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4.14.2017

The Week's Cultural Absorption

I watched the movie I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore on Netflix this week.  It was decent.  A good tonic after watching the abominable Shack last week in the theater with a friend.  Melanie Lynskey really makes the movie.  As the reviewer Chris Mancini said, however, the tone of the movie seemed a little jagged, going from quirky comedy to violent horror about 2/3 of the way through.

Have also been listening to Canada by Mike Meyers, and narrated by him as well.  It makes a difference that it's narrated by him, as it communicates that he really cares about the material and didn't just sluff the book off to someone else.  In the book he discusses the culture of Canada, how it's struggled in the shadow of American culture, Canadian accents, as well as its goal of becoming the "next great country" in the 60s/70s.  A more appropriate title might be "Ode to Canada" as it really does profess a love for his home country.


S-town.  Broke down and listened to four episodes this insanely addictive podcast series.  First started with them back with Serial about two or three years ago.  And S-town--well I'd listened to a few reviews before hand so went in with a bit of a bias, but, yeah--it's another show with a (Jewish) host who's trying to sound like Ira Glass, and succeeding at it, with a rather NPR-ey dry tone to it.  And as is so often the case with NPR, it's essentially just well produced banality.  And in the case of S-town, is exploitative and voyeuristic as well.

The Comedy Film Nerds put out another great podcast this week, and in it Graham Elwood gave Personal Shopper a positive review, which made me look at the film with new eyes, as I'd written it off as, well, pretty boring dreck.  Maybe the French director's choice to leave questions unanswered gave the film an air of mystery that many American films don't have.  However I couldn't get past the sentiment of the movie that acknowledging a spiritual realm as somehow revolutionary--such bullshit.  It's like listening to someone tell you that the world is round and acting as though it's a profound position he's taking.

And I actually started watching Twilight!  Which is also on Netflix.  This movie isn't bad.  I  can see how it could be addictive.  Funny to see Kristen Stewart and Anna Kendrick (gag me) with their baby faces, as this movie is about ten years old now.

This morning I read an interesting article in The New Yorker about Tucker Carlson.  I was surprised to learn that despite his boarding school upbringing, Carlson didn't exactly come from old money.  His birth mother actually abandoned the family when Carlson was six!  And his father really, well, seemed to carve his own way.  Also was surprised to read that he's a Democrat.  And that James Carville called him one of the great contrarians!

Well Carlson is fun to watch.  But only in small doses, I've found anyway.  Now what about the unflattering photo that they've included of him in the article?  Clearly it's trying to say he's bumbling idiot, and well, I just get annoyed with legitimate journalism behaving so tabloid-esquey.  Harkens back to the Newsweek cover of Michelle Bachman.

Hm, and on a fun ending note, here's a movie quote quiz that Esquire has put out.  I scored a 79.  It's pretty fun, might be worth your while!


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