inglourious basterds 02

Z To A: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino’s high-octane WWII revenge fantasy, Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American Soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring … Continue reading

goat 01

Kids & Reinterpretation: An April Mixtape

I was recently asked if I had any interest or faith in artists younger than me. I had just made the comment, “Man, I’m realizing that the people I really cared about as a kid are getting older. It’s strange to realize that.” Fortunately they aren’t the only people I pay attention to. Here is … Continue reading

innocence 02

Z To A: Innocence (2004)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Gushing water.  Subterranean rumbling.  Sun-dappled green vistas behind huge stone walls.  So begins “Innocence,” a fascinating fable about a mysterious boarding school for girls, where one arrives by coffin to an enclosed, highly regimented universe of … Continue reading

louie

Hands Off The Remote: 7 TV Intros I Don’t Mind Repeat-Watching

Watch a TV show’s intro once and that might do it for you, or at the very least you can watch it occasionally, averaging seven days in between viewings. I guess it’s also a time to zone out or get comfortable before the show begins. However, most of us skip a show’s intro when we … Continue reading

philip seymour hoffman

I’ve Been Thinking A Lot About Dying Lately: A February Mixtape

(Photograph by Nicolas Guerin & Desmond Muckian, November 2012. ) “We’re all hurtling towards death, yet here we are for the moment, alive.” – Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Synecdoche, New York (2008) February is a month to be grateful, a reminder to take your losses with your gains. For my part I’m simply glad … Continue reading

irreversible 02

Z To A: Irréversible (2002)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Alex (Monica Bellucci) and Marcus (Vincent Cassel) are a couple whose story is told over the course of a fateful day. The odyssey begins with a brutal killing then unspools in reverse to reveal the horrifying … Continue reading

eva 02

Food For Thought: Gaspar Noé & The Womb (NSFW)

(Tumblr caption: “Every time I search for the words ‘Gaspar Noe’ I find something as terrifying as this..”) Director Gaspar Noé has been called many things over the past twenty years, from an enfant terrible to a straight up pornographer. I’m not here to defend those titles, and besides- it seems Noé certainly doesn’t care … Continue reading

nicholas

Nightvale Transmission: A New Year’s Mixtape

(pictured below: “Norton Place” by Nicholas Boggs ) With the beginning of the year songs have begun piling already. Fresh blood and new discoveries are in order. It’s kind of exciting (and unexpected) so I’ve compiled another of those odd, 3 a.m. kind of playlists. I’m borrowing the name, but then again this compilation isn’t … Continue reading

it happened one night 02

Z To A: It Happened One Night (1934)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne … Continue reading

wys american tapestry
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 34 other followers