We saw Weiner and The Lobster. That's two titles, not one. Weiner is a documentary that picks up on the life of Anthony Weiner shortly after his twitter underpants scandal broke. The film follows him through to his second scandal (the dick pic scandal), and his subsequent defeat in the NYC Democratic mayoral primary. I have my own theories about what was really going on with him. A thoughtful person can't watch it without speculating.
Weiner was released in one Chicago theater, and it's also available on-demand from Showtime. I award 9 out of 10 stars.
The Lobster is set in a dystopian world much like the present, except it's got some strange laws. In this world, adults are not permitted to remain single for more than thirty days. That's because life is so much better with two people. Regardless of the circumstance, when a person loses a spouse or partner, they are taken to a hotel where they're required to choose an animal they will be turned into if they fail to establish a new romantic coupling.
Those who fail to find a match, the loners, are initially released into the woods. Guests who still have time to find a spouse are sent into the woods to hunt down the loners using tranquilizer guns. For each loner they dart, they are granted an extra day to look for a spouse. The loners who take a dart are brought back to the hotel and sent to the transformation room where they are turned into the animal they selected when they registered at the hotel.
There was great deal going on this movie. The most prominent themes are the emotionally numbing effects of stifling conformity and the pervasive tyranny of groups. The latter is so pervasive, that it carries over into the loner society, while also reaching down into romantic relationships that appear, in every case, to overvalue superficial similarities.
I award The Lobster 9+ out of 10 stars. Film group is on summer hiatus, so it's unlikely we'll discuss this one. Too bad. I'm urging friends to see it so we can have an informal discussion group of our own.
It's very hot here, so I'll excuse all the people sitting out on the deck at Sixteen, the restaurant in the Trump building.
A couple of months ago, a friend of mine submitted her 'sample' for ancestry DNA testing. She used the same service I used. The results show high confidence that we are 3rd - 4th cousins, though we haven't established the specific ancestor we evidently share in common. We were amused by the results, but not shocked. Looking over DNA pool cousins we share in common, it appears most likely to me that her mother's family had a connection to the village where my maternal ancestors lived for centuries.