A 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis managed to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented.
It’s about time we cut the crap about Jacinda Ardern being only a show pony.
Society teaches people that admitting to bad behaviour means accepting punishment and giving up support, which is why most people will try deny it.
Primarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech last night at the Golden Globes was a defence of journalism and of journalists.
I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle.
If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s.
To quote the distinguished Nobel laureate, “Something is happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr Jones?”
An obsessive tale of two Westerns
Taking the “guilt” tour in Auckland Art Gallery
It’s getting harder to make a commitment…
David Bowie never endorsed Velvet Goldmine but it has become the ideal tribute film.
Japanese hip-hop, noise music, J-Pop, and a whole lot more besides….
The Sundance TV series Rectify takes the difficulties of faith, forgiveness and family seriously
A collective music based on allegiance to the ‘hood now belongs to remote and isolated solo stars
Some musical journeys in the worlds of white people….
Why David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows is a teenage sensation.
Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Holding aloft a flickering torch for John Darnielle’s older stuff
Niceness can be a career option…
Point Break : Is there any point to a reboot of one of the greatest action movies of the 1990s?
Songs of innocence, regret, anxiety, failure and punishing ennui…
Good lyric writing can be a thing of wonder
Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is still the greatest World War I film.
Make your own film festival, from movies available free online.
The Carrie and Lowell album is about trying to survive your family’s impact on you
How does David Lynch’s Wild at Heart look, 25 years later?
Looking back at 50 years of Nashville’s black sheep boy
It felt like a remarkably good year for cinema. And that was without getting Godard in 3D.
In Mockingjay Part One, everyone’s working for the media
A tribute to the recently re-discovered innovator