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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- Earth Dwellers (Kristen Lang 2021) 25 February 2021New poetry from Giramondo.
- NetFlix: Staged, season 2 (Simon Evans 2021) 22 February 2021Even funnier!The show goes to the US, or does it?
- Minari (Lee Isaac Chung 2020) 21 February 2021This feels as if it comes from the writer-director's own childhood. A little boy, his parents, sister and grandmother struggle to make a small farm work in rural Arkansas. It's very beautiful to look at, and wonderful in many other ways, particularly in the way it makes mainstream Americans seem strange when we see them through Korean immigrant eye […]
- The Little Things (John Lee Hancock 2021) 19 February 2021A Hollywood procedural of a kind that is fast being replaced by quality TV. wonderful to see Denzel Washington as a detective past his prime. Rami Malek and Jared Leto also terrific. Major improbabilities in the climactic scene.
- The Dry (Robert Connolly 2021) 17 February 2021Eric Bana is marvellous as the top cop returning to the country town he left under a cloud as a teenager. The outback country is beautifully photographed. The local publican is a tiny wonder of wry humour, both as written and as performed by (Eddie Baroo). The police procedural elements left a lot to be desired: red herrings were obvious, the villain was sig […]
- Earth Dwellers (Kristen Lang 2021) 25 February 2021
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