With people’s faces covered by masks during every social interaction, we’re left with only one another’s eyes to pick up on social cues. Gone are frowns and smiles, scrunched noses, and smirks. Everything we perceive about one another now, and every signal we send, is exclusively through our eyes.
As a kid, I always idolized NBA players, such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Horace Grant, who proudly donned their conspicuous Rec Specs sports goggles. Presumably, if fitted by a licensed optician, those “larger than life” spectacles included proper safety lenses.
Feeling blue? There’s a chance that you and a lot of other folks will be in 2020, and for once, that’s a good thing. Pantone recently announced the color of the year for 2020—and while in years past, their selections have been on the wilder parts of the color wheel, this time it’s something a little more broadly accessible: Classic blue.
“Malcolm X,” a 1992 film about a historical revolutionary starring one of cinema’s greatest contemporary actors and directed by one of our unique auteurs, may seem like a unique choice of subject for an optical column, but in addition to being a stellar film, Malcolm X does something very few historical films manage—it gets glasses right.
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