A Perfectly Peculiar Read

A Place Both Wonderful and Strange is a new anthology that brings together the work of thirteen international photographers in an alluringly odd narrative, inspired by Twin Peaks and the work of David Lynch. Edited by Fuego Books, the design of this photobook repeatedly presents the concept of duality so present in Lynch’s universe, beginning with something…

Loving Vincent

BY TESSA SINCLAIR / Happy tidings for movie buffs and the artily inclined both: Loving Vincent, the world’s first oil painted feature-length film about a certain Dutchman named Van Gogh has been slated for release this autumn. While us UK lot will have to wait until 13 October for the ball to drop, Vincent’s fangirls…

A Marvelous Comeback

“They are just so much fun, these films. You don’t have to have any preconceived intellectual qualification to enjoy it. You just have to be alive to have fun and have a sense of humour and have a pair of eyes that are delighted by spectacle. These kinds of films are part of why I became an actor…I…

Here's to You, Peggy G.

Happy birthday to you, wherever you are, Peggy Guggenheim! What a gal. The adored, slandered and all-around infamous niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, yes, those Guggenheims, would have turned one hundred eighteen years-old today. Her father Benjamin most unfortunately went down with the Titanic, dragging all of Peggy’s yet-to-be-earned inheritance with him. Nevertheless, when she came of age in 1919, she also…

Right or Wrong?

In 1983, Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee created his first award-winning student film Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, in which he developed a unique style of introducing films. Viewers are first taken on a ride in the black car in which Joe is being held to be killed. Music, humour, and media combine to place onlookers in the middle of a black, serio-comedic…

Behind the Comedic Mask

Top Five (2014), a film by director and funny guy Chris Rock, hones in on the many themes and kinds of visual imagery that flood the life of a comedian who “doesn’t feel funny anymore.” Top Five follows the goings on of Andre Allen, a comedian whose career is in decline; the reasons why are…

Richard Hell's Top 10

Richard Hell’s Top 10 list from the 800+ exceptional films in the Criterion Collection. Richard Hell was a founding member of the early CBGB bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids. His Voidoids album Blank Generation (Sire, 1977) is generally acknowledged as seminal to “punk.” Hell retired from music in 1984. He has…

Tagliafierro's Moving Pictures

  You stand fixed in a climate-controlled museum corridor, left hip cocked and head slightly tilting to hold eye contact with a figure frozen in an oil portrait. It’s a quiet, somehow reassuring ritual which stirs up all sorts of sentiments; wonderment at pain-stakingly executed artistic techniques, nostalgia for times forever intangible to one’s self, assumed comprehension of…

Paradise Lost?

Why is cinema so eager to present a dystopian view of the world and yet so reluctant to depict its opposite, asks Peter Wix It’s a strange place we live in, where dreams of ideal societies and great improvements for the general good occupy so little space in the collective imagination. However you introduce such…

Chris Marker: A Grin Without A Cat

Whitechapel Gallery, until 22 June The title of the Whitechapel gallery’s Chris Marker retrospective derives from the French writer, photographer and documentary film director’s powerful 1977 work that splices together political movements of the ’70s into a 180-minute film essay that disturbs and provokes. Marker, who died in 2012, aged 91, was a fighter in…