Broadway Inspired To Focus On African American Experiences

and the apparent reason cited is the election of President Obama: “Now is the time to strike,” said playwright Tracey Scott Wilson, whose play “The Good Negro” about the civil rights movement had a successful off-Broadway run this year.The election of the first black U.S. president is having an enormous influence on culture and theater, [Read More...]

In Praise of Feelbad Art

Anyone who cites a film’s being “depressing” as a fatal criticism of said film immediately conveys to me that we will never, in a million years, be simpatico.  Jon Canter has a piece in The Guardian on the topic and he profiles Charlie Kaufman’s latest masterpiece: Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is a feelbad classic. [Read More...]

The Scariest Doll

From “Tekitos”: [Read more...]

Vlad Artazov Nails The Human Experience

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the heads up to these and a few dozen more cool photographs like them from photographer Vlad Artazov. [Read more...]

Lake of Fire

Whenever I cover the topic of abortion in my ethics classes, I go to great pains to stress to my students the value of a dispassionate inquiry on the subject. I discourage use of values charged, question begging language of “pro-choice” and “pro-life” and encourage more descriptive language of “pro-abortion rights” or “anti-abortion rights” as [Read More...]

Sex: The Horror and The Horrible

Teeth Sometimes people disagree about what makes for a horror film. As far as I’m concerned, the definitive feature of the genre is that it deals with frightening transgressions of nature and of morality. Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Teeth is horror that situates itself purely in terms of this defining characteristic. The horror is not in the [Read More...]

Why The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Is My Favorite Film

Michel Gondry’s masterpiece The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, following Charlie Kaufman’s masterpiece script, is one of the most top to bottom brilliant achievements in film I have ever seen. Taken as a science fiction film, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ranks as a model for the genre. The film takes a [Read More...]

Peter Bogdanovich’s “Running Down A Dream”

[written October 24, 2007] One of the reasons that great art means so much to us is because we find ourselves reflected and expressed in it, even when it is other people’s creations. For a long while now, I have figured out the formula to really understanding my mind and my heart for anyone interested. [Read More...]

“Therapeutic Projection” or “How Lars and the Real Girl Made Me Cry”

Yeah, it was embarrassing. The eyes got all leaky a few times. Had to get my sleeve up to try to get rid of the evidence and get my composure. Lars and the Real Girl ends a streak of frustrations for me at the theater [this was written October 28,2007] and was the first film [Read More...]


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