Tag Archives: Creativity

Manchild in the Promised Land (1965, Claude Brown)

I haven’t read very much black literature or drug-culture literature or ghetto-life literature but I’ve never read anything that delves as deeply and as unpretentiously into such topics as this book, whose title and author I’d never heard of before … Continue reading

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Pablo Marìn, August 11, 2014

After a few hours of bombarding myself in the big city with big-screen big-finance digital entertainments – a surprisingly, and even somewhat embarrassingly, for how I thought I self-identified aesthetically, tolerable experience – I shot myself between the termini of … Continue reading

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A Light Sublime

12 Nov 2013: Limelight (DVD, 1951, Charlie Chaplin) Much more melancholy and morose than earlier silent-era Chaplin, even when he deals with the soul-destroying industrial horrors of Modern Times, this film counterintuitively feels more inspirational because of it by truly … Continue reading

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Thumping on the Rock in Low Gear

17 Oct 2013: Neil Young: Heart of Gold (DVD, 2005, Jonathan Demme) This film doesn’t have any of the wild getups and sweat-stained motion of Stop Making Sense, but neither does the music and performance of Neil Young as compared … Continue reading

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A View From the Director’s Sofa

3 Oct 2013: Gambler (DVD, 2005, Phie Ambo) The rare DVD-extra documentary (and feature-length one at that) that actually seems to enrich the viewing experience of the movie it accompanies. Again, its material is at first sight tiresomely familiar – … Continue reading

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Behind the Dance Behind the Music

2 Oct 2013: La Danse: Le Ballet de L’Opéra de Paris (DVD, 2009, Frederick Wiseman) Because every now and then it must be nice and simple to stoop to the level of journalistic hackery that finds using obvious puns to … Continue reading

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Wherefore Art Thou Vittorio

16 Sep 2013: That’s Life: Vittorio De Sica (DVD, 2001, Sandro Lai) This documentary is warm and amicable but feels far too much like one of those standard-issue featurettes that fill DVDs from distributors of much lesser esteem than Criterion: … Continue reading

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