Tuesday, July 15 2014
I wrote a piece wondering why OK Go's videos were so good but their songs seemed to be lacking. It generated a lot of great responses -- and then OK Go's Damian Kulash decided to give me a ring.
The simple yet transformative hat-trick of Under the Skin is that it is the humans who are alien.
Monday, July 14 2014
Despite the film’s hipster soundtrack and depiction of twenty-something malaise, it ultimately embraces the human spirit and all of the sentimentality that goes with it.
"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.
Sexual rights in America remain both provisional and cynical; we know everyone should have them, but we are beholden to cowardly, outmoded, theocratic institutions that are fearful of egalitarianism.
Friday, July 11 2014
Sometimes, reality TV lives up to its name and casts "by the numbers". Most of the time, however, it casts according to race and sexual orientation.
Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.
Walter Hill's talkiest action film boasts one of his best stories, but isn't the forgotten classic one might hope for.
Thursday, July 10 2014
Ruthless reveals a message about capitalism that, if ubiquitous, rings true.
Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.