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#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Film

Eraserhead | David Lynch

March 19, 2020

In his book David Lynch: The Man from Another Place, Dennis Lim makes a key distinction between the artistic motivations of the American film brats of the 1970s and an outsider like Lynch: while the Spielbergs and De Palmas grew up on a steady diet of Hollywood productions — with lofty ambitions to copy their idols — the Philadelphia-based sculptor had borrowed little actual influence from cinema when he finally established himself as a unique directorial voice later that decade. Lynch…

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#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Music

Lust for Life | Iggy Pop

The first of the two albums that Iggy Pop and David Bowie recorded during 1977, The Idiot is, in a sense, a David Bowie album, just one with Pop providing lyrics and vocals: Bowie dominated the production, sort of using the sessions as practice, honing the…

January 13, 2019
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 11

#11: Michael Winner: Feminist!? Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, we selected a handful of cuts from hack director Michael Winner’s body of work. Don’t let the fact that Winner is primarily known as the director of Death Wish fool you: This guy’s a real feminist.…

February 20, 2012
by Tina Hassannia Retrospective

The Report | Abbas Kiarostami

Ostensibly beyond Abbas Kiarostami’s typical terrain—particularly because of its complete lack of optimism—The Report feels like a puzzle piece from another game, if only at first. With the exception of its well-known domestic abuse scene, this cold, embittered “report” on Iranian life circa 1977 is…

August 22, 2011
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