Netflix Original: The Fundamentals of Caring

If Paul Rudd was discovered to have the (ahem) “Bill Cosby problem”, I’m pretty sure that America would fall into a depression and cry for days. Currently, Rudd is competing with Chris Pratt over (seemingly) the title of  NICEST GUY EVER. I pray that neither one of them gets caught banging the babysitter so much as jaywalks

Rudd’s character Ben has a secret in The Fundamentals of Caring and he spends an hour and a half running from it, but not in the way that people do in John Grisham movies. He’s suffered a trauma and tries to bury it by caring for Trevor (Craig Roberts), a young man suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is as bad as it sounds. At first, Ben and Trevor clash, but then an impromptu road trip bonds them and they deal with the awful stuff that’s making them miserable

Along the way, they pick up Dot (Selena Gomez) and Peaches (Megan Ferguson), the latter of whom is extremely pregnant. Our unhappy quartet attempt to mesh into a dysfunctional family as they seek out cheesy roadside attractions and, ultimately, seek out Trevor’s horrible, estranged father (Frederick Weller)

Selena Gomez and Craig Roberts
Selena Gomez and Craig Roberts

One hidden gem in the cast is Trevor’s mother, Elsa, played by Jennifer Ehle. Ehle plays Elsa as no-nonsense English woman, who has been worn down by her son’s disease and her husband’s desertion, but she also has an undeniable vulnerability. Elsa’s doesn’t coddle Trevor, but she shows great concern when Ben suggests taking him more than an hour from his house for the first time ever. The greatest compliment I can give Ehle is that I was left wanting more Elsa

I am loathe to pile on the late, lamented Vinyl (as I did here), but the five minutes of Bobby Cannavale that we get in The Fundamentals of Caring are better than everything he did in the (lamented) first only season of Vinyl

Fundamentals comes from the mind of Rob Burnett, who was David Letterman’s right-hand man for many years. Some will find tonal qualities similar to the Apatow Empire, but I also detected a little hint of We Need To Talk About Kevin and the slightest aroma of Little Miss Sunshine. Not entirely a comedy, but also not strictly a drama. Netflix has once again shown that it’s investment into original content makes for quality programming. While Fundamentals may not be in the same league as HBO’s excellent All the Way, it’s another “date night” winner for Netflix

The Fundamentals of Caring is now streaming on Netflix

Roadies: Your New Favorite TV Show

In every Cameron Crowe film, there’s a character that’s more than a protagonist. There’s a voice and conscience that carries you through the dialogue and action. John Cusack‘s Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything… set the standard with his slacker uncool coolness mixed with punk sensibilities. Campbell Scott didn’t do as well as Steve Dunne in Singlesbut still managed to make a mark with his insecure sensitivity and lovable loser vibe. Orlando Bloom and Bradley Cooper both missed the mark in Elizabethtown and Aloha, respectively, and the films were largely unsatisfying because the voice wasn’t there

In Crowe’s new original series for Showtime, Roadies, I would argue that Imogen Poots (playing Kelly Ann) is the voice. Some will say that it’s Luke Wilson‘s fairly standard Bill, but I would argue that Poots’ character is more interesting and, indeed, one of the stronger female characters Crowe has ever created. Not that his cupboard is bare in that department. I would point to Lili Taylor‘s role in Say Anything… and Susan Sarandon‘s underrated Hollie Baylor from Elizabethtown as evidence that the man can write interesting female characters

Roadies updates Crowe’s love letter to the 70s arena rock, Almost Famous (easily one of Crowe’s best films), with a modern take on the crews that make the rockin’ world go ’round. Kelly Ann is light rigger who wants to leave the game, but she loves music too much. Bill is a rock and roll lifer who is going through a midlife crisis, in denial that he’s got feelings for his married co-worker Shelli (played by Carla Gugino). Everyone else is the rock and roll family tries hard to avoid growing up and committing the most egregious of sins, selling out

One of the more inspired casting decisions comes in casting comedian Ron White as uber rock shaman Phil. SPOILER: Mr. White is notorious for not liking the actor’s schedule, so he doesn’t make it past the pilot. But, in the time he is onscreen, he comes off as a mix of Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, trying to impart his Rock God wisdom to a young, impressionable generation of young roadies, who are aware they missed rock’s best days

