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“An Art Unscrolling in Time”: An Interview with Mindy Aloff

Posted by on January 31st, 2010 at 12:06 PM

As promised: my interview with the dance critic Mindy Aloff, author of Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation (Disney Editions, 2009). I learned a lot from her book, and enjoyed interviewing her for the Journal. The interview

Dance and Comics

Posted by on January 28th, 2010 at 2:41 PM

In the next few days I hope to post my interview with Mindy Aloff, the author of an excellent new book on Disney and dance, Hippo in a Tutu (2009). Aloff is an established dance critic who has written for

Hume and Jessica: A Matched Pair

Posted by on January 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Donald Phelps examines the art of the married stage-and-screen actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.

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Funnybook Roulette Archive Prelim: The Glory That Was The Simpsons

Posted by on January 10th, 2010 at 10:03 PM
One of the innovative features planned for the new cutting edge online Comics Journal is a load of stuff from the old, stodgy out-of-date Comics Journal under the rubric Funnybook Roulette Archives. The plan is to go back to the antediluvian origins, but events give the following item reason to jump the line. A momentous cultural event like the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons raises many questions. One such question is, "How can it be the 20th anniversary when the first episode was a Christmas special?" Another is, "How can I personally exploit this manufactured media event?" In my case, it provides the opportunity to pull the following chestnut out of the open fire, an article in response to a previous media event manufactured around the 300th episode of the series. It originally appeared in one of the bedsheet issues of the Journal (the one with the Simpsons article in it). The series remains in the same state of equilibrium it was in when I wrote it, reminiscent of Krusty the Clown in the episode where an omnipotent Bart makes him stay on the air 24 hours a day. It still has its moments and I still have yet to be seriously tempted to stop watching it.

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Hitchcock Vs. Highsmith

Posted by on December 30th, 2009 at 12:01 AM
Gary Groth doesn't think Alfred Hitchcock did Patricia Highsmith any artistic favors.

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A Couple of Films About the Mystical Cult of Chance: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intacto and Gela Babluani’s 13 Tzameti

Posted by on December 10th, 2009 at 9:45 AM

How poor a bargain is the life of man, and in how mean a market are we sold.

—Oscar Wilde

The Spanish film Intacto (2002) explores the cult and charisma of “good luck” or nearly divine favoritism that makes some

A COUPLE OF FILMS DEFYING MODERN ISOLATIONISM: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Veronique and Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse

Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Two unnervingly and sublimely beautiful films can be mustered to illustrate the provincial metaphysical limitations of all that “bourgeois individualism” has ever taken for granted as normal, natural and ultimate: in The Double Life of Veronique (1991) a young woman’s

Mulan Rouge

Posted by on December 1st, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Hong Kong director Jingle Ma has re-adaptated an originally Chinese folk tale “Mulan,” which was once adapted into an animated musical by Disney. Ma’s hoping to have done for Hua Mulan what Malick did for Pocahontas in The New World.

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