As of this weekend, Jeff & I are on vacation and really, it couldn’t have happened a minute too soon. We’re currently in London and I’m looking forward to two weeks of getting away from …. well, everything but this site. Like I do before every vacation, I’ve written up some reviews that will drop while I’m gone. So, I’ll be here even when I’m not here.
Last week, cancel culture came for Much Ado About Cinema’s Dilara Elbir, attacking her on twitter over a 4 year-old private message in which she used the n-word. The twitter mob came for her and it continued to come for her, even after she apologized and every writer who worked for Much Ado publicly quit on her. It kept coming for her until she attempted to commit suicide. Dilara posted three videos to twitter, sobbing and cutting herself. (The videos have since been taken down. Amazingly, some of the same people who drove Dilara to very publicly hurting herself than had the nerve to complain that she hadn’t included trigger warnings with the videos.) Fortunately, some of the people who saw the videos called the police and they were able to get Dilara to the hospital in time to save her life.
Needless to say, there have been a lot of recriminations in the days since. There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not cancel culture went too far, hounding Dilara even after she had apologized and lost all of her writers. Do we now live in a world where forgiveness is no longer possible and where no one is allowed a second chance to make up for their past mistakes? A lot of people have been talking about mental illness and how we never know how someone might be hurting on the inside. There’s been a lot of talk and some of it’s sincere and, quite frankly, some of it has definitely been performative. It’s easy to talk about doing the right thing after the damage has already been done. There’s a lot to be said about all of this but I’m not going to say it right now because I’m still processing it all. I hope lessons will be learned though I doubt that they have. (When last I checked, people were attempting to cancel the people who “cancelled” Dilara by using many of the same techniques that they used on her, which would seem to indicate that most people haven’t learned anything.) I hope that Dilara will recover and I hope that the world will become a better place.
Stay supple fear not, play nice, and love those around you!
Here’s what I did last week:
Films I Watched:
- An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
- Brief Encounter (1945)
- Coffy (1973)
- Cooley High (1975)
- Dixiana (1930)
- Gothic Harvest (2019)
- It (1927)
- Lady Behave (1937)
- The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
- The Notebook (2004)
- On Hostile Ground (2000)
- Roman Holiday (1953)
- Scenes From A Marriage (1973)
- Sons and Lovers (1960)
- Xanadu (1980)
Television Shows I Watched:
- 9-1-1: Lone Star
- 60 Days In
- The Bachelor 24
- Brooklyn Nine Nine
- Call the Midwife
- Dancing on Ice
- Democratic Presidential Debate
- Doctor Phil
- Doctor Who
- It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
- King of the Hill
- Love Island
- The Office
- Project Runway
- Survivor 40
Books I Read:
- House of Cards (1989) by Michael Dobbs
- Wicked Bite (2020) by Jeaniene Frost
Music To Which I Listened:
- Abigail Breslin
- Billie Eilish
- Blanck Mass
- Britney Spears
- The Chemical Brothers
- Dead Can’t Dance
- Dead or Alive
- Dua Lipa
- The Emotions
- Lenny Kravitz
- Meg Myers
- New Order
- The Sex Pistols
- Sports Team
- Talking Heads
- Yumi Zouma
- Yvonne Elliman
News From Last Week:
- How to Murder Harry Potter
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan reaches out to bullied 9 year old
- Pompeii’s House of Lovers Reopens to the Public After 40 Years
- Friends cast finally confirm reunion for unscripted special
- John Krasinski Responds to Critic Who Slammed ‘A Quiet Place’ As Socially Regressive
- Daredevil and Flat Earth theorist “Mad” Mike Hughes dies in rocket crash
Links From Last Week:
- THE STRANGE WORLD OF COFFIN JOE – JOSÉ MOJICA MARINS 1936 – 2020
- 08: The Startling Range of Jim True-Frost
- Like and Retweets Are Not Worth Putting Someone In The Ground
Links From The Site:
- Erin took a look at the Pan Book covers of Hans Helweg and shared: Happy Presidents Day, Secrets of a Co-Ed, The Naked Hunter, The Celebrity, The Deadly Reasons, You Belong To Me, and Weep For Me!
- Jeff shared music videos from Iron Maiden and Lita Ford. He paid tribute to Alejandro Jodorowsky, Lee Marvin and Sam Peckinpah. He reviewed I Escaped From Devil’s Island, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, Narc, Jeremiah Johnson, Killing Streets, and Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen!
- Ryan reviewed Kids With Guns, My Geometric Family, The Truth Behind Blood and Drugs, and Multo! He also shared his weekly reading round-up!
- I shared music videos from Yvonne Elliman, Blondie, Sports Team, Yumi Zouma, and Abigail Breslin! I wished a happy birthday to John Travolta, Kyle MacLachlan, Luis Bunuel, Paul Morrissey, and Terence Fisher! I reviewed Rapture, Blue Crush, The Path of the Wind, Coffy, Dixiana, Xanadu, On Hostile Ground, The Last Thing He Wanted, No Lost Cause, Lady Behave!, and An Officer and a Gentleman!
More From Us:
- Ryan has a patreon! Please consider subscribing!
- For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
- On my music site, I shared songs from The Emotions, Blondie, Dua Lipa, Melanie, Dead or Alive, Lenny Kravitz, and Meg Myers!
- On Pop Politics, Jeff shared: Bloomberg Was Not Ready For Prime Time and some thoughts on the Nevada caucus!
- On her photography site, Erin shared a lot of snow pics! Snow 16, Snow 17, Snow 18, Snow 19, Snow 20, Snow 21, and Snow 22! (I’m sensing a theme.)