Okay, I'll grant that it's rather odd that after such a long silence I would return to this blog with a diatribe about social media. (I still tweet, after all.) But recent events have proven the wisdom of my decision, almost a year ago if I remember correctly, to drop off of Facebook.
It's one decision I haven't regretted. Oh, there are times when I have a piece on the Jewish Week website and wish I could alert the whole world (gotta get more Twitter followers, dammit), but the price of cooperating with the odious Zuckerberg/Sandberg combo is too steep. If you don't believe me, you must not be reading the newspapers. Let me sum it up for you in a sentence or two: I don't want my personal data sold to large corporate monsters behind my back, and I don't want even inadvertently to support a bunch of low-living fraudsters who pass money and power along to neo-Nazis. If you think I'm exaggerating, check this out.
In the meantime, there's enough bad news on the film front from Israel to satisfy any natural-born pessimist (yes, I raised my hand). Take a look at my recent culture column for Jewish Week. On a much more pleasant note, there is a splendid opportunity to partake of Yiddish culture this coming week in NYC, including some film programs, and you can read about it here.
I'm typing this while I watch the last four students finishing up the final exam in my last class of the semester. Hopefully, as I begin the great push for the Iras and catch up with late '18 films, and forward movement carries me towards the New York Jewish Film Festival early next month, we can talk movies again.
Come to think of it, I do have one major recommendation for a film that will hit some theaters in the next week or two, Pawel Pawlikowski's exemplary political romantic melodrama Cold War. When it played the New York Film Festival this fall, I wrote invoking the grim ending of Christian Petzold's Transit, another excellent film that will open in New York shortly:
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