Crowe has made his name by creative use of music and Roadies continues this, particularly in a climactic scene where Kelly Ann runs back to her rock destiny to the strains of Pearl Jam’s “Given to Fly” (Crowe directed the band’s documentary Pearl Jam 20 and has known the band’s members for more than a quarter century). After the disaster that was Aloha (the film was undercut before it’s release, thanks to the infamous Sony e-mail hack), this feels a lot more like Crowe going back to his mother’s milk of rock and roll. The life of the roadie is full of drudgery, dull boring routines, and little moments of magic mixed with ordinary, messy life

Take the ride

Showtime has made the premiere episode of Roadies available without a subscription. You can stream it on You Tube here

 

Review: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2

If you don’t like Tina Fey, this is where you depart. If you didn’t like 30 Rock or Mean Girls or any of Tina’s stuff from SNL, you won’t like this. Don’t torture yourself trying to get what all the cool people rave about. I’m not sure when you missed your opportunity to be cool, but it happened and you probably need to examine that at least a little. Otherwise, the rest of your life will just be a pointless journey

Ah, the darkness

When I tried to explain the premise of Kimmy, people who weren’t familiar with it would recoil when I would explain it was about a woman who was kidnapped and enslaved by a cult leader in an underground bunker, but then rescued and had to adjust to life in New York City and the ensuing emotional pain. Come to think of it, as I type that, I can see that it doesn’t really seem that funny. Not like “wacky black doctor and his lawyer wife navigate family life as he wears loud sweaters”

Too soon?

But, that’s sort of the thing about Tina Fey’s voice. She insists on doing things the hard way. How can anyone give a damn about a spoiled bunch of people producing a late night TV show? Well, she made us do it. She’s that good and that smart. It’s kind of confounding

One of the great weapons she has going for her in Kimmy is the delightful Ellie Kemper. It is literally impossible not to like Ellie Kemper. I think that somewhere, ISIS leaders have even instructed their guys to give her a pass. She’s just one of those people whose onscreen persona makes you want to hang with her or bake her something or buy her a gift card, but the gift card would probably put her in a tough spot, because you always go over on those and then you’re making the recipient come out-of-pocket, which sucks. And then, you, maybe come up a little short and you end up with a gift card with like $1.83 left on it and that won’t buy anything, so you just have this damn gift card on your bar at home next to the electric bill and it just sits there for like 8 months because it’s not good for anything

Ellie Kemper would forgive you for the lousy gift card

In season 2 of Kimmy, things do, indeed, get darker, as Kimmy tries to find her mother (Lisa Kudrow, in some damn fine casting), while trying to help her alcoholic shrink (Fey) and deal with one of her former bunker mates getting married. Along the way, she gets a job as an Uber driver and has to deal with many outrageous situations

Her friend Titus (Tituss Burgess) gets out of his own selfishness long enough to score a boyfriend, which brings about many hilarious complications. Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) navigates life after divorce and Lilian (Carol Kane) does some crazy stuff, but it doesn’t really matter because watching Carol Kane do just about anything is amazing

Also, we get one of the most disturbing cartoon sequences in the history of entertainment. Seriously, if your kids wander into the living room in the middle of this and go “OOH! Cartoons!”, don’t let them watch this or you’ll be setting them up for a lifetime of anti psychotics and millions of dollars in therapy

I’m serious

And Tina did it again. She made me care about this disparate group of people living in a place I’ve visited twice in my life. She’s just got this weird way of making it happen. I don’t know if the second season was as good, to me, as the first, but it was pretty darn funny

They leave a nice cliffhanger for season three. I can see them getting, maybe a fourth season, before Tina brings it to an end. I get the feeling that she felt 30 Rock went on a season too long. I think she’d rather end Kimmy a little soon than risk going on too long

So, yeah, it’s a light, airy sitcom about a woman dealing with abandonment issues. It’s definitely one of those quirky comedies that networks have no idea how to market these days (Community, anyone?). That’s why Netflix is Netflix: They make it work when the networks can’t

But, trust me, on that cartoon thing

(Season 2 of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is now streaming on Netflix)

REVIEW: House of Cards, Season 4

DISCLAIMER: This post is full of spoilers! You have been warned!

