So, I've been watching this during my morning workouts and have now finished all 8 hours without realising. I don't really agree with Curtis, and think that whilst his films have value as documentaries + in exploring methods of propaganda and control, they miss the connective tissue of any sort of anticapitalist analysis to make sense of it. So whilst there are lots of interesting ideas spread throughout here (and some egregious myths and lies), I can't really recommend it…
Planning on watching American Utopia later, I watched this a couple weeks ago. I love this film so fucking much.
It's full of energy and so much life. Talking Heads songs have this beautifully unique feature of taking loneliness, fear and anxiety and making them danceable bops. It's not about hiding from the scary parts of life, it's about bringing people together and dancing regardless.
If you haven't seen it, consider yourself incredibly lucky as you get to see it for the first time.
It's a beautiful, wholesome film. Not in the childlike sense of wholesome, where the parts of life that are remotely dark are hidden from sight and thought but in the sense that in a world with heartbreak and fear we can choose to have genuine connections. It's a reminder every person in this world is your potential best friend, lover or enemy. It's a reminder that everyone has their own story. It's a reminder to live.