Movie of the Year: 1973
This week we discuss Mean Streets! Are these mean streets tough enough to become our Movie of the Year?
Mean Streets is principally about three characters. We have Michael-the wanna-be gangster who is trying to will himself to fit into a world of crime that he doesn’t seem ready for yet, what with getting himself easily scammed and perpetually disrespected. Then there is Johnny Boy who we first see blowing up a mailbox for absolutely no reason. We quickly learn this is the least offensive act of his in the entire film and probably the most sensible. Last, there is Charlie-sweet, sweet Chaz-the sensitive boy who tries to hold the world together even though it is shattered, contradictory in the extreme, and destined to blow apart in a paroxysm of violence.
We discuss how Mean Streets serves as an introduction into the early career of Scorsese, we take a closer look at the career of Harvey Keitel, and we talk about some of the hottest boys 1973 had to offer.
All that, and Nate is on the show!
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