Trash, Art and Movies | Pauline Kael

Oh yes, I’ve committed celluloid blasphemy – I once told a friend that I didn’t quite enjoy Kurosawa movies. Needless to say, he was aghast. Truth is I just didn’t enjoy the movie. It probably was all the background about his genius that did not allow me to watch a movie the way I like to watch a movie. That time, I couldn’t explain to my friend … Continue reading Trash, Art and Movies | Pauline Kael

The Movies of Clint Eastwood : The New Yorker

A lovely longform article on Clint Eastwood – “Out of the West, Clint Eastwood’s shifting landscape, by BY David Denby” – “a great insight into the actor and his work. I recommend you create an ebook for easy reading. “If Eastwood likes a story, he buys or commissions the script, moves rapidly into production, shoots the film on a short schedule and, until recently, on a modest budget. If he … Continue reading The Movies of Clint Eastwood : The New Yorker

Valuing an Artist’s Suffering

  A 2008 article on The Guardian, titled “The art of suffering” asks, Is it necessary for artists to make painful sacrifices in order to create good art? So do we, as today’s consumers of art, still expect its creators to suffer? Do we still picture them in a modern-day equivalent of the draughty attic? … […] an artist’s more profound suffering – whether emotional or … Continue reading Valuing an Artist’s Suffering

Visual Cuture; Richard Howells

I don’t remember the last time, a “text-book” was this interesting. I just finished reading Visual Culture and it more than made for interesting reading. It is a thickish book – and I’ll admit – it seemed daunting when I picked it up. There is however an ease to the presentation that Howells achieves which slips you in comfortably into the intricacies and complexities of … Continue reading Visual Cuture; Richard Howells