With occasional reflection on the perpetual absurdity/intrigue of life and society in general.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Waves - Featured Film of Interest - A film by Trey Edward Shults

Directed by Trey Edward Shults, one of the young filmmakers who's work intrigues and impresses me the most.  I find myself excitedly awaiting his new releases to see if he continues to create unique, stylized and skillful projects with the same heart and soul on display in his extraordinary debut, Krisha.  It's beginning to appear, yes.  I can't wait to see this one, to say the least.  Seek it out at a festival or theatre near you soon.  Waves is released by A24 Films. of course.


Trey Edward Shults


Nov 1, 2019

  • Kelvin Harrison Jr.
  • Lucas Hedges
  • Taylor Russell
  • Alexa Demie

Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.

Film Review Link: 
Trey Edward Shults’s audacious third film was the revelation of the Telluride Film Festival and announces a major director
"I've just seen a rare and audacious thing at the Telluride Film Festival, and it's called Waves...
Waves is the kind of movie that punches you in the gut, and then slashes you Achilles as you reach for your stomach.  Then, as you fall, it catches you in its arms.  It is relentless but never exploitative...
It wasn't what I was expecting, thank God.  I'm not capable of anticipating a movie like it. But Waves did the thing that I want from movies:  shock, envelop, break down, and rebuild me. Such movies rarely happen."

Film Review Link:  rogerebert.com

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Thought for the Day - From an Unapologetic Gen X'er

Yes, this really is the first thing that I decide to post in 9 months, ha.  Actually, many posts awaiting, just held up by pure slackness (reference Slacker, by Linklater - that's a shout out to all the Gen X'ers out there).
Check out the accompanying article below.  I've been waiting for an excuse to post this ever since it popped up on the NPR website.

Link:  NPR:  25 Years Later: Was 1993 The Greatest Year In Music?

umm, of course it was.  one of my personal favorites, at least.  So much authentic, innovative music at one moment that includes and extends beyond what is discussed in the article.  Extraordinary year in so many genres and sub genres, from rock (um, grunge) to metal to punk to hip-hop to jam band (felt obligated to include) and so much more.

Monday, December 31, 2018

A New Year - reflections and observations

Farewell 2018!  It's been weird... and stressful... and heavy... and a little creepy.

My wish for 2019:  We open ourselves to brighter, slower days filled with something new and real - with our eyes open, minds alive, actions forward, and resistant as necessary.  With love is not without action, and so we move on with hope, but not without realism, ration and experience to direct us.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - 'Over Everything' - Song for the Day

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
Published on Aug 30, 2017

'Over Everything' is taken from Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile's album 'Lotta Sea Lice'

See the Link Above

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Virginia Film Festival - Program Announced and Tickets Available Now

150 Films in four days

VAFF two years back - I was privileged enough to be in attendance.

A taste of this year's program:

The Favourite
Green Book

That should be about enough to get some energy brewing for the film lovers out there.  I'm getting down right giddy after finally figuring out my four day schedule.  Well, mostly - still some tough debates on unfortunate overlaps for me.  Not a terrible problem to have.

I will be writing more about the 31st Annual Virginia Film Festival, 2018 as a featured festival in upcoming posts.  It is held in my city of residence, Charlottesville, VA, much of it walking distance from my home.  No surprise, it's my favorite time of the year to be a local.

The films have been announced and tickets went on sale yesterday - Monday, 10/08 at noon.  Some films have sold out, but most screenings still have tickets available.  The program looks dense with quality and intrigue, and there is more than enough for any film lover, cinephile or film student alike to fill a full festival experience.  There are also plenty of good choices for those that want to dip in for just a film or two.

Yaaaaay!  It's film festival time in my home town.

Links:  VAFF Homepage and 2018 Program Announcement

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Politics Meets Humanity - Sen. Jeff Flake Confronted by Protesters Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote - Media with Purpose

The strength, courage and conviction of the women protesters confronting Flake is nothing short of inspiring to action, and endless admiration and appreciation.

Now, I also want to note the truth seeking ability of the camera's eye, and the infinite strength of media when driven by noble forces.  The camera offers the peoples' voice amplification like nothing else can, if we use it.

Nothing really needed be said.  Just watch.

Link:  NPR - WATCH: Assault Victims Confront Jeff Flake After He Says He Will Vote For Kavanaugh

Monday, September 24, 2018

Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast: Ep.19A - Virginia Film Festival 2017 Special Pt.1

Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast: Ep.19A - VAFF 2017 Special Pt. 1

Tod and Cullen make their triumphant return to podcasting with the first half of their 2017 Virginia Film Festival coverage!

Part 1 includes general comments on the festival, plus discussion of the following screenings:
Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)
Magnum Opus (Elliott, 2017)
Lighthouse Studio Shorts
Shadowman (Jacoby, 2017)
Downsizing (Payne, 2017)
Shelter (Riklis, 2017)
Tonsler Park (Everson, 2017)
Birth of a Movement (Gray & Cram, 2017)
Word is Bond (Jenkins, 2017)
Krystal (Macy, 2017)
Ismael's Ghosts (Desplechin, 2017)
The Lodger (Hitchcock, 1927)

Stay tuned for episode 19B, featuring discussion of the second half of the festival.
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Link to listen to Ep.19A: 

Link to:  Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast

That's right, we're back!  Visit the Links above to listen to the new episode as well as episodes 12-15 (not posted on this blog).  Episodes 16-18 are recorded and simply sitting in editing backlog, and Episode 19B - VAFF 2017 Pt. 2 will be released very soon, so keep an eye out.

We are also making plans to record more new episodes as we speak, including extensive coverage of the 2018 VAFF.  Hooray!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Believe in Something..." - Colin Kaepernick's Nike Ad Campaign, 2018 - Media with Purpose

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"Don't ask if your dreams are crazy.  Ask if they're crazy enough."

Note from biab:  Sometimes it takes a Goliath to bring down Goliath.  The world we created is more complex and unjust than i typically care to imagine.  Strange times bring strange allies.

Childish Gambino - "Feels Like Summer" - Song for the Day

“Feels Like Summer” by Childish Gambino http://smarturl.it/n3g9db8 tour tickets and merchandise available at http://www.childishgambino.com/ Directed by Donald Glover, Ivan Dixon & Greg Sharp

First the video for "This is America," and now this...  Looks like we may have one of those rare savvy but honest artist types that realizes the medium of music and video can be so much more than a promotional ad or MTV rag (i think that channel still exists?).  Bravo, Mr. Glover.  I hope you keep going with it - challenging the status quo.

And, of course, he is a legit A-town artist.  I have to show some special love for the artists of Atlanta, one of the most formidable stomping grounds of my young adulthood.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Stephin Merritt - I Don't Want To Get Over You - Song for the Day

Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast: Ep. 4: Brain Damage and The Son

Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast: Ep. 4: Brain Damage and The Son: In Episode 4, Tod and Cullen talk about Brain Damage (Henenlotter, 1988), The Son (Dardenne & Dardenne, 2002), the horror host tradition, and the ethics of addressing juvenile delinquency.

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Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast: Ep. 3: Cannibal Holocaust and The 400 Blows

Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast: Ep. 3: Cannibal Holocaust and The 400 Blows: In Episode 3, Tod and Cullen discuss Cannibal Holocaust (Deodato, 1980), The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959), European fascism, and Truffaut's obsession with Hitchcock.

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