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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Nas: Time is Illmatic

Twentieth anniversaries mark the point where pop culture becomes cultural history, be it a forgettable television show or a landmark hip-hop album. Nas: Time is Illmatic feels like the reexamination of a sacred text, especially in brief testimonials – from Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, and

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Spoofing the Cold War mindset and the spy movies it spawned, French film OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a cinematic bon bon with a crunchy nut at its center. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka Agent 117 in the Office of Strategic Services,

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day tries mightily to capture a moment in the life of woman whose small world is spiraling out of control – and a nation on the precipice of World War II. The result is more froth than substance, although director

Momma’s Man

When Azazel Jacobs discusses the avant-garde cinema favored by his father Ken Jacobs, he asserts that abstraction means the audience needs to meet the filmmaker half way. The same can be said for Azazel’s third feature, Momma’s Man, which twists the idea of autobiography into


Stephenie Meyer’s swooning 2005 young adult novel, told from the perspective of a Bella Swan who sees herself as a geeky duckling, reaches past the postmodern irony of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to embrace Victorian-era romance. It’s all about forbidden love and keeping those overwhelming