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by Tanner Stechnij Feature Articles Music

Let It Play Out: A Decade of Lana Del Rey

October 6, 2019

It often seems like we’ve let Lana Del Rey down at every turn. But she’s always been patient enough to wait for us to come around to her side of things — and kind enough to not hold a grudge against those who don’t immediately. It’s especially daunting to write about Lana in the wake of her masterful new album Norman Fucking Rockwell!, a work that almost forces a reevaluation of this complex artist’s entire oeuvre. Lana has often been…

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by Sam C. Mac Music Retrospective

Cui Jian | Frozen Light

Cui Jian’s music paints pictures: “A Piece of Red Cloth,” an anthemic song that Cui performed during the Tiananmen protests, instantly summons images of the young rocker covering his eyes with the titular cloth, a gesture representative of what had become a ‘blinding’ socialist…

September 2, 2019
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The Kindergarten Teacher | Nadav Lapid

You’d be forgiven if you didn’t know that the recent Maggie Gyllenhaal vehicle The Kindergarten Teacher was a remake of a 2015 Israeli movie. Although the original breezed through film festivals and a limited release without much fanfare, Nadav Lapid’s unorthodox character study is…

October 17, 2018
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 30

#30: Hearts and Glowers: A Rough Ride Through Rom-coms of No Repute Download episode here. Episode Description: Like a chance encounter with a long-forgotten lover… like a sore that came from a night of loving unwisely… like an inescapable Celine Dion song… Bad Idea Podcast is…

February 22, 2017
by Luke Gorham by Sam C. Mac Retrospective

The Whispering Star | Sion Sono

While much of Sion Sono’s early-aughts filmography is littered with cycles of violence and horror—films that plumb the depths of a darkness seemingly inherent in humankind—the ever-ubiquitous director’s finest of a whopping five 2015 theatrical releases pointedly proffers a rejection of its post-human world. With The Whispering Star, Sono opts for…

September 2, 2016
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Drew Hunt Retrospective

The Virgin Psychics | Sion Sono

Sion Sono’s The Virgin Psychics is one strange movie, though not for the reasons his films are usually strange. True to its title, this high-concept comedy about a group of virgins who are bestowed fantastical abilities mixes the supernatural with frank illustrations of sex…

September 1, 2016
by Jake Cole Retrospective

Tag | Sion Sono

The jarring, discordant tones present in Tag are established within just the film’s first few images, which juxtapose an ominous helicopter shot of school buses and the dissonant swell of a cello against carefree scenes of the teenage girls that reside inside, as they engage in pillow…

August 31, 2016
by Simon Abrams Retrospective

Love & Peace | Sion Sono

There’s a moment at the end of Love & Peace, an otherwise lumpy adult fairy tale, where the story threatens to come to a satisfyingly destructive head. At this point, Ryoichi (Hiroki Hasegawa), an office drone turned rock star, is confronted by Turtle, a magical kaiju-sized snapping…

August 30, 2016
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