Cinema

In Praise of Letterman: A Musical Top Twenty

With David Letterman’s final Late Show airing on CBS on Wednesday, bringing a close to an unsurpassed thirty-three year career at the forefront of late night, the media over the past week has been full of all things Letterman. There have been tender and laudatory remarks and reminiscences from a whole host of celebrities and, most of all, from his…

Podcast: The Jinx & By Reason of Insanity

Some brief thoughts in a video/podcast on two recent television documentaries: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, directed by Andrew Jarecki; and Louis Theroux’s By Reason of Insanity. Incidentally, Louis’s Transgender Kids has just commenced on BBC Two.

2015 Oscars Best Dressed: The Definitive Analysis

It was easy to feel buffeted on every side by politics heading into the 87th Academy Awards. The absence of a single minority nominee for the ceremony’s four acting categories became an immediate and well justified source of anger as soon as this year’s candidates were announced in January. Again, of the twenty actors nominated across Best Actor, Best Actress, Best…

Albert Schweitzer and Henry Fonda’s Lost Special

Albert Schweitzer was born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1875. Though he took theology at university, studying at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Universität in Strasbourg and at the Sorbonne in Paris before publishing his PhD thesis – on The Religious Philosophy of Kant – at the University of Tübingen in 1899, he first found acclaim as a scholar of music. In 1905, he published a study of…

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 In Review

Aesthetica Short Film Festival is now in its fourth year. In a city with an artistic temperament which hitherto lacked a renowned venue or event, the festival has been a vital addition to York’s cultural life: showcasing a breadth of York’s cultural spaces, with a focus on UK film but drawing filmmakers and film followers from throughout the world, the…

Twin Peaks: Major Briggs’ Vision

The return of Twin Peaks – which originally aired for two seasons and thirty episodes between 1990 and 1991 – was confirmed on Monday, by means of two identical tweets posted simultaneously by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, closely followed by a tweeted announcement courtesy of the Showtime network, on which the new episodes will air. A new series…

The Unknown Known: The Epistemologies of Errol Morris and Donald Rumsfeld

Errol Morris’s documentary The Unknown Known views the political career of Donald Rumsfeld and his time as US Secretary of Defence between 2001 and 2006. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival at the end of last August; was given a limited release in the United States on Wednesday; and has been showing at select Picturehouse Cinemas in the UK…