Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2008 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
Curtains! and The Counterfeiters are both very good, but I got a kind of whiplash from seeing them a day apart.
I walked out of Curtains! with a huge relaxed smile on my face, gloating that my mom and sister had enjoyed it and a Circle Line cruise that day. (A successful New Yorker must be able to recommend appropriate tourist activities to visiting friends. Thus I get chagrined when I try to bring friends to Roosevelt Island and Southpoint Park is locked up.) David Hyde Pierce is hilarious and adorable, the whole production moves superfast and the sets and costumes are tremendous.
I walked out of The Counterfeiters with my entire body tense, and had anxious Holocaust dreams. I'd seen the movie partly because Cory Doctorow described it as a prisoners' dilemma exploration. It's that, and engrossing, and horrifying. I now want to re-view the "Chain of Command" episode of Star Trek: TNG and a few episodes of Star Trek: DS9 (Duet emphatically included) to better understand what aspects of the Cardassians have Nazi analogues. But I also just want to sit and cry.
23 May 2008, 16:36 p.m.