Podcasts of the Week Ending May 2nd

Futility Closet :: Lennie Gwyther

The true story of a nine-year-old boy who made a solo 1000-km journey in 1932 to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

99% Invisible :: The Smell of Concrete After Rain

The story of mid-century, concrete architecture (Brutalism) inflicted upon our world’s cities.

What Next :: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Stimulus

The truth that everyone except conservative politicians knows to be trues.

Fresh Air :: Who’s Benefiting From The Coronavirus Economic Relief Package?

Meanwhile, those same conservative politicians are ensuring that the gravy train is pulling up to the mansions of America’s wealthiest.



Running Tally of Podcast of the Week Appearances in 2020

Movie Review: The Lighthouse (2019)

Title: The Lighthouse
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Director: Robert Eggers
Production Company: A24 | Regency Enterprises | RT Features

When I saw the previews for this movie that looked like a Guy Maddin film and from the director of The Witch, I knew I had to see it.  New England psychological horror is my jam, after all.  Set on an island off the coast of Maine around 1890, The Lighthouse features Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers who lose their sanity when a storm prevents their relief arriving after their four week shift.  Dafoe plays the experienced old salt who insists on maintaining the light himself while assigning mundane chores to Pattinson character, a younger man who previously worked as a lumberman and is not 100% honest about his past.  This movie has great acting, absolutely gorgeous cinematography, and fantastic sound design (I found myself pumping up the volume to marinate myself in the sounds of isolation).  I suspect this movie won’t be for everyone, but it’s just my kind of weird movie about lighthouse keepers going crazy with evil seagulls.

Rating: ****1/2