Thursday Clutter: Trump and the Military, Ohio State University Lawsuit, Dallas Cowboys, Boston Celtics, Supergirl, Pete Townshend, Adam Sandler, and more
Sunday Clutter: House Intelligence Committee Report, Trump v. Lincoln, Newsweek, Leonardo DiCaprio, New England Patriots, Pete Davidson NDA, Aretha Franklin, and more

Friday Clutter: Rudy Giuliani, Thor the Bulldog, New England Patriots, E.T. Returns, The Irishman, The Simpsons, Prince, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all.  We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.  BDH and Little Buddha are still pretty full from our meal on Wednesday, so we had a low-key day yesterday which was mostly watering the plants and watching The Irishman.  (More on that later.)  Now, it's almost December, which means I have to find their winter clothes, and they have to start working on their Christmas lists.  However, I already know one thing they want this year.

BDH and Little Buddha want to help some terrific animals find their forever homes this holiday season.  To help make that happen, they've decided that we will donate 50% of our share of the proceeds of all sales that go through the Clutter Amazon page between now and December 31 to the Pope Memorial SPCA in New Hampshire.  Pope has a variety of great pets available for adoption, and the organization also offers a number of education programs.  The guys hope you'll consider using our page so that we can help as many animals as possible.

In the meantime, let's check out today's headlines.  There's fresh coffee on the table, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

According to new reports. when Rudy Giuliani wasn't trying to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden's family, he was busy trying to get the government to pay him. 

The City of Boston is implementing some strict new Airbnb guidelines in hopes of relieving a little bit of pressure on the local housing market.  We once had a staff discussion about whether or not to rent out Clutter Headquarters for a night here and there.  That motion was unanimously shot down in three seconds.

BDH and Little Buddha would like to congratulate Thor the bulldog on winning Best in Show at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia's National Dog Show.  Thor looks like he's a lot of fun to be around, so cheers to the champ.  Of course, we think BDH would win the title every year if he competed, but he says he gets shy in front of big crowds, so he's happy to let others have the spotlight instead.

The New England Patriots' kicking problems continue, following the news that Nick Folk needed an appendectomy this week.  Folk will be unable to play on Sunday against the Houston Texans, so the Pats signed Kai Forbath to fill in for him for the time being.  Forbath has been in the NFL since 2012, and he's played for the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, and Jacksonville Jaguars.  Folk is expected to be able to return soon, so hopefully Forbath can just hold down the fort for a bit.  Forbath is New England's fourth kicker this season, and we once again have great appreciation for the dependability that Adam Vinatieri and Stephen Gostkowski provided for so many years.

It's pretty easy to be cynical about an Xfinity ad featuring E.T. reuniting with Elliot after 37 years, but damn if it still didn't get dusty in here quickly after watching this clip:

Disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's attempt to have two sexual assault charges against him dismissed was rejected, so his trial is still scheduled to begin in January 2020.  Weinstein is looking at a potential life sentence if convicted.

As we mentioned earlier, we finally saw Martin Scorsese's new movie, The Irishman, on Netflix yesterday.  (You know, it's your typical Thanksgiving flick.)   We may have fallen a bit for the hype, but it's still a good film.  You can't miss with Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci working together on a mob movie.  De Niro stars as Frank Sheeran, a man who was in World War II, joined the mob as a hitman, and eventually became a union leader.  Pesci plays mob boss Russell Bufalino who becomes Sheeran's mentor.  Of course, we can't forget to mention Al Pacino as famous union leader Jimmy Hoffa.   The movie is based on the real Sheeran's autobiography, so it comes with the usual disclaimers about accuracy, but it's still a generally engaging ride.

The Irishman shows how the relationships between the men play out, and it's interesting, but it's also definitely 3 1/2 hours long.  The de-aging effects used for De Niro and Pesci are a little distracting at times, and it's hard to tell how big the age gap is supposed to be between the two men.  Pesci has a quiet menace about him, which holds your attention throughout the movie.  We don't get much of a sense of De Niro's character as a man except that he's got a violent temper and seems detached from most of his actions.  Killing people helped him survive the war, and he doesn't have much issue with doing it now.  Meanwhile, Pacino is in full "Al Pacino" mode.  He bears no resemblance to Hoffa but still brings that manic energy that eventually leads to Hoffa's downfall.  Sheeran is the last one standing at the end of the movie, and by that point, he has to be wondering, "what was the point of all of this?"  Overall, we'd give it a B+.

The Irishman Cast November 29 2019An all star cast delivers the possible final chapter of Martin Scorsese's mob tales.  (pic via nepascene.com)

The Simpsons theme song composer Danny Elfman thinks the show might be coming to a close soon.  Could such a thing be possible?  We never hear anyone talk about The Simpsons anymore.  However, after 32 seasons, the show's been around for about 75% as long as we have, and we were starting to think it would still be here after we were gone.  What do you think - will it be a big deal when Bart, Homer, and company finally call it quits, or would life go on without missing a beat?  Maybe Elfman was just messing with everyone, because he knows the plan is for the show to run for another 30 years. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Prince close out the week with some, "Raspberry Beret," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  BDH and Little Buddha are already asking when you'll be back, but no pressure or anything.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll catch up with you again for more coffee soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

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