Week notes 2020-32

  • Happy Thanksgiving. I’m not American, but it gives me an excuse to post this video about the ‘lost version’ of one of my favourite comedies, Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
  • My favourite long read of the week: The Muppets: Sex and Violence.
Contemporary chaos may be draining, but there’s a different vein of chaos that I dearly miss: uncontrollable laughter, inappropriate glee, and late night talks that descend into a surreal madness where everything is funny. The chaos of possibility. Silliness. Nonsense.
  • We watched Ford v Ferrari this weekend. I didn’t rate it that much. Matt Damon is as dependable as always; but, wow, that Christian Bale performance is jarring. The accent and the god-awful “I’M BRITISH” vernacular really rubbed me the wrong way.
  • We also watched blaxploitation classic Coffy with Pam Grier.
  • Neither of them could touch Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock, which has stuck in my head all week. Here’s an interview with McQueen on the music from the film. And here’s the accompanying Spotify playlist:

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