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One of my favorite children’s books is “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. There’s a scene where the main characters are driving through a lush green landscape. They comment on the view, saying that it’s beautiful, but then a new character chimes in and says, “If you happened to like deserts, you might not think this was beautiful at all,” and this leads to a whole conversation about perspective.
“News of the World” is a movie for people who happen to like deserts. Ironically named director Paul Greengrass makes sure audiences get plenty long, loving looks at the rocky, rugged greatness of rural Texas circa 1870. This movie is set in a world where if your carriage wheel breaks, you’re stranded a barren wasteland. I cannot