Rewatched Carriers (2009)

This film seems more than relevant considering current events in China, and around the world. Flu like virus kills everyone it comes into contact with. The question for all concerned then becomes what would you do to survive? Anything possible seems to be the lesson.

Finished watching October Faction (2020– )

Husband and wife team of monster hunters take a sabbatical, and return with their two children, to the hometown where they grew up. Secrets are revealed as the families actions catches up to them. Overall the writing is a little loose. It lingers over some things, and rushes others. It’s all a little “young adult” for me, but it might find a fan base among some younger teens, maybe.

Watched The Love Witch (2016)

A massive pair of quotation marks dangle either end of The Love Witch. It’s as if whole thing’s been written in vibrant italics. It speaks in the style of those camp horror films of the late sixties, and early seventies. The question is why? I’m going to suggest distance. It creates a distance that initiates a dialogue. Contemporary ideas of love and female sexuality are unpicked like the stitching on a pair of knickers. Allowing the garment to be slowly pulled apart, and the bare arse exposed. We’re left with the feeling that the power dynamics between men and women are unchanged. Toxic expectations, desires, and behaviours poison the well. Passion is a killer. In the end it’s worth it for the surprising charm of something that looks this good.

Finished reading the screenplay for Spartan (2004) by David Mamet

The screenplay is somewhat different to the finished film. The dialogue’s very Mamet. It’s almost a code. Characters saying things that are both direct but also cryptic. His descriptions are dense but direct, and maintain a focus on the character’s intentions. He uses parentheticals more than any other writer I’ve read. Overall it’s very utilitarian. It does the heavy lifting. It’s a document used to make a film, not a thing on its own.

Finished reading the screenplay for Fight Club (1999) by Jim Uhls

Not sure which version of the screenplay this is. It feels like the continuity version because it parallels the film so closely. I’d love to see the first or second draft of the screenplay, just to see how it differs from the finished film. That to one side it’s still an engaging read.

Wuhan virus – a reason to adopt a plant based diet

The following explainer of the Wuhan virus reads like the opening of an apocalyptic television show. Think Survivors (1975-1977) or The Walking Dead (2010-). It could also be the opening of any one of a hundred films. Stories like Fukkatsu no hi (1980) or Carriers (2009) or Contagion (2011). A virus, from who knows where, jumps the species barrier, infecting humans, then spreads through the population on the interconnected nature of our social, economic, and travel systems.

The outbreak has been linked to Wuhan’s Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market where they sell a bewildering assortment of meats.

I don’t eat meat so the variety of death on offer seems a little unnecessary to me. Humans don’t need to eat meat. We can get all of our nutritional requirements from plants. There’s plenty of evidence to prove this. Just watch The Game Changers (2018). Elite athletes who switched to a plant based diet achieve the best results of their lives.

I realise asking the people of Wuhan, or anywhere else, to stop eating the animals listed, could be seen as an act of cultural imperialism. But then I came across a post showing a dead bat infusing in a soup. That’s not the worst of it. It also contained the warning that bats are a reservoir of up to sixty different viruses.

It seems to me beyond hubris to think we can do this kind of thing without consequence. You only have to look at the HIV pandemic to see what can happen. According to Wikipedia HIV is “believed to have originated in non-human primates in West-central Africa, and are believed to have transferred to humans (a process known as zoonosis) in the early 20th century.”

The Wuhan virus is just the latest in a long line of threats that could do serious damage to us all. It’s bad enough bringing farmed meat into the food chain. Adding wild animals and their diseases is asking for trouble.

Removing meat from your diet benefits your health, and the health of the planet. It also reduces the possibility of some unknown virus or disease jumping the species barrier, and infecting humans.

It’s one less thing to kill us all.