The fact that Anglophiles and really well-dressed types are the two groups of Americans most willing to talk with me about Max Beerbohm is a testament to the fact that, though “the incomparable Max” (as George Bernard Shaw famously called him) was an artist who wrote in our shared language, he was simply be too English for many Americans to get. I don’t mean that pejoratively; Americans constantly make references to “English humor,” with creased foreheads and blank looks that tell you they aren’t exactly sure how to describe what the British find funny, but they’re pretty sure it’s something you have to be from across the pond to understand, let alone laugh at. … Read More
AUSTIN, TX: One of these days, we’ll grow to understand that strange period a couple of years back when men were fired from their entertainment industry jobs, and responded by going out on tour. First came Conan O’Brien, whose Tonight Show ouster was followed by his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” Tour and an accompanying concert documentary, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop; Charlie Sheen followed suit after his noisy departure from Two and a Half Men, though that disastrous tour went thankfully undocumented. And then there’s Dan Harmon, who threw himself into his Harmontown podcast after he was removed from Community, the television program he created. In January of last year, Harmon and his crew of misfits went on the road for a 20-city tour, playing clubs sparsely populated by comedy nerds, and documentarian Neil Berkeley came along. The result is Harmontown, a film that is far more complicated and entertaining than the fanboy home movie you might anticipate (and dread). … Read More
Bob’s Burgers takes a month and a half off and comes back as Community meets The Simpsons?! Sunday’s episode was unlike any we’ve seen in the series’ three and a half seasons so far, experimenting with heavy genre play and extended cultural references á la Community, and three mini-stories (for each Belcher child) in the vein of Simpsons‘ “Treehouse of Horror” episodes. … Read More
In my idea of a perfect world, the gals from Girls would have gathered together in Terminal 5 at JFK and hopped on a JetBlue flight to San Francisco, where they are planning a girls-only getaway so they can be terrible to each other in a different time zone. While desperately searching for cupcakes in the Mission, Hannah bumps into Andrew Rannells — not Elijah, the character he plays on Girls, but actually Andrew Rannells, because who are we kidding, Andrew Rannells is always just playing Andrew Rannells. “Come meet my new friends,” he says to Hannah, before introducing her to Dom, Agustín, and Patrick. Boy, do Patrick and Hannah have a lot to talk about: Hannah about how Adam is her Big, Patrick how Richie is his Grande, and they both agree that it’s really difficult to be emotionally 17. Meanwhile, Dom fucks Marnie, Doris and Shoshanna go out for Cosmos, and Jessa and Agustín do a ton of cocaine and drive off the Golden Gate Bridge. … Read More
Who knew Adam was so in touch with his emotions? For someone who opts to communicate mostly in grunts these days, it turns out he’s actually given some thought to his creepy sexual idiosyncrasies and why they vanished out of thin air this season. The problem is that he’s never opted to share much of this introspection with his girlfriend (that is, not that we’ve seen), and by the time she forces it out of him, it’s too late. Hannah’s relationship finally implodes in “Role-Play,” but for once, it’s not entirely her fault. She’s just making a last-ditch effort to save her and Adam in the only way Hannah knows how: going completely over-the-top. … Read More
Well, there you have it. Eight episodes and a case spanning over 15 years, and we finally get our answers. The first season finale had much of what you would expect: a creepy murderous duo, a violent battle, blood and disgust and philosophizing and reconciliations. Yet the season didn’t end with a bang — not a loud one, at least — but a whimper. It was a predictable and simplistic ending to a mass conspiracy that has turned us all into obsessive detectives, combing every inch of episodes for clues and using our blogs as the internet version of Rust’s crazy wall. So, was it worth it?
The world’s most famous doll celebrated her 55th birthday this weekend. “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices,” creator Ruth Handler once said. Despite the best intentions, Barbie has come under fire for promoting an unhealthy body image to young girls. Her impossible figure and perfect life have been a target for many artists who have subverted the Barbie norm to explore its absurdity and question feminine ideals. Here are just a… Read More
Strange, wonderful, and dare we say, magical things happen under the cloak of night. The photography series White Lies brings this to light, exploring the intimate and vulnerable moments in the lives of Istanbul’s residents. The use of black and white connects each person across the series. The photos are quiet pauses: couples in love, people struggling to survive, a man and his dog. Photographer Ali Sureyya Torun hopes to call attention to “human themes” in the work — perhaps, here, showing us that nighttime can feel ominous, but also hopeful.
AUSTIN, TX: Tilda Swinton has, perhaps not entirely purposely, cultivated a persona of genuine strangeness. Maybe it’s the offbeat roles she chooses, her fascinating romantic life, her tendency to turn up in, say, a glass case at MoMA. (Maybe it’s the fake Twitter account.) But anyone attending her interview sidebar at SXSW Saturday only experienced occasional flashes of that peculiarity; in the flesh and in conversation, Swinton is warm, eloquent, and wonderful. Rather than louse it up with a bunch of poorly-matched prose, your film editor decided to just get out of the way, and share some of her best moments from the panel. … Read More
True Detective has only been around for one season, but tonight’s impending finale is already inspiring Breaking Bad-levels of separation anxiety. Fear not, we’re here to support you during these dark times. We’ve recapped the episodes for you, given you a thorough primer for a re-watch, told you about the photos that helped inspire the look of the series, and showed you where to buy some weird True Detective merch. Creator Nic Pizzolatto has hinted that the second season of the show will feature a new cast, and star Matthew McConaughey has confirmed he will not return for another go-round. With that in mind, and the wildly popular #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag, we were inspired to come up with a few picks for the second season team. Since it also happens to be crime novelist Mickey Spillane’s birthday, the author who created iconic private investigator Mike Hammer, we chose our picks from a pool of pop culture detective types. Feel free to cast your votes for the best season two team, below. … Read More