I have been saving up my thoughts on quite a few videos so why not do a bit of a video round up? Especially since I have had MAKE A VIDEO on my to do list for quite a while now. I did that as well! I made a video for my upcoming chapbook An Amateur Marriage.
But first, I watched a very powerful movie recently called SKIN about a girl in apartheid South Africa who is born with dark skin to white parents.
For fun I’ve linked to a short YouTube video which explains curse words without actually letting you hear them . . .
You know I also can not go long without my documentaries so I have to give a shout out to Senna even though I’m not a race car fan, but the documentary is so well put together and Best Worst Movie which means I really need to watch Troll 2 now. What movies do you know that are just “terrible” yet you have to watch them. I also watched Vanishing of the Bees which explained some of the theories I’d heard about the disappearing bees over the last decade, but still not as sure about this one. We also watched an older one about the Bikini Atoll recently. So much to know in the world. How can we even get close to being Renaissance people!
On the fiction front, I watched Let Me In last night which is a re-make of the Swedish film “Let the Right One In” which I loved (which is in turn based on a very popular book that I think my Kindle wants me to order . . . ) I think the original version is still better than the American one, but the American version doesn’t have to have subtitles (for those who do not like those) and was very well cast. My only real quibble with the American version is that the special effects are not as subtle (artistic) as those used in the original film.
Last on the “what I recently watched but didn’t make myself” list is a documentary series for PBS called Carrier. This was a very interesting set of 10 episodes to watch. I grew up in a military family, but somehow I never really felt that connected to the military. Several things I have read and watched lately have me thinking about that. It may be that I need to write myself any essay or something about that . . .
And – finally – I made a video for my upcoming chapbook. I read (and add images) for a poem titled “To the Boy in the Lobster Sweater.” Let me know what you think!