Books and Arts
Django Unchained Is All Talk With Nothing to Say
January 05, 2013
Tarantino says his new movie is a tribute to spaghetti Westerns. What it is is ridiculous, prolonged, and nauseatingly bloody.
January 02, 2013
The secret of Django: It's not that Quentin Tarantino goes too far. It's that he doesn't go far enough.
Add These to Your NetFlix Queue: Films You Should Have Seen This Year
December 28, 2012
The New Republic’s film critics on some of the best, under-appreciated films of 2012: Amour: Amour is as hard and bright as bone. The love it observes is intense, selfish, and nearly insane (these are the film’s greatest truths). – David Thomson, watch trailer The Deep Blue Sea: [Terence] Davies, who is now sixty-six and has made only seven films in his long career, has transformed the one-set [Terence] Rattigan play into a well-flexed film with imaginative lifts along the way.
The Year in Art: The Best Exhibits of 2012
December 27, 2012
Writing about his obsession with art books in a wonderful little volume published this year—Phantoms on the Bookshelves—Jacques Bonnet says that “Images send you on to other images, artists to other artists, periods come one after another or echo each other, all with their cargo of art works.” And so it is when I think back on remarkable art experienced in the year just past.