THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021
Back to those fourteen minutes: Maybe it's the weather today. Or maybe it's the several hours we lost this morning.
Whatever it is, we're beginning to feel like the Harrison Ford character in Witness.
A bit like the early Plato of the Seventh Letter, the Ford character—his name is John Book—goes into a type of internal exile due to the despair he feels concerning his human surroundings.
(On the other hand, Kelly McGillis is present.)
Witness was a Best Picture nominee at the 1986 Oscars. We've often wondered why it isn't one of our top favorite films. (Notorious, Casablanca, My Brilliant Career. We still remember the way one audience gasped when Judy turned Sam down.)
Concerning Witness, we think we have a rough idea, but we aren't totally sure. In the way it ends, it's a bit too much like a Mannix episode. You shouldn't let the venal figures enter the sacred world of the moral and spiritual retreat.
Regarding Best Picture nominees, we continue to be amazed by the way the mainstream pundit world reacts to this year's Promising Young Woman. We can't say we've ever seen such a systemwide ability to miss the point. But then again, why bother?
Now for today's true shot at erudition:
We recommend this Washington Post news report live and direct from Loveland, Colorado. Especially, though, we recommend the 14 minutes of videotape to which that news report links.
We're not sure we've ever seen such instructive videotape. There's no way to feel good about the instruction offered there, but we're not sure we've ever seen such instructive tape.
Did you hear it pop when her arm came out? If you want to wonder about our human world, we recommend watching that deeply surprising tape.
It hasn't been mentioned on cable news. There may be instruction there too.