Wed, 21 November 2012
Paul and Erin examine two movies named after years—or possibly hotel rooms, fictional places, or just a lovelorn state of mind. First: 2046, Wong Kar-Wai's dreamlike 2004 romantic melodrama about a newspaper columnist and pulp author in 1960s Hong Kong who uses his tragic affairs with a series of beautiful women as fodder for an erotic science-fiction novel. Then: 1941, Steven Spielberg's epic 1979 farce in which seemingly every soldier and civilian in Southern California gets caught up in a wave of ultra-destructive panic following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A love robot on a train, or a ventriloquist dummy on a Ferris wheel: which will prevail?