Enlightenment Season 1/Episode 6, “Sandy”
Dudes, friends are awesome. Best friends are the awesomest, but friends in general are pretty damned awesome.
«Spoiler Alert!!!» The first episode of enlightened was so good.
I love how Amy is trying her best to make an impact on the world despite her past. As soon as she was going to present the “emails” to the investigative journalist I remember thinking (in some part about) Walt Disney’s famous marketing quote “adults really are just children grown up.” She ( in her whimsical naivete) thought that ideally, any crude words against employees of a failed company via email would be received as controversial by the media and would garner a massive crackdown on the corporation. That would be in a world where people in Wallstreet cared about people’s well being and not the bottom line. No one would be surprised that a business is talking badly about their employees. That would not be news it would just be cliche miscellaneous information. I guess Roosevelt’s journalism instructors taught me well. I kept thinking “Amy your doing this wont change anything… and the hot shot progressive journalist wont give a crap.” I’m much younger and much more inexperienced than Amy, but even I knew that. Amy really sees the world like someone new after defeating depression. (that costly retreat to hawaii was well worth it) I guess she forgot everyone else has yet to be enlightened and in fact doesn’t care to make a positive impact. Amy can be so annoying in her blissful ignorance, but you cant help but admire her commitment. I love how the journalist guy turned Amy’s non-news into a newsworthy lead. My inner journalist is so excited to see how it pans out. My inner Amy is gleaming with pride and optimism. My favorite quote was from a another one way convo Amy preaches at her less than operative accomplice Tyler (Actor/creator of the show btw). “It Feels Good to Be Alive and Not Just Plastic and Numb.” Tyler is accustomed to feeling small, it’s safe for him.. Amy has felt less than zero, so she can only grow with every new experience. Their relationship is interesting to say the least. They are an odd couple, obviously. No romance (as of yet), but the pair definitely share a common thread of codependency. Their emotional polarities attract one another’s causing a bond that is better explained in atoms. This show is so intelligent and so real.. The most human thing I’ve ever seen with a script. (Next to “Beasts of the Southern Wild” but that was about a kid..kids are the realest people on the earth)
Django drinking game: take a hard shot every time someone says nigga
( I usually don’t really like Tarantino. His films, for me, are just too overtly “white” geek-boy revenge-fantasies. On that note, and coming from a very integrated family, I found this review interesting. )
by Adam Serwer
WARNING: This post contains multiple spoilers.
Every time Jamie Foxx’s character Django rides into town in Quentin Tarantino’s new Spaghetti Western Django Unchained, set against the backdrop of American chattel slavery, someone asks some variation of the question, “What is that nigger doing on a horse?”
This is much a threat as an inquiry. Almost every character who asks it is involved in trying to tear Django off the horse, because a black man on a horse is a threat to a strict racial hierarchy that even those who cannot afford a horse hold dear. It’s a question that Tarantino might even assume his own audience members are asking, since the iconic American gunslinger is nearly always white. It’s also a question that might well have been asked by the protagonists of America’s classic Westerns, from Rooster Cogburn to Ethan Edwards to Josey Wales—all former Confederate soldiers who committed treason in defense of slavery.