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The brilliant new 6-part series from the director of Hyper Normalization is terrifying.
Using strange footage and interwoven stories of largely forgotten cultural and political shifts in our modern history (not to mention a flawless soundtrack), Curtis confirms what many of us already suspected: that we’ve all been living in a bad dream that will never end.
I’m glad I watched it but I was also glad when it was over so I could return to my carefully cultivated bubble.
This series had been on my radar for years but when director Michael Apted passed recently, I felt the only way to honor him properly was to consume his life’s work.
The series began in 1964 following the lives of a group of 7 year-old British kids (7 Up). Every 7 years until 2019, Apted revisited these kids to see where they were now, and ask pretty much the same questions they’d been asked when they were 7.
The series is fascinating but also depressing at times. Although I go into every episode with so much hope, I end up coming away with the feeling that most people’s lives play out in the most predictable ways possible.
Look, I was pretty stoned when I watched this, but that just enabled me to see right through this thing!
At first you think it’s going to be a celebration of this very famous old Hollywood restaurant/celeb hangout as it approaches closure.
But quickly it becomes this cringe-worthy portrait of the diehard employees (some who’d worked there for decades), their dysfunctional relationships, their (painfully obvious) addiction to their celebrity clientele, not to mention the Kitchen Nightmares-esque restaurant itself.
Dear god, can someone please just watch this so we can unpack it all?
Frazer Bull-Clark - Collection Development Librarian
A brilliant satire, made in the mid-70s but set in the late 60s.
The entire cast is amazing and Warren Beatty is perfect as George, the dim-witted Beverly Hills hairdresser who zooms around town on his motorbike, struggling to juggle his chaotic business ventures and relationships.
Humming along in the background is the 1968 US election that resulted in Richard Nixon as president, but, the film posits: do any of these people care?