Donny the blessed peacemaker is trying to get all these Middle Eastern folk to stop making waves, mainly by encouraging dialogue about how awful Iran is (particularly apt now they have re-elected the moderate guy). I do hope Jared and Ivanka find his pills in time and keep him away from Twitter.
But I suppose dialogue is better than just shouting at them or bombing them (see below). It’s good to talk, I seem to remember being told by Bob Hoskins a long time ago, and there are some great films out there that have talking in them!
I’m looking for films this week where talking is at the heart of the experience, where action and even plot are secondary. I thought of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy but instead I’ll pick his talking-head-spinning, Rotoscoped Waking Life.
What films centred around dialogue would you recommend?
I prepared this before the deadly explosion five miles away from here last night. Should I ask instead for films about murderers? About idiots? About brainwashing? About settling scores? About unbearable loss?
I decided to stick with dialogue because, as humans, it’s the best mechanism we have for modifying thought into, hopefully, more sociable patterns. The IRA entered into dialogue with their enemies and that has been pretty successful. It is more difficult with this lot though; at least the IRA gave Manchester a warning first.