A Piece of Monologue is a treasure trove of modern, contemporary, and avant-garde expression in literature, philosophy, art, design, painting, music, theater, and more.
A smattering of insides:
Flannery O'Connor on Ayn Rand.
An online guide to the life and work of Samuel Beckett.
Twin Peaks Behind the Scenes Photographs.
Rare photographs of John Coltrane.
posted by whimsicalnymph
on Jul 10, 2014 -
The Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Review YouTube channel
has a lot of videos of film reviews from the livestream of their BBC radio show and podcast
, going back about five years. They are sorted by genre, film rating, geographic origin
and one special category, Classic Kermodean Rants
, which includes his reviews of Transformers: Dark of the Moon
, Sex and the City 2
, in which he ends up sing-shouting The Internationale, and Angels and Demons
, which woke a man from a coma
(mp3, story starts at 5:10, and it is followed up here
, beginning at 5:30).
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 10, 2012 -
It was bound to happen eventually. After a quarter-century
, 26 Academy Awards
, and an unparalleled streak of eleven artistic and commercial triumphs
, Pixar's latest project, Cars 2
, is Certified Rotten
. Critics have assailed the film
as a slick but hollow vehicle for Disney's $10 billion-dollar Cars
merchandising industry "lifestyle brand,"
replacing the original's serviceable tale of small-town redemption with zany spy games
, hyperactive chase sequences
, and even more lowbrow aww-shucks potty humor
from Larry the Cable Guy
. But it's not all bad news! Along with a fun new Toy Story 3 short
, preceding today's (3-D) premiere showings is a first look at next year's Brave
-- a darkly magical original story
set in ancient Scotland featuring the studio's first female lead (and director
). Evocative high-res concept art [mirror]
is available at the official website, and character sketches
have leaked to the web, with the apparently striking teaser trailer sure to follow. Also, be sure not to miss the sneak peak of Brave
's associated short, "La Luna"!
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 24, 2011 -
It's a simple concept: Given a choice between two random movies, which one do you like best? That's the driving force behind Flickchart
, an addictive
review site for movie lovers. Faced with two posters, click the one for the title you prefer (weeding out the ones you haven't seen). Good! Now do it again. And again. And again. With each new face-off, Flickchart perfects a growing list of your favorite films -- and there can be no ties. This leads to some difficult dilemmas
: Star Wars
or Raiders of the Lost Ark
? Citizen Kane
or The Godfather
or Spirited Away
? But you needn't struggle alone -- Flickchart is also social. By drawing on the data of tens of thousands of fellow users
, you can create remarkably specific lists
: Martin Scorsese's Best Period Films
. The Best Road Movies of the 1980s
. The Worst Movies of All Time
. If you rank enough films, you can generate interesting personalized charts, like "Your Favorite Musicals" or "The Best Movies You Haven't Seen." These filters carry over to the ranking system, letting you judge nothing but Horror movies or 1960s movies or unranked movies or movies from your top 100. You can also comment on popular match-ups
, lending your voice to contentious debates like Ghostbusters
vs. Back to the Future
. Not a movie fan? Don't worry. Flickchart will be expanding into books, games, and music soon. Until then, you can give your own data sets the Flickchart treatment using this tool from CNN
. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 3, 2010 -
"R, and G, and B
" is a very well-curated — and, seemingly as yet undiscovered — film review blog by the video artist Blake Williams covering pictures by filmmakers like Werner Herzog, Chris Marker, Chantal Akerman, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Carl Dreyer, Michael Haneke, Stanley Kubrick and, best of all, Abbas Kiarostami.
posted by colinmarshall
on Mar 15, 2009 -
is a continually-updated collection of movie reviews based around one very interesting concept -- how accessible they are to the visually impaired. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi
on Nov 22, 2008 -
Have a region free DVD player? Just love movies? DVD Beaver
reviews DVDs and compares releases from different countries so you can be sure you're getting the best print/audio available.
posted by dobbs
on Feb 8, 2004 -
Broog: Alien Film Critic
"Broog will not seek to interpret this film on your behalf, but he will come round to your feeble dwelling and sow your fields with salt, stampede your tiny offspring, and wear your housepets as slippers if you do not avail yourself of the opportunity to see the movie."
Dislikes: Matrix Revolutions
"By the same point in “Revolutions”, Broog was designing a new annex to the Chamber of Oiled Hedgehogs for the special use of Andy and Larry when Broog is able to get his grasping organs on them.
posted by thatwhichfalls
on Jan 3, 2004 -