It’s mostly just sad — not because Roth takes such a sharp scalpel to the social justice movement, but because he swings a baseball bat, and misses by a mile. …Read More
South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone are ruthless about challenging conventional pieties at all points on the political spectrum; on the whole, their voices are healthy for the discourse, occasionally hilariously so. And yet, what I find lacking in their signature TV show, and have since its inception, is a willingness to genuinely take ideological risks, beyond making ribald fun of religious icons and celebrities.
This week, the Criterion Collection releases Watership Down, Martin Rosen’s 1978 adaptation of Richard Adams’ novel. It’s one of the few animated films in the collection to date, but don’t go gathering up the kids, movie nerds — from the moment little Fiver gets his apocalyptic vision, wherein “The field… the field… it’s covered with blood!,” it’s very clear that this is one cartoon that’s not for the kiddies. But it’s also a terrific movie, reminding us that too often, the seemingly malleable form of the animated feature film is consigned to family entertainment and left there. Here are a few notable …Read More
There aren’t that many totally universal experiences, but it seems safe to say that most of us spent a fair amount of our childhood with a crayon in our hands (or, more accurately, in our hands and our mouths. Just me?). Yet after they’re broken or melted (or eaten!), most of us just throw them away — but not Hoang Tran. This multimedia artist ingeniously carves large crayons into icons of popular culture, with carefully applied melted wax from other crayons adding color accents. It sounds far too time-consuming and delicate for an impatient clod like your correspondent, but Tran’s done a ton of these amazing mini-sculptures, so we’ve picked a few of our favorites; check out the full assortment over at his Tumblr.
So many big songs out this week. So. Many. Take a deep breath and start here.