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A picturesque, Prussian suicide pact

A picturesque, Prussian suicide pact

BY SEAN EGAN  |  There’s no real reason that “Amour Fou” should work as well as it does. On paper, it seems to encompass all of the elements that drive people away from so-called “art house cinema.” Its story is a downer. The themes and ideas it plays with are complex and heady — and […]

Burton’s weird, but not unwelcome, change of pace

Burton’s weird, but not unwelcome, change of pace

BY SEAN EGAN   |  This biopic has the strange distinction of being both one of the most and least Tim Burton-y movies Tim Burton has ever made. Signs of the goth-king auteur’s favorite themes and visual motifs abound from the opening sequence, depicting thousands of art posters being printed — a sight immediately reminiscent […]

An inspiring monument to the creative process

An inspiring monument to the creative process

  BY SEAN EGAN  |  Throughout his decades-long career, Nick Cave has made a point of pushing himself forward musically and artistically. With his main band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cave’s albums incorporate loud, heavy rock, piano-based ballads, electronic and looping experiments, acoustic instrumentation and orchestral arrangements — to say nothing of the […]

Failure to mine

Failure to mine

BY SEAN EGAN  |  The main feeling one takes away from watching “Beneath,” the new release from IFC Midnight, is one of mild disappointment rather than fear. Initially, it seems to have all the right elements for a potent psychological horror movie — solid premise, talented cast, handsome visuals — though this potential gets wasted […]

An intimate epic about growing up

An intimate epic about growing up

BY SEAN EGAN  |  There is, quite literally, nothing like writer/director Richard Linklater’s latest feature. The conceit is simple — the film follows the life of Mason Jr., a young boy from a broken home, as he grows into a young man in Texas. Within this framework, though, lies a quiet tour de force of […]

A story as American as his music

A story as American as his music

BY MICHAEL LYDON  (michaellydon.com)  |  My ambition is to reach the heart of the average American, not the highbrow nor the lowbrow but that vast intermediate crew which is the real soul of the country. My public is the real people. —Irving Berlin Through the 20th century’s first decades, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Irving […]

The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf

The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf

BY REV. JEN  (rev-jen.com)  |  This month’s column is all about avoiding boredom and work…oh wait…that’s each month! However, there comes a time in every underemployed elf’s life when one must look for a job — especially when you spend half your day trying to log onto the NY Department of Labor’s website, to no […]

A smooth operator with horns to balance that halo

A smooth operator with horns to balance that halo

BY SEAN EGAN    | Even Doris Payne’s closest friends understand that she is nowhere near the charming, innocent old woman she appears to be on the surface. “Doris is no saint,” says her lifelong friend, Jean. “Her horns are holding her halo up. But she’s 80 years old — come on, give her a break!” […]

Pills, potatoes and teenage perils

Pills, potatoes  and teenage perils

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON |  With excellent acting, a timely plot about today’s exploding prescription-pill drug trade and an overall impressive authenticity, “Beneath the Harvest Sky” is a powerful movie that will stay with you after the viewing. A full-length independent feature film, it was co-written and co-directed by husband-and-wife team Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, […]

Buhmann on Art, Jan. 29, 2014

Buhmann on Art, Jan. 29, 2014

Image courtesy of Peter Freeman, Inc., New York At Peter Freeman, Inc. through Feb. 22: Frank Stella’s “K.56” (large version; 2013; paint on Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and stainless steel; 114.2 x 106.3 x 82.7 inches | 290 x 270 x 210 cm).   Image courtesy of Mike Weiss Gallery “Thrush Holmes: All Lit Up On […]

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