Peter Parlow – The Plagiarists

Central to hip-hop and its related sub-genres is the concept of sampling, wherein another artists’ music is remixed and recontextualized. Most recently, Eric Andre under the moniker of “Blarf” released his debut album Cease & Desist, a wry nod towards the legal issues one can face when sampling. The opening track alone presents a cacophony … Continue reading Peter Parlow – The Plagiarists

Andrei Tarkovsky – Stalker / Claire Denis – High Life

The following is part three of my coverage of Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th Mixtape: Free Double Features series. Part one can be read, here and part two, here. I’ve previously written about Stalker, here, and High Life, here. There will be spoilers for both films, so if you haven’t seen them, I recommend doing … Continue reading Andrei Tarkovsky – Stalker / Claire Denis – High Life

Francois Truffaut – Two English Girls / David Lynch – Mulholland Drive

The following is part two of my coverage of Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th Mixtape: Free Double Features series. Part one can be read, here. No hay banda -Mulholland Drive To choose between two things, you must know both. l can't choose vice or virtue knowing only virtue. -Two English Girls The first question to … Continue reading Francois Truffaut – Two English Girls / David Lynch – Mulholland Drive

Film of the Week: Blackhat

Perhaps a cyberpunk film in a league of its own, Blackhat balances the thrills of an abstract digital world with its more tangible, human, and architectural counterpart. Unlike Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell (1995) or the Wachowski siblings’ The Matrix (1999), there’s no philosophizing here. Instead, Mann highlights the relationship between the digital and … Continue reading Film of the Week: Blackhat

Nina Menkes – Queen of Diamonds

Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds (1991) is the type of low-budget independent film possessed of great magnitude alongside the likes of Wanda (1970), Killer of Sheep (1978), and Daughters of the Dust (1991). Like those films, Queen of Diamonds has also been pulled from obscurity thanks to a new restoration by Arbelos[1]. Tinka Menkes—Nina’s sister—plays … Continue reading Nina Menkes – Queen of Diamonds