Wednesday, July 13 2016
America's working poor exist in a shadow cast by the harsh light of prosperity. "Working Poor" speaks from those shadows, creates light within that space, and insists on being heard.
Nick Soulsby’s interview book for completists is not meant to entertain -- it's a 500-page death march.
Unlikely Company’s talented ensemble finds both the humor and the melody in adult life, urging us to laugh at our own indulgent banality.
Friday, July 8 2016
Mark Zwonitzer's work offers a searing and sobering exploration of how America’s imperialist century opened: just as brutally as it would end.
Thursday, July 7 2016
Our relationship with fragments of art is one of a desiring proximity predicated upon an unfathomable and necessary distance.
Wednesday, July 6 2016
It’s funny how a dream, which has its basis in the intangible unknown and is full of fanciful fabrications, can lead to an indisputable truth. Daho soundtracks such dreams.
Friday, July 1 2016
The Allman Brothers band receives attention for its southern rock tendencies, but its secret weapon was, for a time, the country inflections brought forth by guitarist Dickey Betts.
Wednesday, June 29 2016
Like the Aztecs before us, and despite the sheen of humane treatment, zoos continue to be sites of ritual animal sacrifice.
Tuesday, June 28 2016
You’ll really feel like you’re in a KFC when those 11 herbs and spices waft up your nostrils on a wave of ethyl acetate.
Monday, June 27 2016
With his "Road Trilogy", Wenders suggests that to find our place, we must be displaced.
Friday, June 24 2016
As hatchet man and master of dirty tricks for Charles de Gaulle, Pasqua operated under the ethos that "democracy ends where the interests of the state begin."
Thursday, June 23 2016
The most successful episodic games have mimicked television episodes. What could a purely game-like "episode" look like, though?
Tuesday, June 21 2016
Beautiful, classic, important, and thoroughly complex, Gilda is a real “aficionado” film, and yet it has an undeniable popular appeal.
Even if you've seen The Hunger Games films dozens of times, the books will reveal character complexities that were left out of the film adaptations.
Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel offers everything movie goers seek: debauchery, religious obsession, exorcisms, devilish abuses, graphic sexual assault, and a variety of horrific effects both musical and visual.
Monday, June 20 2016
Rupert Goold’s spare, intense production divests Richard III of any pantomime associations and boasts an astounding performance from Ralph Fiennes as the treacherous monarch.
Sounding more like Christopher Hitchens than a lapsed Presbyterian from the 19th century, Mark Twain rips apart Testaments Old and New.
Friday, June 17 2016
"The puzzle, or mindfuck film, if you will, is an inherently cinematic idea. Something about the very nature of cinema invites playing around with different levels of reality."
The Chase, Too Late for Tears, Woman on the Run and The Southerner are all examples of postwar indie cinema that had fallen through the cracks -- until now.
Thursday, June 16 2016
Remember when Mumford and Sons spent their pre-show hours swinging from tires in a lake crowded with fans?