2021 recommendations

September 2021

Once again, a little bit of a random assortment this month: Video: “When Stuff Gets on the Camera Lens,” by Mike Rugnetta Mike Rugnetta used to be the host of Idea Channel, from PBS Digital Studios. That show used media theory and philosophy to think about pop culture, and somehow managed to walk an extremely …

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2017

September 8, 2017: You Gotta Represent

Note: I actually mostly wrote this a couple of months ago, before getting derailed by…life, I guess. So, some of the links are a little dated, but looking back over it I decided I was sufficiently satisfied with it to finish it up and post it anyway. I’m doing a lot of reading lately, mostly …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for March 22, 2015

A bit lake this week as it is finals time and I had stacks of grading to get through. Video: “A Message” by Kelela I was not as blown away by Kelela’s first release, Cut 4 Me, as many critics seemed to be, but this is very nice. Minimal production on the verses—basically just percussion— …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for March 13, 2015

Two things to read and two sets of images to look at this week. Article: “A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella” by Linda Holmes “Cinderella” is not so much a story as pattern, or a set of patterns, which can be used to make stories out of some fairly dissimilar materials. …

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2014 recommendations

Recommendations for January 12, 2014

My favorite film of 2013 was, by a fair margin, Spike Jonze’s Her. The critical reception has been pretty uniformly positive, as far as I have seen, so I won’t simply pile on. The main thing I have been saying to people to whom I’ve recommended the movie is that there is much more to …

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2013 movies Review

Movie Review: Wadjda

Wadjda, dir. Haifaa al-Mansour Saudi Arabia, 2013 Note: this review contains spoilers It is easy with a film that has a backstory like this one to let that backstory take precedence over the film itself. That it was shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, a country where film in general is only grudgingly permitted (and film …

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2013 recommendations

Recommendations for July 21, 2013

Posting a bit late today. I will start with some new music, and then a couple of articles having an Unintentional Conversation. Song: “California” by Mazzy Star Mazzy Star’s first album, So Tonight That I Might See, is one of those records that I have listened to so many times that I don’t really need …

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