Seeing & Believing spend some time on the HBO streaming service this week! First up is Robert Zemeckis’s try at remaking Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The Witches. Transplanting the story to the 1960s American South and featuring Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer, Zemeckis’s new film aims to refresh Dahl’s tale of grotesque witches plotting to transform the world’s children into mice. Wade and Kevin also take some time with David Byrne’s American Utopia, which records the Broadway show masterminded by Byrne, frontman of the Talking Heads. What does the show have to say about technology, divisions in American society, and human connection? And can it impress Wade, avowed Byrne enthusiast and fan of the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense?
Music interlude by Rasmus Soderberg, “Friends and Foes.” Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.