The title of the Criterion box set for 23 of Jean Painlevé’s films is Science Is Fiction, and that idea was certainly a key principle of his work. His documentary shorts ranged in subject matter from the wondrous (Liquid Crystals) to the harrowing (Experimental Treatment of a Hemorrhage in a Dog) over a multi-decade career. Yet, there is a real throughline to his filmography in his avant-garde perspective of the natural world, along with a very human, bemused affection for its habits and rituals.
As someone with ASD, I’ve felt like an alien from another planet almost all of my life. So when my partner showed me the 90's NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, something about it struck a chord. I soon realized why: the aliens on 3rd Rock act like they’re autistic! However unintentionally, the Solomons capture so many of the absurdities, complications, and joys that often come with autism; often better than purposeful depictions like Rain Man and Adam. Watching it the past few months then has been a source of comfort and unexpected recognition.
Who'd have guessed that This Is The End would be a perfect comedy for 2020? Before a certain point in the year, the movie was an enjoyably weird, high concept snapshot of mid-2010s celebrity culture. In one scene, Michael Cera blows coke into McLovin's face! In another, David Krumholtz falls to his death!
Writer Christopher McKittrick has always been a lifelong Rolling Stones fan, but he's also a born and raised New Yorker. He's finally written a book on both subjects in Can't Give It Away on Seventh Avenue: The Rolling Stones and New York City.
Recent poetry collections often defy the ballyhooed trend of authors writing concise pieces in order to reach more readers on social media.
The first shot of Shame features a naked man in bed, body still, teal sheets tastefully covering his lower region. He barely moves. He doesn't even blink.