Love & Taxes

I went to work and felt that I had a bad day.  I went home to eat a salad.  I used the Internet to order a new pair of eyeglasses, and then I went over to the Elmwood Theatre, where “Love & Taxes” was showing.  Members of the cast were in the audience.  Some people might have stayed at home because of the rain.  The film mixed live performances of Josh Kornbluth talking about his life almost in a Seinfeld style with what you might call normal feature film scenes.  Josh works for a tax attorney and does his shows, and one day he reveals to his boss that he hasn’t filed a tax return in seven years.  He goes to see a holistic tax lawyer, who ends up causing his problems and adds to his debts.  Meanwhile, he strikes up a relationship with a woman who never makes left turns when driving her car.  The tax becomes a huge burden and affects his life, sort of like a Willie Nelson or a Redd Foxx.  The movie is pretty amusing, although Josh seems to try too hard at some moments.  The movie took eight years to make, so there was a little bit of the “Boyhood” aspect to it.  A notable member of the cast is Harry Shearer.  Josh Kornbluth is someone I have seen walking around town, and he has seemed like an interesting character.  I wondered how he earned a living.  This movie did have that independent spirit.  It wasn’t one of those slick productions.  The director was Josh’s younger brother, Jacob Kornbluth.  I did wonder why Josh would think that a mailbox at the intersection of University Avenue and Shattuck Avenue would be the most secure mailbox in the area he was walking when there is a post office nearby.  After the movie was over, the two answered questions from the audience.  They were curious about the character named David.  The two brothers talked about the difficulties in making the film, with money to financial being a big problem.  They also mentioned the problems with continuity, given that the filming too place over a long time.  They discussed the cat and Harry Shearer.  Josh said that when he starting making the film, he had no idea of that the world would turn out to be the crazy place it is today, and he had sharp words about Donald Trump.  Finally, someone asked Josh about the shirts that he wore.  His wife makes them.  Josh and Jacob talked from about 8:42 to 9:11, so they gave us a good amount of time.  I was rather curious about Josh’s difficulties with mathematics as a freshman in college, but I didn’t think this was the right time to bring it up.  The screening was supposed to be something of a celebration.  I thought the movie was pretty good in its Woody Allen way, although it was short of a masterpiece.  It was impressive that Harry Shearer, the voice of Simpsons characters, and Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, were in the film.  The release came at the right time, as we have less than a month to file our latest tax returns.  I know that my 1040 this year is a real headache.  I discovered one of my tax documents in the mail, which sure seemed late in getting to me.  When we left the theatre, it was raining harder.  I was glad to get home.  On the news was Dwight Clark’s announcement that he had been diagnosed with ALS.  He felt weakness in his left hand two years ago, and it progressed to other parts of his body.  He played professional football for nine years, and he is 60 years old now.  I thought about seeing a Police Story episode, but I couldn’t find the DVD.  Two of the people who died on March 22 include Goethe (1832) and Michael Todd (1958).  Today is a birthday for Matthew Modine (58), Bob Costas (65), and William Shatner (86).

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