Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Oscar Hangover: Afterthoughts about Art and The Artist from the Cool Bathroom Floor

It’s been a day and a half since the 84th Academy Awards wrapped up in a flurry of gooey love for a Gallic mash note to the Hollywood of 80 years ago, and I’m just now waking up on the bathroom floor, covered in regurgitated self-congratulatory awe. (Not entirely sure if it’s mine or the […]

Drive, He Said

Some of us critics got a little googly eyed over director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive when it hit U.S. theaters early last fall. (It had already been a sensation at Cannes earlier in the year.) Yes, it has Refn’s confident balance of visual flair and economy and an instantly iconic tough-guy performance from Ryan Gosling. […]

“While all the other arts were born naked, [film], the youngest, has been born fully-clothed. It can say everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time.”

--Virginia Woolf