Some people will roll their eyes if when analyzing a story, you begin a statement by saying, “Well, if you view it as a metaphor…” But, fuck them, it’s fun to open these things up and see how draw parallels between a narrative and how life is actually lived. The latest Ari Aster film Midsommar is a dream in many ways, and considering the inspiration for that dream helps clarify some of the ideas present in the story… continued.
Ryan Gosling has long been a master of stoic characters, and his recent portrayal of Neil Armstrong in the film First Man brings that quiet, serious tone to an informative space. An accurate and detailed account of the monumental first moon landing, the film also serves as a crystal-clear metaphor for depression and grief… continued.
“You’re my only brother, except for those other ones,” Dale Baskets says in a heated talk with his brother Chip in the explosive fifth episode of the show Baskets’ second season. The scene depicts a funny, bizarre and emotionally poignant heart-to-heart between twin brothers, both of whom Zach Galifianakis portrays... continued.
After filling rooms in Asbury Park and Boston, and a sell out at Mercury Lounge in New York City this weekend with Stop Light Observations, Philly rock band Mo Lowda & The Humble set the stage for a rollicking 40+ day US tour... continued.
Next time you go to MoMa, be sure to take China’s Red Army on a soda-throwing rampage against Mario and Street Fighter characters. Also, step into a box of swirling Tibetan prayer wheels, and contemplate the frightening greed of Bill Gates while staring at a blank white screen. Read more.
According to David Baeza, “By 2030, farmland per capita in the world will decrease by more than 50%.” The tech and marketing entrepreneur doesn’t strive to reverse this trend — but he’s trying to streamline the way farmers use this ever-shrinking section of land. Read more.
Think about how many photographs are taken in NYC every day. Then imagine how many of those images involve people, either posed portraits or candid shots. Now estimate how many of those shots are completely original and dynamic (approximately one half of one percent). We sat down with one of our favorite local lifestyle and street photographers, Jessup Deane to learn his all-time best tips for shooting people. Read more.
From getting let in through the kitchen at an upscale restaurant in Goodfellas to running an establishment in Casino, Robert DeNiro has played characters well-versed in the ways of high-end restaurants. With a much more legal and morally righteous approach than the gangsters he has portrayed, DeNiro has delved into the industry himself over the past several years. Read more.