Review: Tár

I ran off to watch this on an afternoon when I was feeling poorly and annoyed and irritated. I didn’t know it was three hours long. When my ass in the chair told me it had really been more than two hours I checked my phone. So it’s not that it dragged at all. It…

Enchanted: Why Magic Persists

The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
Professor Kathryn Laity on:
Enchanted: Why Magic Persists Across Millennia

A Year of Deep Listening: Listen to Birds

As a part of the Year of Deep Listening in honour of Pauline Oliveros, the Center for Deep Listening is giving daily meditations on the practice and this is my turn on the stage. Try it and see if you don’t feel different after. This piece has been adapted from a forthcoming collection of meditations…

Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros

DEEP LISTENING: THE STORY OF PAULINE OLIVEROS I will not even pretend to any objectivity about this film: I contributed to the fundraising and to my considerable surprise, I am ever-so-briefly in it during one of the Deep Listening workshops at RPI. Discovering Oliveros and her concept of Deep Listening transformed my life-long fascination with…

Always Different, Always the Same

Always Different, Always the Same Critical Essays on The Fall EDITED BY EOIN DEVEREUX AND MARTIN J. POWER – FOREWORD BY GAVIN FRIDAY With many incarnations, The Fall (1976-2018) were one of the most influential bands to emerge in the British Post-Punk Scene. Their unique sound and distinct iconography have had a lasting impact on music fans and…

Review: Moonage Daydream

Thanks to Peg for wrangling the tickets and my students for relinquishing me a few minutes early so I could fly from Albany to Catskill for the screening at the Community Theatre, which is a lovely venue. There were even Bowie-themed doughnuts. Director Brett Morgan sent a short introductory video which conveyed how special this…

Review: Loving Highsmith (2022)

I meant to go to Film Forum on Saturday to see a screening of this with a Q&A after with the director Eva Vitija and Megan Abbott, but alas something I ate on Friday made it inadvisable, so checking the Zeitgeist website I found it was playing down in Newburgh. I had never been to…

Carmilla (2019)

I feel perpetually late to the party on just about everything these days; mirroring real life I suppose as I am always late to any party (because who wants to be first? Unless it’s a good friend and then I get there early to make sure I can talk to them before the party starts…

The Falcon Takes Over (1942)

A loose adaptation of Chandler’s Farewell My Lovely with George Sanders as the Falcon instead of Marlowe, which more or less means the same plot but instead of Marlowe muttering we have Sanders kissing all the girls — almost literally! And he swans about in his white tie and tails about which I’ve no complaint….