Here are some things that we at Sacred Chickens think you should check out this week. we covered quite a broad spectrum this time: from dark comedies about a brutal dictator, exploring prejudice in small town America, and a parable that explores the darker side of the Technological Age. Enjoy!
The Death of Stalin- Directed by Armando Iannucci, and featuring one of Morty's faves as Nikita Khrushchev.
What is it? A deeply Dark comedy about the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and the desperate machinations of his administration in its aftermath.
Why watch it? The movie hits right now, observing it does, the maneuvers of men who rule entirely based on animalistic power structures, confusing hardness of heart with strength and courage.
Each Vagabond by Name- By Margo Orlando Littell
What is it? A story set in a ton in South-Western Pennsylvania where the equilibrium is disturbed by the arrival of, "gypsies." The characters and descriptions are beautifully rendered, but the main selling point for me was the reactions of the townsfolk to the, "others," in their midst. in the course of the narrative, Littell explores the inherent decency, boundaries, and prejudices of small town America.
Prey- By Michael Crichton
What? If you have ever had reservations about technology, this book is for you. It explores the dark side to the technological age that we are living in. The novel is set in the middle of the desert, in a lab that has produced a technology so advanced that it appears to function and behave as a living thing. as you might guess, things go terribly wrong, and when people start to die ,the people that remain must figure out how to defeat something that was specifically designed to not be killed.