Movie of the Year: 1973
Don’t Look Now
This week we discuss Don’t Look Now! Can this movie chase its way to our 1973 Movie of the Year?
After losing their daughter Christine to an accidental drowning, Laura and John Baxter relocate to Venice, Italy so he can restore an old, and somehow fake(??), church. But while there, they encounter a couple of odd sisters, one of who seems to have the gift of second sight. They tell Laura that the late Christine is still with them and this news hits the couple in two very different ways.
Laura is suddenly happy and exploring the worlds of spiritualism and religion, but John is skeptical despite the fact that he seems to be having visions of his own of a figure very much like his daughter, moving through the allies of Venice.
But John’s visions do nothing to diminish his skepticism and this leaves him half blind as he tries to reconcile his existential certainty with his quite hope that he can reconnect with his daughter. But when he gets close to doing this, boom it’s a creepy old lady instead and she slits his throat.
Grief really is complex!
The movie is iconic, but is it scary? And do we remember the right parts of it? Also, what does it say about the horrors of precognition? We get into it!
Abortion is healthcare
While Americans overwhelmingly support the right of an individual to make their own decisions about abortion, unfortunately, that right is no longer protected everywhere in the U.S.
The Supreme Court overturned Roe versus Wade on June 24th.
Abortion is a basic healthcare need for the millions of people who can become pregnant. Everyone should have the freedom to decide what’s best for themselves and their families, including when it comes to ending a pregnancy. This decision has dire consequences for individual health and safety, and could have harsh repercussions for other landmark decisions.
Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health and independence of all Americans. Even if you live in a state where abortion rights are upheld, access to safe medical procedures shouldn’t be determined by location, and it shouldn’t be the privilege of a small few.
You can help by donating to local abortion funds. To find out where to donate for each state, visit donations4abortion.com.
If you or someone you know needs help, or if you want to get more involved, here are 5 resources:
1. Shout Your Abortion is a campaign to normalize abortion.
2. Don’t Ban Equality is a campaign for companies to take a stand against abortion restrictions.
3. Abortion.cafe has information about where to find clinics.
4. PlanCPills.org provides early at-home abortion pills that you can keep in your medicine cabinet. And five.
5. Choice.crd.co has a collection of these resources and more.
You can also find links to all of these resources and more info at podvoices.help