Women’s Day: Perfect, Imperfect Endings – On Barbara Loden’s ‘Wanda’ (1970)

by Patrick Preziosi Art can be inherently political, but demanding didactic manifestations of intent and closed-circuit endpoints is anything but–– the most piercingly conscious works eschew such politeness in favor of a palpable atmosphere of unknowing. If things are really so in need of fixing, why lay out a film’s thematic arc so easily? Of course, audiences and critics have demanded otherwise, and still do … Continue reading Women’s Day: Perfect, Imperfect Endings – On Barbara Loden’s ‘Wanda’ (1970)

Best of the Decade: Music

As with our Best of the Decade in Film list, these album lists should be taken less as definitive statements on what was objectively best, and instead be considered as their own entities, to enrich rather than compete with other lists on this page (or other sites) – each a meaningful observation with a strong personal bent. Be sure to also check out Felix Rodriguez’s … Continue reading Best of the Decade: Music

Best of the Decade: Film

We asked our contributing writers (as well as a couple of future contributors) to offer up lists of films from the last decade which impacted them in a significant way. While we are presenting these as our ‘best of’ lists, the idea was primarily to show several lists covering a variety of moving image works from the multiplex to the avant-garde, some well-loved, others perhaps under-seen. Continue reading Best of the Decade: Film

Doubling Down – DIIV’s ‘Deceiver’ and Danny Brown’s ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’

As musical boundaries continue to dissolve at such an alarming rate, the albatross of being a “buzzed about” artist hangs heavier with each year, even if we’re only going as far back as 2011-12. Looking back from the last quarter of 2019, certain bands and musicians who dominated the cultural conversation seem frivolous now, and others seem retroactively undeserving of the hand-wringing that may have accompanied their ascents. Continue reading Doubling Down – DIIV’s ‘Deceiver’ and Danny Brown’s ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’