Cosby and Allen are not equivalent

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Art and Entertainment, Diversity, tv

Race isn’t the only difference separating the two: the plausibility of their respective crimes are pretty different, i.e. 20 accusations vs 1. Plus Cosby hasn’t done anything culturally relevant for decades, except chastise black men to pull up their pants, whereas Allen has made a number of above average, if not great, films.

Not just another murder and sex show

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Art and Entertainment, criticism, tv

By Oliver Morrison “The Affair,” a new ten-episode series from Showtime, has managed to find a new crime subgenre in this age of over-saturation. Shows such as “Twin Peaks” and more recently “The Killing” found new territory by unearthing the warping consequences of a single murder for a whole season that murder-an-episode shows such as […]

Shaking Swift

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Art and Entertainment, music
Shaking Swift

We all feel the urge to take broken-hearted adolescents and shake them out of their sullen, self-involvement. David Rees attempts to do just that to the forlorn adolescent par excellance, Taylor Swift, in her jilted lament, “I Knew You Were Trouble” by blending it with Aphex Twin.

Tattoo homage

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Art and Entertainment
Tattoo homage

In short, the tattoo takes a genre of tattoo that frequently feels like a caricature of itself, the romantic homage, and manages to endow it with personal character, cultural significance and emotional depth.

Words on Pictures

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Art and Entertainment, criticism, Media

By Oliver Morrison “The 50 Year Argument” Directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi The New York Review of Books has been a titan of the American intellectual world for the last 50 years. Some of the best minds have sharpened their most provocative ideas in its pages. But the movie Martin Scorsese made with […]

100 Ways to Die

By Oliver Morrison Sarah Ruhl, one of the most iconoclastic and successful modern playwrights, has invented a new style of non-fiction. The title takes two full breaths to say: “100 Essays I don’t have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children and Theater.” Although the essays themselves are […]

Extended adolescence or new age of wisdom?

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Art and Entertainment

A.O. Scott has been developing this extended adolescent thesis for awhile now, but never in such a sweeping way. When it was confined to summer blockbusters and Apatow comedies, it felt persuasive. But now that he’s carrying the argument so much further, to our whole cultural moment, it needs closer scrutiny.