I admit that I was pissed when I saw it

I had told everyone they wouldn’t do the assassination attempt thing. After all, West Wing and Scandal had already done it (not to mention films like Bulworth and Taxi Driver). Should I prepare for Julia Louis-Dreyfuss to take a bullet next season on VEEP?

But, there it was in episode 4: Zoe Barnes’ old pal Lucas Goodwin attempts to exact revenge on Frank Underwood by going all John Hickley, Jr. on him. NOTE: This happens as Underwood is approaching some protestors to discuss why they hate him, so NOBODY DO THIS! If you’re a politician, just ignore the haters in person and throw shade on them on Twitter. Much safer

But, after I got over my disappointment at HOC‘s recycling, I chilled out and enjoyed a great season. This is a nice rebound from a somewhat underwhelming season 3. I would rank the seasons, thusly (descending order): 2,1,4,3

The interesting addition to this season is Frank’s dreams/visions which run from the semi-erotic (think Eyes Wide Shutultra violent (Quentin Tarantino meets David Lynch). He dreams of murdering Claire before the assassination and then, while in a coma, he dreams of banging Zoe. The ethereal feel of Frank’s subconscious are woven throughout the season and add a textural changeup

If Robin Wright doesn’t win an Emmy for her work this season, it won’t happen. Claire Underwood deftly reconciles with her husband (kind of), attempts to run for office in Texas, make amends with her dying mother (played by the wickedly talented Ellen Burstyn, who probably deserves a supporting Emmy), watches over her wounded hubby, negotiates a deal with Russia, and maneuvers her way onto the party’s ticket with Frank. Lady MacBeth needs an Adderall

Frank survives the shooting and faces down Republican challenger Will Conway, a handsome veteran who has a family so beautiful that they would make Norman Rockwell weep. Claire arranges for Frank to be embarrassed in South Carolina by some old pictures of his father in Klan garb, so Heather Dunbar beats Frank in his home state. That’s right: Having a family member with Klan connections hurts you in The Palmetto State these day

Heather continues to dog Frank until the press finds out that she met with Lucas prior to the assassination. She is investigated and does the unthinkable: She tells the truth. Her campaign dies

Meanwhile, Conway continues to crush Frank, even after the president climbs out of his hospital bed. So, Frank and Claire deftly engineer a plan to put Mrs. Underwood on the ticket as vice-president, screwing Secretary of State Catherine Durant and throwing the Democratic Convention in Atlanta into a tizzy. It’s Claire’s mother who suggests that if Claire helps her end her life, it could be a political bonus for the Underwoods. After her mother’s death, Claire returns to Atlanta from Texas where she secures the spot as Franks’ running mate

Then, Frank has to face the threat from ICO (HOC‘s version of ISIS). As Conway scores political point after political point, President Underwood reaches his limit and allows an American to be beheaded without military intervention, under the presumption that showing toughness to terrorists will reap political benefits. And that’s the end of season 4

We get to see some old friends (Zoe in dream form, Freddy the Rib Man, and even our old buddy President Walker) and a few new ones (Neve Campbell is just great as Claire’s consigliere). Ultimately, this is a satisfying season and, I think, we could get two more from Beau Willimon and his troops. I had previously thought that next season might be the last, but we haven’t even made it through re-election

As for Frank, it becomes clear that he is the Bizarro Jed Bartlet. While both are Democrats and both have been shot, Jed is from the North and Frank is from the South. Jed attended the University of Notre Dame, while Frank went to the (fake) Citadel. Frank lies for political gain, while Jed’s lies are about his illness. Also, Frank kills his political enemies while Bartlet tends to hire his. Also, Jed Bartlet doesn’t arrange lovers for his wife

The 4th wall breaks are used judiciously and always make perfect sense. It’s really amazing that Willimon doesn’t overuse the device. It has become something we all expect, so it seems that the audience anticipates it and the more you delay it, the more they want it. Kind of like a rock band doing their hit from thirty years ago: The boys may get tired of doing it, but the audience wants to hear it every night

Kevin Spacey so inhabits Frank Underwood that it seems almost cliche to talk about how good he is. In fact, the assassination attempt and subsequent coma give the rest of the cast a chance to shine. So, in that, I suppose the plot device should be seen as a plus. Frankly, given our violent culture and our history, it’s almost impossible not to do a presidential drama without addressing violence to our Commander-in-Chief. As Frank points out, one in 10 presidents are assassinated and 1 in 4 are shot at. I suppose the sadness is that getting shot is such a part of our reality, not our fantasy

