Wednesday, August 16 2017
Political comedy is necessary these days. But hope is even more so. Thankfully, The Last Leg provides both.
Tuesday, August 15 2017
On Shanghai dance halls of the late '30s and a vinyl tango artifact that survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
Tarkovksy’s cinema dialogues with the current chaos of rising authoritarian regimes in the West and the threat of nuclear devastation as the United States and North Korea rattle their sabers.
Monday, August 14 2017
The return of Twin Peaks fundamentally reshapes the theme of the entire text, refashioning it into a meditation upon reflection, and the inability to know oneself.
Thursday, August 10 2017
Impossibly Norwegian in style and substance, Anja Garbarek's Smiling and Waving describes the most ordinary lives lost in the voids of the most extraordinary riddles.
Wednesday, August 9 2017
Coronet Blue seems to be TV's earliest incarnation of the amnesiac hero, and moreover the amnesiac spy.
Tuesday, August 8 2017
David Peterson del Mar explores a creation myth for a nation of black people still searching for personal and collective terra firma.
Monday, August 7 2017
This biography of the Beatles illustrates how their personality dynamics served as both a necessary elixir and an addictive poison in the creation of their music.
Friday, August 4 2017
The seminal manga of Hiroshima's atomic bombing and aftermath remains an essential reminder of the horrors of war and atomic bombs.
Wednesday, August 2 2017
‘Best Transgender Fiction’ winner’s work challenges Can-Lit and the representation of identity.
Monday, July 31 2017
Throbbing Gristle and COUM Transmissions' Cosey Fanni Tutti's autobiography reminds us that the destructive forces of misogyny and exploitation infiltrate even the most admired of forward-thinking movements.
“The War Trilogy” is just as propagandistic as any film from the Mussolini period; the difference is most of us want to believe this propaganda.
Friday, July 28 2017
Laura Shapiro’s portraits alternate between a female’s sense of rebelliousness and capitulation in the struggle for food sovereignty.
Thursday, July 27 2017
As the recent Lawrence Field Day Festival illustrates, indie rock may be artistically benefiting from an increasingly marginalized status in the music world.
As Stefan Collini discusses in Speaking of Universities, none of the things universities aim to do -- from educating people to achieving research breakthroughs -- can be achieved under the conditions they’re increasingly being made to conform to.
Wednesday, July 26 2017
Mizoguchi suggests that we are not so much haunted by ghosts as we project our own specters upon our reality.
Tuesday, July 25 2017
I take a chance on the unknown used records of Shenzhen and Los Angeles and unwittingly connect the dots, opening up the wide but previously obscured vistas of post-bebop history.
Thursday, July 20 2017
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate's politics are painted with broad strokes, but in these times of absurd politics, those broad strokes become pointed commentary.
Wednesday, July 19 2017
In the wake of the 'Terrible Year', Flaubert railed against the "stupidity" of his fellow citizens. Are we any smarter 150 years later?
Tuesday, July 18 2017
Scorsese and the World Cinema Project are not only opening up international filmmaking to Western audiences but providing immaculate film quality and history, too.