Category: Reviews: Film and Visual Art

On Cunnilingus And Psychiatry: In Memorium, James Gandolfini

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose, Reviews: Film and Visual Art

By John Samuel Tieman Why did my wife and I fall in love with James Gandolfini and his Tony Soprano? Because art speaks in ways that are at once both clear and unconscious. We missed the first episode or two. But we heard from buddies that “The Sopranos” is a good show. We’d also heard …

Magnus Rex

By | Prose, Reviews: Film and Visual Art

When I was six, I dashed through the house with a beach towel draped across my shoulders, a scarf wrapped around my kinky braids like a bandit. I wanted to be Batman, a part of some imagined dimension, as my brothers and I skidded across the linoleum floor, humming theme songs and fake punching the …

Film Review: The Art of Flight

By | Mike Walker, Prose, Reviews: Film and Visual Art

Brain Farm Digital Cinema/Red Bull Media House Directed by Curt Morgan; produced by Curt Morgan and Travis Rice Released in 2011 The Art of Flight, within its home-world of snowboarding, has built up more hype than any other snowboarding film ever and probably also cost more to produce and promote than any other snowboarding film. …

At Home With War: A Vietnam Veteran Goes To The Movies

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose, Reviews: Film and Visual Art, Reviews: Performing Arts

We all watch for fire for all the fallen dead to return and teach us a language so terrible it could resurrect us all. — Joy Harjo, In Mad Love And War _____ So a colleague says, “You’re a veteran. What are your favorite war movies?” I am alternately drawn to, and disturbed by, war …

Paul Pollaro and the Peso Principle

By | Elizabeth Kirschner, Prose, Reviews: Film and Visual Art

Encountering a Paul Pollaro painting fully takes both moments and years. It causes a brain chill, a tingle down the spine and is a highly tactile experience. I know this because I live with a Paul Pollaro painting and recently made a pilgrimage to where he lives and works near South Berwick, ME so we …

Trash

By | Prose, Reviews: Film and Visual Art

I hate taking out the trash. Not in the same way that I hate doing a sink full of hot dishes on a stifling summer afternoon. It makes me sick—literally sick. Smells of rotting meat and coffee grounds are no match for the odor reducing garbage bags. At the smell, I can feel my face …

Gallery Review: 10″ x 10″ x 10″

By | Prose, Reviews: Film and Visual Art

When encountering a blown glass piece, even the novice viewer can’t help but think about process. This is partly because the act of blowing glass seems daunting and intriguing. Looking at a good sketch, one might think, wow, I would never be able to do that— but it’s still easy to imagine a row of …