Life and Death on Mount Everest

The Wildest Dream Mt Everest Film Still

“…the highest of mountains is capable of severity, a severity so awful sand so fatal that the wiser sort of men do well to think and tremble even on the threshhold of their high endeavor.” — George Mallory No matter how immovable the many mountains may seem, the recent earthquakes in Nepal have illuminated to […]

You Won’t Believe What Sensationalist Best Of Bullshit End Of The Year List Lose Twenty Pounds Now

Under The Skin - Jonathan Glazer

Hi Folks, Sick of the End-of-the-Year hype? Over the Best-Of List? Done with being told how to feel about what is the interneteratti insiders say is Good and what is Bad? Exhausted by the feeling that you need to validate your interests by “liking” a thing? Tired of the need to feel that pinning a […]

The Wildest Dream A Beautiful Documentary Of Death On Everest

The Wildest Dream - Death Zone Film Still

The central question to The Wildest Dream (Anthony Geffen, 2010), the story of Conrad Anker going back to Everest 8 years after discovering George Mallory’s body in 1999, to revisit the 1924 expedition undertaken by Mallory and his climbing partner Sandy Irvine: was George Mallory the first to summit Mt. Everest? Anker is a compelling […]

Head-On Collision with Desensitized Narcissism

Head-On Collision with Desensitized Narcissism

The intimate time and space of a single human being had been fossilized forever in this web of chromium knives and frosted glass.                                                                 […]

The Resurrection of Mogwai

Dybbuk, the dislocated soul of the dead, Illustration by Ephraim Moshe Lilien.

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.                   […]

Wall Street – The Crack-Up Edition

Pool Party Still from The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese 2013

There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time. Wall Street – The Crack-Up Edition The most surprising quality of The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s epic about yuppie-broker-asshole apotheosis is not that it might be the best movie of […]

Best Documentaries of 2013 – Why Blackfish Matters

Best Documentaries of 2013 - Why Blackfish Matters

While Hollywood languishes inside of digitized cliché and regressive idolatry of the almighty dollar, the collective work of internationally-based documentary film makers only seems to improve year after year. Is it access to better and more easily functional technology or access to better and more compelling stories? What we used to revere as The News, […]

Horse shagging and Jodorowsky: a report from Tokyo International Film Festival 2013

Of Horses and Men

Sharing acronyms can be a real shitter, especially when you’re forever relegated to second place. A month after Toronto International Film Festival wraps up its annual media frenzy, Tokyo wheels out its own TIFF – an event that, but for its accreditation by the FIAPF, might as well not exist to the wider world. You’ll […]

Notes on Tokyo International Film Festival 2013

Ashkan Khatabi and Amir Jafari in "Bending the Rules"

And the Mud Ship Sails Away (Hirobumi Watanabe) And the Mud Ship Sails Away has the nonchalant, half-assed feel of one of those Downtown sketches that start out funny and then refuse to end. The opening title – “Inertia” – pretty much sums up this meandering, no-budget hymn to the tedium of life in rural Tochigi, […]

Bling, Babes, and the American Way

Bling, Babes, and the American Way

Sometimes the facts of the matter just don’t add up. The sum of human knowledge being what it is, the Internet benefiting us near total access of poetry, literature, philosophy, and music, and yet Kim Kardashian is among the most famous Americans on the planet. Triumphant geeks in apotheosis boast of their roles in the […]