’t even take that long.  Whew!) Herschel …