RIP John Hughes

No one mixed the sentimental and the comic better than John Hughes.  Before there was Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen movies there was John Hughes, the king of teen comedies which treated like teens like human beings.  Many of his films are part of the firmament of my film imagination.  I cannot imagine a world [Read More...]

Film Family Portraits

More. Credit. [Read more...]

Feist’s Brandy Alexander

Feist’s singing is best summed up as a whisper put to music.  When we whisper, every word that we get out is infused with an effort that can be heard in its breathy character.  A whisper’s strain and incomplete vocalization tantalize us, as we feel for the whisperer’s struggle to get the words out loud [Read More...]

Marco Brambilla’s Civilization

Amazing stuff, watch it in full screen, there is simply way way too much going on to watch it in this tiny box. The description from youtube: Civilization, a video mural created for the new Standard hotel in New York City, depicts a journey from hell to heaven interpreted through modern film language using computer-enhanced [Read More...]

Vietnamese Painter Do Hoang Tuong

Check out his stuff, it’s beautiful. [Read more...]

David Byrne On U2′s Excesses

Via Pitchfork comes David Byrne musing on the uneasy symbiotic relationship between commercialistic pop art and pop art with artistic pretensions through which the big sell out acts make possible investment in the smaller ones which retain some credibility.  A parallel situation can be found in the film industry where low budget indies are made [Read More...]

An Argument For Gay Marriage And Against Traditionalism

I am puzzled by appeals to history to oppose gay marriage because history is only the story of what people have done and never of itself directly tells us anything about right or wrong.  Results of history can serve as warnings about effective and uneffective approaches to goal x or goal y but what people [Read More...]

Atheism, Certainty, Mysticism, And Faitheism

In reply to Daniel Dennett’s attack on the supposed need for belief in belief, a Daily Dish reader writes: Something I find annoying about this atheist-believer dispute is that it all depends on what you mean by “god”. If you require the talking snake, then, yeah, Dennet rules, in my opinion. But if you are [Read More...]

It Sounds Like Bart Simpson Is Shilling For Scientology

But it’s just the woman who voices him using his voice for their nefarious purposes: Fox is having a cow over an automated voicemail message left by Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, recruiting attendees for a Church of Scientology event, reports USA TODAY’s Gary Levin. In the message, Cartwright, who introduces herself as [Read More...]


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