Tuesday, February 9 2016
The Sheltering Sky is itself a test of limits: its form is an exploration of how far one can go in novel writing.
Monday, February 8 2016
The authors of Inventing the Future ask: why think local, when there’s a world to win?
Friday, February 5 2016
What Bowie's music describes, again and again, is that we were endlessly, relentlessly killing ourselves.
Thursday, February 4 2016
As we use the term today, authenticity allows no truth from art, only from artists. It visits art the way one visits a subway station or an airport: to get to somewhere else.
Wednesday, February 3 2016
The From the Vault series adds infinite layers of the Rolling Stones' performances for diehard and casual fans alike.
Tuesday, February 2 2016
Miles Jupp excels at many things, but he earns special top marks for his ability to be both an engaging guest and host of comedy panel shows.
Friday, January 29 2016
Shusaku Endo’s classic novel of faith, doubt, and intercultural communication, Silence, readies itself for a timely big-screen debut by Director Martin Scorsese.
Thursday, January 28 2016
The most elaborately staged spectacle of 2015 was performed by the “kayaktivists”, a group of environmentalists that successfully stopped oil giant Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the Arctic.
In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima uses the language of cinema in ways that are only possible in a virtual game.
Wednesday, January 27 2016
Michael Taussig’s work both attracts and angers other anthropologists. It also re-enchants a discipline that is in desperate need of it.
Tuesday, January 26 2016
There's an interesting play somewhere in the thin structure of China Doll, but not even a dutiful performance by Al Pacino can bring it to life.
Monday, January 25 2016
Like its Serbian counterpart, Tamil Turbo-folk masquerades as ethno-nationalist resistance against the dislocations brought to bear by nation building, liberalization, and globalization.
Friday, January 22 2016
Getting Dante straight means getting him gay, as well.
Thursday, January 21 2016
Star Wars is the latest exemplar of a genre that's accelerating toward its own creative exhaustion. That genre, of course, is the Hollywood tent-pole.
Wednesday, January 20 2016
Past and present converge in Mizuki’s conceptually rich manga.
Tuesday, January 19 2016
To listen to Mahler is to claim your soul hasn’t been splintered by postmodernity -- even if you hate Mahler and disbelieve in the soul.
Monday, January 18 2016
Filled with in-jokes and subtle references to the show, uber-fans will love this "auto" biography of Star Trek's Captain Kirk and the stories of the people in his life.
Friday, January 15 2016
PopMatters' jazz critics didn't include Kamasi Washington's The Epic on their "Best of 2015" list, despite its huge acclaim by mainstream critics. Here's why.
Wednesday, January 13 2016
David Lynch's film unfolds in a series of desires, warnings, and deals that are often made under duress by unseen malevolent forces, or motivated by darkness within.
Tuesday, January 12 2016
The working class song has to speak of boundaries and ambition, but it also has to say where the performer stands among the people, among the classes—or where he thinks he stands, or wants to stand.