ELSEWHERE: Tragic Texts, Tragic Art

Corporate sponsorship.  Public service announcement.  These are terms that would not seem to go hand-in-hand with great art.  Yet consider this half-hour documentary on the dangers of text-messaging while driving, which AT&T commissioned legendary Oscar-nominated filmmaker Werner Herzog to direct.  “From One Second to the Next” is a well-made, heartbreaking piece that allows some glimmers of the power of forgiveness. … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" (Herzog, 2011)

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.Have you ever wondered -- dreamed -- about what prehistoric humanity was like? Our popular culture has had plenty of imaginative representations of the Paleolithic man, be it Fred Flintstone or, more recently, Year One. In most cases, the running joke is the doltish ineptitude of the Neanderthals in comparison to evolved modern man (i.e., “so easy a caveman can do it”). But in acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog’s latest breat … [Read more...]