November verse 18 &19: 29 and 30/11 Using the rhyme words from Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate, stanza 11.29 and 11.30 As 2020 nears completion, gurgling swiftly down time's drain, and leaves behind its vast accretion of damaged lives, despair, rage, pain, let's build our souls some insulation, not give way to desperation, put our faith in humankind and the power of the mind. May politicians' treachery be no more wrapped in pious sighs (no way to hide their lyin' eyes), buffoonery and lechery in office meet with decent scorn and find they are no longer borne. Greenhouse gas accumulation challenges the world's combined resourcefulness. The fermentation of bullshit would leave us resigned to dying off without compunction, but we can overcome disjunction. The clock is nearing 12 at night but tunnel's end shows flicking light: I'll join a crowd, not be a stranger, join hands, write letters, march, and then do it again, again, again. It's hard to face how real the danger, feel climate grief, but then the lust for life kicks in. In science I trust.
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- A Stasi COmedy (Leander Haußmann 2022) 25 June 2022The Stasi – the East German secret police – are an unlikely subject for a comedy, but this movie pulls it off. I'd love to hear what old East Germans think of it, though. For me there was a particular pleasure in a moment when we saw a character leaving the station at Prenzlauer Berg, which we did at least daily when visiting Berlin more than a decade a […]
- Starter for 10 (Tom Vaughan 2006) 25 June 2022A nerdy UK college rom com, n which Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy are unbelievably young, not to mention James Corden!
- Becoming Elizabeth (2022) 24 June 2022A bodice-ripping Succession-style Tudor origin story.
- Music and Lyrics (Marc Lawrence 2007) 24 June 2022Hugh Grant's mannerisms aside this romcom about people who find love by writing sons together is surprisingly enjoyable. Drew Barrymore is terrific.
- You Don't Know Me (from a novel by Imran Mahood, 2021) 21 June 2022Directed by Sarmad Masud, this is a British courtroom drama with pretty much as all Black cast. The defendant in a murder trial sacks his barrister just before closing argument, and presents his own version of events. There are many twists, some of them predictable, but the main performance, by Samuel Adewunmi, is pretty d good.
- A Stasi COmedy (Leander Haußmann 2022) 25 June 2022
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