Recordlection: Bachelor No. 2
Mar26

Recordlection: Bachelor No. 2

Bachelor No. 2 (or, the last remains of the dodo) is not only one of the key records in the official turning point for my taste in music as I approached the Sweet Sixteen, but it would continue to endure throughout key moments in the rest of my high school days, and well beyond.

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Funeral Pyres & Fancy Hats: Cléo from 5 to 7
Mar20

Funeral Pyres & Fancy Hats: Cléo from 5 to 7

It’s difficult to process the debilitating sensation of horror in everyday life. Pockets of birds are still perched on tree limbs. Cats tumble on floorboards and chase flowing articles of clothing.

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Dudes, Stop Bragging About Music
Mar17

Dudes, Stop Bragging About Music

Whatever you do, please don’t be the guy mansplaining the merits of an aughts Kasabian record. It’s cool to like a band, but you don’t need to cradle their vinyl in your hands as if you’re giving a lecture at a museum of photographic arts.

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The Pineapple Universe of Chungking Express
Mar08

The Pineapple Universe of Chungking Express

The streets of Hong Kong look violently purple, plum-stained and glistening. Sunglasses shaped like hourglasses plunge against wrinkled bed sheets.

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Casting That Almost Happened
Mar03

Casting That Almost Happened

At one point, Nicolas Cage was set to play Superman, Edward Furlong was offered the role of Spiderman, and the now woefully unfunny Jack Black was considered for Green Lantern — and plenty of other casting decisions tempted similar fate.

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Isabelle Huppert, Unimpressed, Sits Through Oscars
Feb27

Isabelle Huppert, Unimpressed, Sits Through Oscars

Flummoxed, Huppert was probably using an abacus to count down the minutes until the ceremony had concluded. Having had won the Golden Globe for Elle, only a month earlier, Huppert’s expression was of restrained and collected resignation.

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Listen to What You Watch: 10 Film Scores
Feb16

Listen to What You Watch: 10 Film Scores

There are plenty of great film scores that leave an impression on your ears, your heart or your soul. When they do that, you know they’ve done their job. Here’s ten that I love.

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The Importance of Christopher Nolan
Feb13

The Importance of Christopher Nolan

But what makes Nolan particularly potent is that he extends beyond the excessive maw of comic books and makes artistically noteworthy cinema.

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6 Potential Future Oscar Hosts
Feb07

6 Potential Future Oscar Hosts

It is long past time to kick the fashion police and TMZ to the curb. They add nothing to the evening. Their banter is annoying, insulting and sexist.

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The Art & Exploration of Middle Eastern Cinema
Feb06

The Art & Exploration of Middle Eastern Cinema

In America we view our freedom of the press as an everyday way of life–a privilege we often don’t recognize while throwing scorn at other countries for it. With Trump’s Muslim ban, enacted last week, we saw the first inklings of shutting out the outside world.

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