Hollywood on the Potomac

Clean Up!

February 27, 2017

“We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.—PwC”


Sometimes things get messy in life and need to be cleaned up.  Now that the party’s over and you’ve walked your own Red Carpet, you’ve partied way too much and stayed way too late, you’ve spilled a drink or two on your best dress, a clumsy guest spilled catsup on you – so now what do you do?  If you live in Georgetown in Washington, DC we have the answer: Call Cleanly.  It’s a lot easier than cleaning up the Oscars.  Just go to Cleanly and download the app.


Cleanly Founder and CEO Tom Harari wasn’t always cleaning up messes.  His background is in SEO, digital marketing which is why he moved to New York six years ago to take a position with Omnicom Media Group, the large global ad agency. “That was kind of the beginning genesis of how Cleanly came to be because,” Harriri told Hollywood on the Potomac, “I moved to a really funky brown stone apartment in Brooklyn that had a garden in the back – it was really nice, really cool. The only thing it lacked was a washer and dryer, and that was kind of the birth of Cleanly.  After we saw success in New York in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, the next question became: ‘Which city do we go to next?’ We felt like Washington DC was really attractive for us for several reasons. Washington DC, as you know, is very much a suit and tie town. Most of the orders that come in are dry cleaning and laundered shirts whereas in New York 85% of apartments here do not have a washer and dryer, so most of our orders are going to be wash and fold laundry. Just from that dynamic, it was real interesting and something that we wanted to prove in the business model.”

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The Oscars: 'Moonlight'

February 23, 2017

Moonlight film synopsis: As he grows from childhood to adulthood in Miami, a young black man grapples with surviving the poverty and drugs that pervade his neighborhood, establishing his own identity and accepting his sexuality. Under the influences of his drug-addicted mother, a kindly surrogate father and a conflicted best friend, the youth finds his way in life.


Considered to be the best film of the year by many reputable film critics, HOP is taking a difference stance.  While the movie has its endearing moments and is a reminder of poverty, drugs and broken relationships in certain communities, it loses something after part I which is that of a young boy in conflict both with his mother, his community and his sexual orientation.  Part I was the best. After that, it kind of drags out.  So, taking it off the Best Picture list.

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'Hacksaw Ridge' Countdown to the Oscars

February 20, 2017

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge has been nominated for Best Picture and Gibson as Best Director for an Oscar.  What are the chances of either winning?  Unfortunately, because of Gibson’s personal problems, probably none; but I’m going for it (need to see two more nominated films first).  So far, in contrast to the other films seen, it’s a standout.  Look for final predictions by the 26th of February.


This article posted on October 30th:

One of the greatest heroes in American History never fired a bullet!  That hero was WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who served during the Battle of Okinawa. He refused to bear arms and kill people over his religious upholding of the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”  He became the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor for highhandedly rescuing roughly 75 of his wounded comrades while under heavy mortar and gunfire. 

President Truman awarded Doss the Medal of Honor on October 12, 1945. “When my time came, I went up,” said Doss of the ceremony. “President Truman, he came out and he stepped over the line, he caught me by my hands, shook my hand like I was an old-time friend, somebody he had known all his life. He didn’t even give me a chance to get nervous.” excerpt from Medal of Honor: Oral Histories. Doss died on March 23, 2006.

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