What's On? 23.11.17
There are no new blockbusters this weekend, just the accumulation in the multiplex cinemas of Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League. I'm happy to avoid them all, I was absorbed but now I'm looking for something new. Is this the hallmark of my generation?
There is The Battle of the Sexes in the Cameo cinema and it looks prescient, given the amount of sexual misconduct that's hitting our screens and journals daily – the link between disrespect and assault lies on a spectrum, they are connected, if we're talking about identities. I don't care for tennis, or for the actors that are involved, Emma Stone and Steve Carell, but this is the standout film this weekend.
Elsewhere, there is Netflix, my new guilty pleasure, though in truth I've barely skimmed the surface. So far, I've watched Sense8, The OA and the first season and a bit of Orange is the New Black. There are a gazillion other things on there that I could watch. But my only access to the Net is in the PhD study room; do I make the big event of my weekend a marathon session of sitting in the same place that I always do, staring at a screen on Saturday night, while eating crisps? Is this another hallmark of my generation? There is the pub, I guess, for a £5 pint of lager while I read something, and then quietly go home.What do people of my generation do? Hallucinogens? My friend Valentina mentioned the other day a centre here in Edinburgh containing water tanks, they close you inside and you float, losing consciousness, or something. Should I start preparing myself for death? Or watch Netflix while eating crisps? The dilemmas of my generation.