So, obviously, today is April Fools Day! Right now, there’s a lot of angst and worry out there, over the Coronavirus pandemic, the economic collapse, and the 2020 presidential election. There’s a lot of uncertainty and a lot of fear. April Fools Day is a day that traditionally does not mix well with real anxiety and real fear. Online, I’ve seen a lot of discussion about whether or not April Fools Day should be canceled this year.
My initial instinct was to say, “Yes, it should be canceled.” In fact, I was planning on having Doc write a lengthy (but hopefully cute!) post about why you shouldn’t play any pranks on anyone today. But the more I think about it, the less comfortable I am with the self-righteousness of the “Cancel April Fools Days” folks. I don’t like the idea of telling anyone what they can or cannot do. It’s not my place to do that nor is it my place to pass judgment on what you decide to do or not do this day. My personal opinion is that you shouldn’t prank anyone today but just because you shouldn’t do something doesn’t mean that you can’t. It’s really a decision that you have to make for yourself.
So, you know what? Do whatever the Hell you want.
As for us, we’re heading into April. With both the 18 Days of Paranoia and Spring Breakdown now at a close, I’m about to start a new month-long series of reviews. I’ll be spending the next 30 days reviewing films that were produced outside of the United States. Cinema, after all, is an international art form and great movies don’t just come out of California. They come from all over the world. And, of course, we’ll have all of your usual features as well. They say that we’re heading into a tough month, as far as battling the Coronavirus is concerned. Hopefully, we here at the TSL can provide our readers with at least a temporary escape from what currently feels like a nonstop deluge of ominous news.
Thanks for reading, stay supple, stay safe, and stay healthy!