Amy: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

August 11, 2015

This documentary by Asif Kapadia (Senna) chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic fall of singer Amy Winehouse, who was all of 27 years old when she was found dead of alcohol poisoning, her body ravaged by the effects of bulimia and substance abuse. Kapadia uses only existing footage taken by either those close to Amy, […]

The Tribe

July 13, 2015

A tough and remarkable first feature film by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, The Tribe is a harrowing story of a Ukrainian boarding school for deaf and mute kids. A young man finds his way to the school, on what we asume is the first day of class, only to find himself down a rabbit hole of abuse […]

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

January 6, 2015

Director Tim Burton’s Big Eyes is more conventional than his usual whimsical productions. Yet it is a highly unsettling movie about the bizarre real life story of wannabe artist Keane and his wife Margaret Ulbrich, who painted portraits of children with humongous eyes that became popular to everyone with bad taste in the late 60s. Big […]

Under The Skin

April 8, 2014

Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast) makes films that feel abstract. This one is his most enigmatic to date. Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman who prowls Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside at night looking for men. She gets them into her van and seduces them to go home with her. Then she makes them fall […]

We Accept Walkens

December 8, 2012

Hear hear for Christopher Walken. He has become a meme, and we love him for it. He is a great actor, and a pop culture icon, and we simply salute him. The man is a Walken work of art. This may be his pop culture masterpiece. Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim. Directed by Spike […]

Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock!

August 13, 2012

He was one of the greatest visual artists of the 20th Century. You can listen here to his definition of perfect happiness: “A clear horizon, nothing to worry about on your plate. Only things that are creative and not destructive. That’s within yourself, within me I can’t bear quarreling I can’t bear feelings between people. I […]

Why Movies About Artists Suck

August 9, 2012

How many movies about visual artists have you ever seen that are not a total drag? Like most biopics, the lives of famous artists, whether painters, writers or composers, are usually not as dramatic and interesting as the lives and work of the artists themselves. Watching someone paint, write or compose music is like watching paint […]

Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry

August 8, 2012

This is an excellent documentary by young filmmaker Alison Klayman, about Ai Wei Wei, artist, activist and giant thorn on the side of the Chinese government. It shows how a smart conceptual thinker like Ai is exploiting the capabilities of technology, namely twitter and the internet, to try to shift the balance of power from […]

Artists We Love: Cindy Sherman

August 2, 2012

We recently saw the Cindy Sherman retrospective at MoMa and we loved her. That is to say, each and everyone of her, for Cindy Sherman has been taking pictures of herself since she was an art student, and has managed to become hundreds of different women, and sometimes men, while channeling many important historical artistic […]

The Greatest Films of All Time

August 1, 2012

…according to a poll by Sight & Sound magazine. For the first time in 50 years, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane has been dethroned by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. What does it all mean? You may or may not agree with the list, but it is a great starting point for anyone who wants to check out […]

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