But, if they bring in a blue dress next season…

Vinyl: Worse Than Ballers

Last year, I began to watch HBO’s original series Ballers. I didn’t fall in love with it from the beginning, but I kept watching, hoping that the mediocre series would become funny, at some point. I like The Rock. I like sports. I like behind-the-scenes looks at stuff, so it seemed like a no-brainer for me

It never got better

The show wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good, either. The Daily Show alum Rob Corddry was a bright spot, but not enough to carry the show

This year, I was intrigued by HBO’s new drama Vinyl, which promised to take us on a wild ride through the music industry of the 1970s

Created by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Vinyl was highly-promoted and showed a lot of promise. Reviews, however, have been mixed. In fact, some people have been crapping since the credits began rolling on the pilot

I hate it when people simply say “that sucks” or “I hate that” about music/television/film with no detail, so I will list in descending order my grievances and also a couple of things that I like about the show

First, the negatives:

  1. I don’t buy Bobby Cannavale as the lead character. I accept that Mr. Cannavale is a fine actor who has logged many fine performances in his career, but I just don’t buy him as the drug-fueled, mercurial Richie Finestra. There’s just something missing there that makes it seem like he’s playing Ray Liotta’s character in Goodfellas with a pinch of Scarface. I’m not seeing a lot of nuance here
  2. There’s no one to root for on this show. I think we’re supposed to be cheering for this up-and-coming band The Nasty Bits (fronted by Jagger’s son), but they come off as petulant punks and I don’t mean that in a good way. Finestra’s wife (played by Olivia Wilde) has moment of redemption, but it’s hard to be sympathetic to a mom who drove off and left her kids at a restaurant because she was high
  3. The flashback/fantasy sequences really don’t work. My “jump the shark” moment was when Mrs. Finestra was remembering the tender moment her future husband banged her in a disgusting bathroom at a club and she suddenly fantasized about being on a pleasant car ride with fake Karen Carpenter singing “Yesterday Once More”. Also, someone needs to explain to me the Jerry Lee Lewis interstitial from episode two
  4. Continually making historical errors. I’m not quite as uptight about this as others, but it does add up. I don’t care so much that Peter Grant was, in real life, a mountain of a man with a voice that could make God pee his pants, but, on the show, he’s an average-sized guy with a whiny timbre. I DO mind that Finestra keeps “finding” various moments in history like some sort of Rock ‘n’ Roll Gump. It just so happens that he’s driving in a bad part of town and accidentally hears DJ Kool Herc inventing hip hop. And he just so happens that he survives a New York Dolls show where the building collapses (don’t look it up; never happened)
  5. The “cameos” are absurd. The guy who plays Andy Warhol is barely passable. The guy portraying Alice Cooper in episode three looked like Ace Frehley‘s little brother
  6. Supporting cast is only ok. I like Ray Romano, but he doesn’t belong in this. I like Juno Temple as Jamie Vine, but everybody else is just wallpaper
  7. Does a bump of cocaine really make you feel like you’re having an orgasm and biting into a habanero while taking off in a rocket ship?

So, to be fair, here’s what does work on the show

  1. Olivia Wilde, Fantastic likable actress, who is great in about everything she does, even when she’s given contrived dialog and being put into unrealistic situations
  2. The comedy team of Bo Dietl and Andrew Dice Clay. They, sadly, were…err…split up before the end of the pilot (kind of a spoiler, but, so what?)
  3. The “look” of the show. That part, they nail, which isn’t surprising, given Scorses’s involvement. Gritty and grainy, all the way

So, the negatives far outweigh the positives. From now on, I’ll probably be hate watching. But, Vinyl looks like Mick Jagger’s Son Needs a Job at this point

 

7 Bad Things The OJ Trial Gave America

As we prepare for The People vs. OJ Simpson on FX (February 2nd), it’s important to examine how destructive the brutal murders and the ensuing trial were to America

  1. The rise of Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show. While historians credit the Hugh Grant interview as being Jay’s great turnaround point (Leno struggled mightily in the beginning on Tonight and was soundly beaten by Letterman when Dave moved to CBS), it was the daily drama of the Simpson trial that allowed Leno to cash in on the phenomenon with such genius as The Dancing Itos. NBC even promoted Tonight as “Your OJ Trial Humor Headquarters” during their primetime programming. Meanwhile Dave wouldn’t touch OJ. I recall this exchange happening on The Late Show sometime in 1995

Howard Stern: You don’t do a lot of OJ stuff, do you?

