Mark Dery has a new essay — "equal parts philosophical investigation (of memory, time, and museum vitrines) and memoir (mem-noir?)" — up at the Thought Catalog. He says: "Why do passing encounters with the inconsequential lodge themselves in our long-term memory, sometimes forever? What makes seemingly throwaway images get stuck in the hippocampus and stay there, for a lifetime? Castle of the Living Dead (1964) is, by universal consensus, not high art. An especially forgettable example of the spaghetti-gothic thrillers turned out by Italian moviemakers in the '60s, it's a low-budget affair, badly dubbed, creaky with clichés, marred by hammy performances. Yet, for all its staginess, the film settled to the bottom of my unconscious the day I saw it, at the age of eight or nine, and has lain there ever since, submerged but still visible, like the drowned death car in Night of the Hunter."
This weekend I caught the 1971 outlaw biker flick The Pink Angels. It's interesting not because it's a good movie (it's bad, and so badly edited it laspes into incoherence) but because it's about gay bikers on a road trip. In 1971. From one of only two online reviews of any depth I can find:… READ THE REST
Neo's back in the Matrix and not-so-blissfully unaware of what has (or will?) transpire, but evidently soon makes connections. Most of the old cast is back, with Neil Patrick Harris a prominent newcomer, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus. Lawrence Fishburne says that he wasn't asked and hasn't been told, though it also seems likely… READ THE REST
Conan O'Brien recently interviewed Daniel "Harry Potter" Radcliffe, who has turned out OK despite being the ultimate mass-culture child star. The "secret" is, frankly, that he never actually went to Hollywood and so was never subjected to its revolting pseudo-liberal predator-infested culture. Everything was filmed in England. I don't really have a satisfying ansswer. I… READ THE REST
Studies show that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of many who might not have had such problems before, and it's hardly surprising given the plight New York City experienced throughout 2020. After living through such a tense time when it was rare that we could even leave our houses, New Yorkers may… READ THE REST
There's a reason why the movie Sideways was such a hit with audiences. Sure, it had a great cast and a fun script, but part of its success was baked into its premise. It was a comedy about people who took wine way too seriously. That's an idea that practically writes itself. You know all… READ THE REST
Nothing is worse than having your devices die when you're out and about. Sure, standard portable power banks will do the trick, but most are too bulky to carry around in your pockets. Plus, then you have to worry about the long charge times for those power banks have, not to mention the hassle of… READ THE REST