10 items from 2012
Interesting, and definitely worth sharing... In the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine, there's the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll (subtitled Lust For Life), which asks readers a series of random questions, like: which holiday movie is most overplayed on TV (A Christmas Story was #1), do you have a public library card (55% said they do), what is Kwanzaa (60% got it right), and finally, if you were directing a new film version of the New Testament, which actor would you cast to play Jesus... there are 8 other questions. Surprisingly, in response to that last question about what actor you'd cast to play Jesus, the majority vote, 21%, chose Denzel Washington! Who did he »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Nominally a show of sculpture, Matthew Marks is presenting something more like relics of art world myth, or a romanticized artist-buddy story (think Lust for Life or Schnabel's Basquiat). It seems an odd pairing at first glance: Pollock, whose paintings consist of poured or dripped skeins of paint and are the archetype of Ab Ex passion, and Tony Smith, whose Buckminster Fuller-like geodesic monuments ushered in an Age of Cool. This show presents the remains of a day, one spent at Smith's New Jersey home, when Smith tried to coax out of the fallow (and soon-to-be-dead) Pollock a few last attempts at making art and ended up becoming a sculptor himself.
This five-work show is essentially a teaser for the uber-Minimal show Source, at Marks's larger space on 24th Street. »
As Lindsay Santino, Dr. Dani's rebellious teenage daughter on Necessary Roughness, Hannah Marks has scoffed at her mother and popped in some music to drown out her demands a million times. Now you can find out what's blaring inside those earbuds as Hannah reveals to TheInsider.com her Totally Necessary Travel Playlist!
1. Lady Grinning Soul – David Bowie
This song to me is very cinematic and epic. David Bowie has my heart and I could listen to this song over and over again and find new reasons to like it.
Lust for Life is so upbeat and is great to listen to while traveling to get you excited for wherever you are going to go. I first heard this song while watching one of my favorite films, Trainspotting.
3. I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
“And now I’m ready to feel your hand, and lose my heart on the burning sands” I Wanna »
Every writer has his or her way of settling down to write. Mine is to bring a Diet Pepsi and a pack of Salem cigarettes – yeah, yeah, I know… my bad – to my computer desk. Oh, yeah, and slipping in a CD.
Here’s the dope.
I’m pretty much out of the loop when it comes to music.
On the radio I listen to our local NPR (I love everything about that station); the local CBS sports station (especially during the football season – and during the past two or three weeks, the Peyton Manning-Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez drama here in New York City has mesmerized me); Wrl-1600 Am (the progressive station that took over for Air America here); occasionally Wwor-710 Am (though the station has moved too far to the right for my tastes – at least they got rid of Lou Dobbs!); and CBS’s “oldies” station when I’m commuting. »
- Mindy Newell
Omar Sharif Jr, Kirk Douglas, Melissa Leo Omar Sharif Jr, in the news after publicly coming out as a gay (Canadian-born, internationally raised) Egyptian man whose mother happens to be Jewish, is seen above with veteran Kirk Douglas while presenting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to The Fighter's Melissa Leo at the 2011 Academy Awards. The ceremony was held at the back then still known as Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland on February 27. (Photo: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.) Melissa Leo went on to make Oscar history: she is the first person to (audibly) use the word "fuck" — in any form — while onstage at an Oscar show. At least Leo's is the first expletive that has gone on record. Kirk Douglas never made a movie with Sharif Jr.'s grandfather, Omar Sharif, but he did get three Best Actor nominations: for playing a boxer in Mark Robson's »
- Andre Soares
Cinema Retro reader Guy Dawson was kind enough to alert us to the following:
For those of you in the East Anglia area you might like to know of films showing at the Picturehouse Abbeygate in Bury St Edmunds, my local cinema. It regularly shows retro films. In January we had Orson Welles’ Touch Of Evil. The manager, Pat Church, has been involved in the running Of the cinema since 1966, the last 37 of those as manager. I imagine that probably makes him one of the longest serving cinema managers in the UK. It’s a great little cinema where you can get a cup of tea for a quid or a glass (not plastic) of wine - (not for a quid unfortunately!)
This month they are firing all guns on Hitchcock.
North By Northwest 17 March
I Confess 18 March
Rope 24 March
Oliver Twist (1948) 25 March
Psycho 31 March
Marnie 7 April
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Here's eleven of my favorite new rock tunes for your early spring listening pleasure. Enjoy the melodic sunshine, people.
"Eskimo Kiss" The Kooks Junk of the Heart (Astralwerks)
Not sure why my fellow critics insist on dropping the "sounds like The Strokes" tag on these Brits. And some scribes have whined they aren't "edgy" enough. So what. I hear more of The Kinks and The La's as reference points. And to me, that's much better company if you love more pop in your rock. Case in point, the infectious ear candy of "Eskimo Kiss," my pick hit from their latest long player (LP). Currently on tour in the U.S. of A.
"Stay At Home" Yellow Ostrich Strange Land (Barsuk)
Speaking of the Strokes...I hear more than a hint of their aggro-guitar pop rock in this very fine track from former Wisconsinite/current New Yorker Alex Schaaf. His newly »
- Dusty Wright
Michael Douglas Michael Douglas attends the Governors Ball following the 84th Academy Awards ceremony held at Hollywood & Highland on February 26, 2012. Douglas was a presenter at the Oscar show; he handed out the Best Director Oscar to The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius. (Photo: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Michael Douglas has been nominated for — and won — two Academy Awards: He and Saul Zaentz co-produced Milos Forman's 1975 Best Picture winner One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; in early 1988, he won a Best Actor Oscar for Oliver Stone's Wall Street, also featuring Charlie Sheen, Darryl Hannah, Sean Young (who had an altercation with a security guard outside this year's Governors Ball), Hal Holbrook, and Terence Stamp. Douglas is one of the relatively few Best Actor winners to have had (to date) only one Oscar nomination in the acting categories. Douglas' father, Kirk Douglas, was nominated for three Best Actor Oscars: »
- D. Zhea
Documentary maker Heather Leach turned the camera on herself and her family when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She explains why
Until three years ago, I was a cheeky flame-haired documentary director based in London and living life to the full. Then at the age of 30, I was diagnosed with a serious thyroid condition and then on top of that, thyroid cancer. The diagnosis forced me to reconsider the purpose of life, who I wanted in it and what I wanted to do. And the first thing I did was pick up my camera.
When I was first told I had cancer I felt totally isolated and disconnected; that I couldn't share all my thoughts as my nearest and dearest wouldn't understand. Having made character-driven films for so many years it felt like the most natural thing to turn the camera on myself. It was a way to maintain »
The Real Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Chocks away if you dare. When you fly a microlight, says writer, ungifted pilot and still-having-nightmares crash survivor Antony Woodward, you are trusting your life to what is "effectively a chainsaw attached to a deckchair". As for hitting turbulence in these tiny aircraft, it's like being stuck in a washing machine that has been turned on, especially when it rains. So what's the attraction? Director Charlie Russell's documentary – which follows a trio of teams competing in a Round Britain Rally, and at various points deals with friendships, family and solitude – suggests it is about adventure and the freedom of the skies. Jonathan Wright
Party Paramedics: The Booze Bus
10pm, Channel 4
In a desperate attempt to keep the weekend inebriates »
- Jonathan Wright, Gwilym Mumford, Andrew Mueller, Rebecca Nicholson, Phelim O'Neill
10 items from 2012
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