I’m runnin’ this monkey farm now, Frankenstein!
Another Halloween, another viewing of The Thing. You can rewatch or reread the same things at different points in your life, and depending on what’s going on in the world, or in your own head, you hone in on something different. In 2020, this thing reads like a manual for how our pandemic is going. Nobody trusts anybody anymore, anybody could be infected, and we’re all very tired.
Part of Rashomarathon
I find myself at a bit of an impasse. I'm currently working my way through Akira Kurosawa's filmography as a director, which according to the master himself, is a list of 30 films. However, Letterboxd, and in fact many sources online, including IMDb, list the number as 32. While one of those works is the elusive-but-obtainable 1971 television documentary "Song of the Horse," the other is Those Who Make Tomorrow. While not technically yet declared a "lost…
“Never thought much about it, now I’m thinking about it all the time.”
That’s how I feel after these last few years. I always knew America was an unfair nation to just about everyone, but I let my privilege get in the way of really understanding how bad it is for too many people. I’m ashamed it took me this long to think about it.
Spike Lee has created an engaging, politically and emotionally resonant story, and he uses his…