Week notes 2020-30

  • Watched two new films this week. One documentary, one feature. Both excellent.
  • The doc was The Painter and the Thief, which I absolutely loved. It had me in tears more than once and I’ve been thinking about it a lot since it ended. Go watch it.
  • And then it was Halloween time, so Nina and I watched Relic. Found it very unnerving and genuinely affecting. It leans a little too much on the art house trope of not explaining itself, especially towards the end. But a good watch.
  • Talking of film: Nerding Out With David Fincher from Vulture, is a great interview with the director where he talks about his latest, Mank, and his relationship with his dad, who wrote the original script.
  • More film: I had no idea that the identity of the person who wrote the book the film The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre is based on, was such a mystery.
  • Some non-film stuff now:
  • Foursquare still exists! And they’ve gone and created a pretty cool new AR thing.
  • A massive article from The New Yorker about how we make decisions. As someone who ‘made the decision’ to not have kids a few years ago, I found this really interesting.
  • This interview from the Creative Independent with game designer Geoff Cullop was fascinating, inspiring stuff:

Instead, I guess, what the metaphor really is, and I’m kind of getting tripped up over my own words, but the metaphor is that we’re all sort of sitting at this large gaming table and nobody knows what they’re doing, in life. Life is this big gaming table, and we look to somebody who’s supposed to be in charge and ask for some guidance, and even the person in charge doesn’t know what in the world is going to happen. We’re all kind of making it up as we go along, so we might as well have fun with it and try to create interesting stories with our actions as opposed to dull ones that have been told a thousand times.

  • For music this week, here’s some “highly collectable and rare Surinamese 45s and LP cuts”:

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