Letterman: I just don’t find double homicides that funny

(applause)

Advantage Jay. America ate it up and Leno never looked back

2.  The whole Kardashian BS that we have to deal with to this day. Robert Kardashian was OJ’s friend and attorney. His name became known to every American man, woman, and child in existence in the mid 90s and that name recognition trickled down to his big-bottomed daughters who now make a lot of money doing nothing. Oh, and his ex-wife also makes a fortune being annoying as hell. Also, Keeping Up With the Kardashians is produced by Ryan Seacrest, so the OJ crap helps put money in his pocket, tangentially

3. The television career of Nancy Grace. Grace was hired by Court TV founder Steven Brill to do a show along Dream Team leader Jonhhie Cochran. He helped bring her to prominence, then left the show. She’s been ruining our TV sets ever since

4.  The television career of Greta Van Susteren. CNN hired her to do OJ analysis and this lead to a bidding war (really!) for her services before she moved to Fox News in 2002. She’s been ruining our TV sets ever since

5.  Legal Zoom commercials. Yep, that Robert Shapiro, one of LZ’s founders and a bona fide Dream Team alumnus pitching his crap

6.  Gavel-to-Gavel coverage on cable news. While, OJ certainly wasn’t the first to get this treatment, the cable news networks saw gold following OJ and that extends to this day. So, if you loved the daily developments in the Jody AriasGeorge Zimmerman, or Casey Anthony trials, you can thank OJ

7.  The rise of Mark Fuhrman as some sort of right-wing pundit/crime writer/police expert. I suppose he garners sympathy because he was publicly shamed for using the N word (think Paula Deen)

The Best TV Show You’re Not Watching

Showtime currently is the home of fictional teenagers I’d like to slap. Witness the talented Kerris Dorsey of “Ray Donovan”

She’s good, but, she may not hold a candle to Julia Goldani Telles of the woefully unappreciated “The Affair”

If that doesn’t have you double-checking your birth control method…

“The Affair” is the ongoing story of a family that’s been ripped apart by infidelity (surprise). Dominic West (HBO’s “The Wire”) plays Noah Solloway, a struggling middle-aged writer, who chafes under the judgmental eyes of his Upper West Side in-laws. Maura Tierney plays his wife, Helen, who dutifully trudges along, trying to support her husband’s career, while raising the kids, and keeping her parents at bay

The family takes their requisite vacation to Long Island and that’s where Noah gets involved with waitress Alison (played by Ruth Wilson). After a bizarre set of circumstances, Noah is accused of murder

I’ll stop my review right now to express my admiration for Maura Tierney. She’s always been fantastic, but, please get your hands on the wonderful “Scotland, PA” which was directed by her ex-husband Billy Morrissette. It’s a great update of “MacBeth” and features another underrated actor James LeGros in the MacBeth role. Mix in Christopher Walken and an extra trippy Andy Dick and you’ve got a weird, hilarious, crazy film that’s one of the best modern-day Shakespeare takes in a long time

Back to “The Affair”, one of the great decisions the producers made was to cast Wilson in the role of the mistress. She is very attractive, but not insanely young or drop-dead gorgeous, which would have reduced Noah’s middle-aged crisis to an absurd cliche. Their attraction is, at once, carnal and spiritual. As they progress in their relationship, they begin to wonder what the hell they’ve gotten themselves into

Oh, I almost forgot the real selling point for “The Affair” for women of a certain age: Pacey’s in it

“The Affair” has great performances by all the actors and features raw, uncomfortable moments. But. it’s completely relatable to anyone who has lived life a little and seen how people who supposedly love each other can spend so much time and energy tearing each other apart. The show will confuse, sadden, and even anger you

Especially that teenage kid

Donald Trump and the Art of the Joke

 

Are you not amused?

