I see the latest Star Wars movie is out. I didn’t understand the first one in 1977 so I doubt I would understand the latest.
I remember taking our son, who was nearly 8, and sitting in the dark and wondering what was happening.
“Why is the human allied with that furry guy?” I asked, and he shushed me.
Was some of it symbolic or allegorical? Did it refer to our own foolish wars, past or present or future? What were their motivations? I didn’t know. Still don’t.
I could figure out some kind of oedipal tension between the old human and the kid, but the only person I could relate to was the Harrison Ford character, named Han Solo. In this huge universe, aren’t we all Han Solo?
I also liked Ford in “The Frisco Kid” (1979) about a Polish rabbi and an outlaw and some even worse outlaws in the west. The hairy creatures were real. The rabbi (Gene Wilder) asked the Han-Solo outlaw (Ford) what he was going to do next, and Ford replied in lascivious and bigoted language.
This was before Ford’s features became frozen permanently between fear and anger. He was young then.
Star Wars did have some sex appeal. We got a report about The Empire Strikes Back (1980) after our younger daughter went with friends from high school.
Apparently, one of the human characters was about to be killed in some outer-space way, and one girl shouted at the screen, “You can’t kill Billy Dee Williams! He be the sexiest man in the galaxy!”
I love some supernatural touches: Emma Thompson as the merciful angel, Meryl Streep as the spirit of Ethel Rosenberg, in “Angels in America.”
Generally I favor movies with reference to some moral code -- Orson Welles lurking in the shadows, Tony and Maria seeing each other across the gym, Clint avenging his buddy’s death in a “shit-hole” bar.
Movies have gotten away from me. Zombie films and Harry Potter films and extra-terrestial films.
Who needs new monsters? Trump and Cruz scare me enough.
12/19/2015 11:16:46 pm
"Trump and Cruz scare me enough." and Hillary and Bernie don't?
12/20/2015 08:40:39 pm
Peter, thanks, man, for reading right through to my spur-of-the-moment last line. I was looking for a quick way to get out of my riff, and the Devil made me do it.
12/21/2015 09:54:32 am
Chef Samuelsson, an African Swede, is a walking poster child for the best of America and he walks his talk by producing brilliant food that reflects his American experience.
12/21/2015 12:56:57 pm
12/21/2015 07:52:11 pm
Well taken, and amen, Bruce.
12/21/2015 08:42:02 pm
12/22/2015 08:36:39 am
Brian, can't defend US TV. Only series I've watched in 3-4 decades is The Sopranos (so therefore I understand everybody else's passion for their favorite.) You don't think the three Democrats were more detail and information-centric than the Republicans? Even if one hates center-left politics, I heard the three Dems speak more to how gov't works, or should work, than the others. Please, stay on the soap box. I value your opinions and knowledge. GV
12/21/2015 01:05:36 pm
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.