This is the 75th episode of my podcast, Out There on the Edge of Everything®. There…
This underappreciated sitcom by writer & actor Ricky Gervais is decidedly special. The series revolves around a possibly autistic carer who works at an old people’s home and straddles the line between bold characterisation and editorial insight with exactly the right poise. Gervais’ trademark satire continues to shine but this time comes from a place of strong social responsibility.
Amidst the cloud-swept moons of crisper evenings comes Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. However, far from being the creepy slasher flick that the title evokes, the film emerges as a stunning work of art. This Wild-West inspired storyline is centred on an Iranian vampire and was produced by Elijah Wood. The movie incredibly demonstrates the transformative power of conceptual creativity. The backdrop is the dark criminal world of the fictional ‘Bad City’, but Amirpour’s artistic vision manages to nurture a vitality that rises, overflows and saturates the whole narrative: profound thinking crafts what could otherwise be gloomy or clichéd territory into an ecosphere of a luminous dream-land.