Monthly Archives: January 2018

The best films of 2017, part three

12. The Death of Louis XIV, dir. Albert Serra. From my review: Playing the Sun King in The Death of Louis XIV, the seventy-six-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud surrenders any relation to the rest of his body. In one of film’s longest goodbyes, … Continue reading

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I got no Aperol: State of the Union 2018

It’s 8:18 p.m, and that bastion of #woke liberalism MSNBC has had Eugene Robinson mourning the evaporation of a “bipartisan oasis” like the Senate Intelligence Committee and Peggy Noonan, who spoke with the clarity of a person miffed that she … Continue reading

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The best films of 2017, part two

16. Personal Shopper, dir. Olivier Assayas. From my review: The closest analogue to [Olivier] Assayas’ approach is The Green Room, François Truffaut’s 1976 adaptation of Henry James’ “The Altar of the Dead,” in which the director himself plays a man … Continue reading

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‘In the Fade’ struggles to earn tragic inevitability

One truth emerges from In the Fade: Germans still tolerate smoking. Katja Sekerci, played by Diane Kruger, is rarely seen without a smoldering fag — in her home, in bars, in an automobile (many Berlin bars still get around national … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Chris de Burgh’s “The Lady in Red”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The normalization project continues

After beginning a paragraph with the stunningly vapid rhetorical question, “Should Stephen Miller be at the table” one of the New York Times’ stupidest columnists lets us watch the remains of his cerebellum crumble into ash: Miller is the White … Continue reading

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The best films of 2017, part #1

Excellent queer films get released every year, but 2017 was exceptional for seeing several of those excellent films garnering widespread praise and a semblance of an American release. This year I noticed my picks align with consensus more than usual. … Continue reading

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I need a drink, you need one too: The best of Raphael Saadiq

A songwriter-producer of exceptional fluidity, Raphael Saadiq is one of music’s most fecund talents. From his work with seminal R&B act Tony Toni Tone to his collaborations with D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Solange, and his own solo albums and the … Continue reading

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Singles 1/26

If music in 2018 turns out as well as Cassie and Cupcakke’s new singles prove, then I’ll need Mandrax by April. Click on links for full reviews. Cassie – Don’t Play it Safe (9) Cupcakke – Duck Duck Goose (8) … Continue reading

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Sinatra had his shit figured out, I presume: The best of Jens Lekman

Betraying roots in Jonathan Richman’s brand of hangdog self-parodic miserabilism (“I Know What Love Isn’t”) and fascination for the topical (“I Saw Her in the Anti War Demonstration”), Jens Lekman has emerged as one of my favorite singer-songwriters of the … Continue reading

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The sixty best directors

A couple weeks ago, ILX ran a list of our picks for fifty best directors in film history. Below is my alphabetized list, expanded to sixty; how the hell would you argue that Béla Tarr is “better” than Preston Sturges? … Continue reading

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I’m so crazy: The best of Rick James

Sweating with the effort of giving up the funk, Rick James is my least favorite of the disco and post-disco era’s major R&B stars. After 1981’s breakthrough Street Songs, he was just about done as an artist, whining dumb-ass love … Continue reading

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