Watch: ‘Vive le Tour!’ Louis Malle’s Short Documentary of the 1962 Tour de France

Today, the Tour de France begins. Our government is cruel and incompetent and corrupt, and many countries all over the world are currently active combat zones experiencing major humanitarian crises, so right now it’s kind of difficult to focus on anything as frivolous as the Tour de France. But, as we look at the world … Continue reading Watch: ‘Vive le Tour!’ Louis Malle’s Short Documentary of the 1962 Tour de France

Review: ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ by Jesmyn Ward

The novel ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ by Jesmyn Ward is, essentially, two different stories happening at once: a road-trip story and a story about a multi-generational family in Mississippi coming undone under the weight and history of American racism and mass incarceration. It’s the story of thirteen-year-old Jojo and his three-year-old sister Kayla, who live with … Continue reading Review: ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ by Jesmyn Ward

“Fantastic Planet,” A Strange and Mostly Unknown Film

In December of 1973, the New York Times film critic Howard Thompson, known for his pithy critiques, reviewed a rather strange-looking French animated film called “Fantastic Planet.” In his review, he says this of Fantastic Planet: “The story itself is a sci-fi honey, with tiny earthlings ‘from a destroyed planet’ dominated as pets or outcasts … Continue reading “Fantastic Planet,” A Strange and Mostly Unknown Film

“Touch of Evil” NY Times Movie Review, from 1958

If you’ve seen the classic and influential Orson Welles film, Touch of Evil, you know it needs no introductions. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve most likely, by one route or another, learned about its famous opening crane shot; probably the most famous and iconic three minutes ever filmed. Ever. It’s been copied and studied and … Continue reading “Touch of Evil” NY Times Movie Review, from 1958

MoMA’s Most Ambitious Project Yet: Ruin Björk For Everyone

To many people, including myself, Björk is a mystical, cosmic non-human entity from the future who allures us into her realm with colors and sounds and images and warmth and light and darkness that she’s pulled out of her little mystical pocket like a forgotten receipt. “Oh that? I was wondering where that went!” I imagine … Continue reading MoMA’s Most Ambitious Project Yet: Ruin Björk For Everyone