The New York Review of Books recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding (previously
), growing out of an alliance between Harpers editor Robert Silvers and writer Elizabeth Hardwick to find a place for what she called "the unusual, the difficult, the lengthy, the intransigent, and above all, the interesting."
Known as the New York Review or the NYRB, it is also known to fans as the best magazine in the world. Next Monday, HBO will air The 50-Year Argument
, a documentary by Martin Scorsese about the history of the magazine and what makes it special. [more inside]
Step Across the Border (previously, link now broken) "as long as I was playing in a band I didn't have to actually go out there and talk to girls and dance, I could just be on stage and watch everybody else doing it".
The critically acclaimed music documentary on Fred Frith
, written and directed by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel
(amazon link). It is also available in 8 parts, on youtube. [more inside]
The last gasp of the arcade.
Several months ago, two of the last major arcades on the west coast and east coast, Chinatown Fair
in New York
and Arcade Infinity
in Los Angeles
, shut down. [more inside]
A German tourist films a trip to New York City in 1983 and 86: Times Square, The Subway
"Toity poiple boids / Sittin on da koib / A-choipin an’ a-boipin / An’ eatin doity woims."
From Atlantic Avenue to Zerega Avenue (map
), the kinds of New York City accents
made famous by the likes of Archie Bunker, Jimmy Breslin and Travis Bickle are disappearing
. But though you may not often hear “foath floah” for "fourth floor" in Manhattan anymore
, documentary filmmaker Heather Quinlan knows
you can still hear strains of the old mellifluous tones in Brooklyn
, Staten Island
, and the Bronx
, and that's exactly what she's setting out to document in her film If These Knishes Could Talk
Sunday Morning Movie - A moving and fascinating documentary, Dark Days is on Google Video
. Marc Singer lived in the tunnel, and started filming with the help of his fellow tunnel dwellers. Trivia here
. Inevitable Wikipedia link here
. [more inside]
A new documentary on the Jonestown Massacre (YouTube)
raises a few key questions about The People's Temple and mass suicide; yet the most pertinent quandary at the moment (posed by New York Magazine) has little to do with tainted Kool-Aid and instead focuses on an unfortunately named rapper from Harlem. This week, it's Jim Jones versus Jim Jones
Bike Kill 2004
- a 5 min QT clip documenting the Black Label Bike Club’s annual Bike Kill in Brooklyn, recently shown at Bicycle Film Festival 2005
. These guys party hard. via in case of mishaps
Big Fun in the Big Town
Incredible German-produced documentary on hip hop and NY street culture from 1986. Features interviews and performances from Grandmaster Flash, Doug E Fresh, Run DMC, Roxanne Shante & Biz Markie, Schoolly D, and more.
SmallPox 2002 - Silent Weapon...
It is April 2002, and a smallpox outbreak occures in New York. 4 and a half months later and 60 million people across the planet are dead.
Tonight, The BBC broadcast a fictional documentary
as if it were filmed in 2005, looking back at the smallpox pandemic that swept the world in 2002 and killed 60 million people.
Heavily rooted in fact, it was disturbing viewing, to put it mildly. Did anyone else in Europe see this?