Friday, April 17 2015
Boyhood sets itself the daunting task of reflecting the breadth of a human adolescence, but it instead reveals that it is in life's minutia that we find the most meaning.
Thursday, April 16 2015
The real charm of Sullivan’s Travels is the way it exposes Hollywood’s mediation of the Depression and the trauma it inflicted.
Wednesday, April 15 2015
Like a cover letter, the epigraph must take me to the textual meat without giving me reason to discard the sandwich altogether.
Monday, April 13 2015
A recent biopic about the last executioner in Thailand explores the extremes between killing and redemption.
Thursday, April 9 2015
We have here the post-apocalyptic wanderer, able to go anywhere because there’s nowhere he belongs.
Wednesday, April 8 2015
Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?
Tuesday, April 7 2015
On Billie Holiday's centennial, her influence remains everywhere in music. Jazz singers Cassandra Wilson and Jose James, have new tributes out on Blue Note.
Monday, April 6 2015
Some creators and publishers choose to make time and space infinitely malleable. Others take readers to new times and places while leaving characters in a single timeline.
Thursday, April 2 2015
With the 'gratuity' of music fostered by digital ubiquity came a renewed, exacting demand for magic artefacts.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
Shadow of the Colossus begins as a game about a hero rescuing a princess, but by the end, there are no heroes and there are no princesses.
Tuesday, March 31 2015
There was a time when jazz trombonists like Glenn Miller were mega-stars. Not so today, but talents like those of Ryan Keberle and Joe Fiedler make the case that they should be.
Monday, March 30 2015
True Detective and Serial mark our society’s preoccupation with all things illegal, especially when they end in murder.
Friday, March 27 2015
Don’t just sit there looking at your computer (or tablet, or phone). Engage!
Thursday, March 26 2015
For once, a pop artist has rejected the idea of stardom, and as a result, has become one of the world’s most discussed pop stars.
Wednesday, March 25 2015
Many readers of our generation emulate Don Draper, having lost Dante's connections to Christianity or perhaps to any such deity.
Tuesday, March 24 2015
Disturbing, funny, alluring and repulsive in a uniquely American way that no one likes to admit, The Voices should trouble you.
Monday, March 23 2015
Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir.
Friday, March 20 2015
After the back-to-back-to-back brilliance of their previous three albums, a letdown seemed inevitable; amazingly, Ian Anderson & Co. raised the bar, instead.
Thursday, March 19 2015
Arthur Mathew and Matt Berry's sitcom, Toast of London is almost too weird and wonderful to put into words.
Wednesday, March 18 2015
Canada’s hit comedy news program offers a provocative example of the role political satire and popular culture can play in defining and even changing a nation