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Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) | Review

Source: Conway Daily Sun Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) , by all accounts, is a fantasy movie disguising itself as an 80s comedy. Existing in the realm of Hot Rod (2007)  and Wet Hot American Summer (2001) , this feels like a parody with a purpose. The term parody seems to have been tainted by the slew of late 2000s spoofs (e.g.  Date Movie (2006) , Epic Movie (2007) , Disaster Movie (2008)   etc.) that just slammed a bunch of references together and called it a movie. This film however takes on its tropes loosely, gender bends them and puts together a story that is absurdly funny and deeply grounded in humanity and kindness, something that was wholly absent from those other movies mentioned. We follow best friends Barb and Star as they attempt to revitalise their drab lives and go on holiday together to Vista Del Mar, a place with a resort so fancy they welcome you with a personalised song about what a wonderful time you'll have there. Despite their good time being th

Dreaming Of Some Kind Of Purpose: How 'Labour' Functions In My Life

I wouldn't say I'm a particularly informed leftist. I have a vague idea, due to living in a world that insists on underpaying and overworking myself and the people I love, that things are wrong and that they need changing. I think that on occasion I even do some good things, like donating money and even time to causes I believe in. But I'm not an activist, and I'm not a good source of information when it comes to the technical stuff. If you asked me about the specifics of capitalism vs. socialism, I probably couldn't tell you. But I can tell you that everyone's basic needs should be taken care of by the state and that you shouldn't have to work for 40 hours and still not be able to pay your rent. These facts seem obvious.  Sometimes, I try to think about what my life would look like if I didn't have to work at all. There was a brief trend on YouTube where people would discuss the idea of labour, dream jobs and the idea that we are expected to position o