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Category Archives: Films

American Atrophy

The clash between the bright optimism of America’s Dream and the tawdry gaudiness of its day-to-day reality is a subject that has been well covered in many artistic media. Authors … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 13 Comments

From a Walking Tomato to Death Squads: Saturday in New York

Art is ennobling, art is one of the highest expressions of human civilization …and sometimes, art can be downright weird. I say this in the wake of a six-hour blitzkrieg … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 4 Comments

“A Kind of Spy”: The Secret Life of Vivian Maier

Who was Vivian Maier? She could be described the way Churchill once spoke of Russia, as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” A prim, foreign-accented woman, Maier … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 24 Comments

From Eye Candy to Icon: Influential Movie Moments

A former astronaut, whose rocket ship seems to have time-traveled to the distant past, is riding on horseback along a beach. After years of being imprisoned by a master race … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 5 Comments

Jack Kerouac, Middle-Aged Woman?

Imagine Jack Kerouac as a pretty, middle-aged woman. Can you do it? Is your brain boiling and steam coming out of your ears yet? Given Kerouac’s much-documented sexism and position … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · 11 Comments