Writing at TIME, my friend and fellow breast cancer survivor Lani Horn (aka Chemobabe) says whether we view cancer films like "The Fault in our Stars" as outsiders or insiders, the best movies in the genre provide catharsis.
"Art imitates life," she says, "it is not meant to be life itself."
The world looks different after you have spent time pinned to the mat by death. The gaps between reality and representation are no longer theoretical. They are contentious. Beautifully bald actors shorn to portray chemo patients betray reality with their thickly lashed eyes, much to the chagrin of those of us left lashless by the real medicine. Some of the most egregious side effects of treatment cannot be artfully depicted on film — mouthsores and constipation, anyone? — while vomiting, which has become more manageable thanks to newer side-effect medicines, continues its prominent role as a cancer-flick leitmotif.
You can read Lani's full essay here.
Don't miss her daughter Naomi's review of the same film, for Boing Boing. Naomi turned 14 this weekend.
Image: From the film adaptation of "The Fault in our Stars." Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and love.
Anyone familiar with Star Wars or even the modern art of movie-making will know what’s coming as soon as Rey says it, but it’s a brilliantly effective joke.
Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards tells the fascinating backstory behind Darth Vader’s brutal stroll down the hallway in Rogue One. (Wired) And if you missed it yesterday, check out the Star Wars: Rogue One ending flow into A New Hope beginning.
Johannes writes, “Finally! My award-winning nerd culture documentary TRACEROUTE (previously) can be downloaded on Vimeo On Demand. It was quite a challenge to create it, and huge thanks to all the folks who supported me… including, of course, the Boing Boing crew. I hope you consider buying or renting it. And in case you want […]
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]