Jezebel compares the current grumblings about The Donald’s upcoming SNL appearance with the Andrew Dice Clay episode from a quarter century ago. I wasn’t a fan of Dice’s ultra-gross humor at the time, but I always thought Nora Dunn was a wet blanket for refusing to do the show. Her quote makes me reconsider

He’s a man who gets up and says that a woman is a receptacle, that a man has a right to have sex with his daughter because he pays her tuition, and Lorne is going to make him look like he’s the Fonz,” she said, referring to the Henry Winkler character on Happy Days. “Take the word ‘woman’ and replace it with the word ‘Jew,’ and ask: would he book this person? I don’t know why sexism doesn’t fall into the same category

OK. I get it. But, let’s accept that Mr. Clay wasn’t advocating as a public servant, community leader, or businessman. When we agree with an entertainer (musician, comedian, actor, whatever) that we’re entering into this space where they can create, we have a social contract that says they can say and do things without being truly responsible for the ultimate outcome. It’s art. The person is allowed the space to create and we suspend our conscience according to our own beliefs. That magician isn’t really saying you should saw women in half. Neither Bob Marley nor Eric Clapton were advocating violence towards cops (Ice-T and NWA on the other hand…I’ll let you decide)

Ultimately, the irony here is that the evolution of standup comedy is such that Amy Schumer and other female comics now describe their own sexuality in ways that, if they were done by Dice, would be deemed offensive. But, that’s the EMPOWERMENT of this oft-ridiculed thing called feminism: It’s THEIRS to exploit as they wish. Instead of having men get paid for talking about women being sluts, WOMEN can get paid for calling themselves sluts

A little simplistic, but you get the point

So, we are left with our friend Donald. I won’t speak to the legality of In-Kind Campaign Contributions, as I am not a lawyer nor do I wish to be one. One of the hosts of the popular Brad & Britt Podcast expressed exasperation that Lorne Michaels had signed up for an effort that would ultimately “humanize” Trump

Maybe he was able to give David Spade a career, but, even Lorne Michaels isn’t that good

Certainly, Donald Trump has blurred the lines between entertainer, businessman, and politician. It’s fair to say that’s there isn’t any comedy in his remarks about deporting millions of people in a manner that evokes memories of frightening, fascistic regimes. But, comedy has always been a powerful weapon, able to shine a cleansing light where other things fail. It’s up to an incredibly gifted staff of writers, producers, and performers to unmask this guy. Will they be able to do it? I wouldn’t bet against them. In all honesty, when they’re done sweeping the stage, most people who liked him will continue to do so and those who didn’t, will continue to do that, too

But, I look at that picture at the top and I can’t help but think that the immensely talented Cecily Strong might be being used as a prop

Thank God she has the ability to make up her own mind abut such things

Mayberry Babylon

Speakin’ of poles, boys, I gotta run and show mine to Miss Crump

Daniel de Vise has written a book that blows the lid off the behind-the-scenes dirt of “The Andy Griffith Show”. You can order the book here and help out Brad & Britt in the process. While it’s not quite as tumultuous as “The Brady Bunch” set, the Mayberry gang had more than their share of sex, drugs, and abhorrent behavior. The book even alleges that the good Sheriff Taylor his own self was Ike Turner before Ike Turner was Ike Turner (maybe I should use a more current reference)

I expect the backlash against the author to be swift and loud: “How dare you destroy my favorite show, which accurately depicted classic American values”. Something like that. The good people of Mount Airy, NC (Griffith’s hometown) don’t come off well, either, but anyone who grew up in a small town can’t be that surprised that they shunned the kid from the wrong side of the tracks then celebrated his success when he became a big deal

It occurs to me that the America that is portrayed in “The Andy Griffith Show” is the same one that conservatives in this country long for: Obedient children, friendly neighbors, simpler times. It’s also an America that never really existed. In the late 50s and early 60s people did bad things to each other. Men cheated on their wives. Women were raped. Teenagers got pregnant. Also, it wasn’t a great period for African-Americans, gays, or people who sympathized with their causes

So it is that Mayberry was never what it seemed. And this America that many long for is also an illusion. So many of us long for a past that never was what we thought it was. Perhaps, it would do us better to look forward

You know: Make America Great Again Greater Than Ever