MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017
Hooray for Hollywood: By the end, we had seen Moonlight and La La Land two times each.
To our surprise, we liked La La Land the first time around. When we liked it more the second time, we were surprised again.
As for Moonlight, we found it very depressing the first time we saw it; we remain somewhat puzzled by people who didn't. We're still fascinated by the Rorschach test involved in the attempt to write a capsule description of what the film is about.
What happens in Moonlight, a fascinating film by a highly skilled film-maker whose personal story is reflected, in part, by the somewhat less weighty La La Land? We may revisit journalistic attempts to answer that question at some point this week.
But the highly talented Barry Jenkins has been a Hollywood dreamer too. Why isn't the striving which finally issued in Moonlight part of La La Land's brief?
Today, we're hurrying back to our sprawling campus, where we plan to explore a pressing question: Who is you, liberal voters? Also, how have we managed to lose so many elections in the past quite a few years?
We plan to start with these three letters, written in reply to a recent column by the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof. For what it's worth, we note that Kristof largely renounced the spirit of his own column with this, his most recent effort.
(We'll guess that liberal push-back may have worked!)
Who is we, fellow liberals? Now that it's too late, it may be time for us to start trying to figure that out. Meanwhile, Jenkins won the prize last night.
What happens in his striking, Oscar-winning film? Do we see a 9-year-old child "come of age?" Or do we possibly see him kept from doing so?
Who is you, liberal movie reviewers? What did you see in that film?