–Arts and letters for the modern age–

Cathode Ray Zone

–Arts and Letters for the Modern Age–

Michael Bergeron

Days of LPs Passed

Days of LPs Passed

If you bought record albums in the 1960’s or 70’s, Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) will superglue you to the screen. Let it be said there’s a vast difference in gleaming the cube as opposed to squaring the circle. Art students Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey...

The Flash: Worlds Collide in Multiverse Madness

The Flash: Worlds Collide in Multiverse Madness

The Flash accomplishes what many of the Warner Brothers inspired Detective Comics movies previously attempted: to provide a sense of fulfillment to the comic book genre while also expanding the possibilities of the multiverse concept. While not exactly a new concept,...

The Attachment Diaries Mashes Genres

The Attachment Diaries Mashes Genres

Poetry exudes from every pore of The Attachment Diaries (El Apeco), an Argentinian film with a unique look and unquestionably freaky vibes. The first half of the film unwinds in austere high contrast black-and-white until a shift to a golden hued color scheme...

Docs Put Viewers in the Catbird Seat

Docs Put Viewers in the Catbird Seat

Albert Einstein: People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. Yogi Berra: It's deja vu all over again. It Ain’t Over presents more than a mere baseball documentary. A...

Master Gardener Turns Over New Leaf

Master Gardener Turns Over New Leaf

If you’ve seen one Paul Schrader film, you haven’t necessarily seen them all.  The opening shot of Master Gardener has Joel Edgerton as the enigmatic Narvel Roth at a desk writing in his diary. This is practically a stock Schrader moment as seen in his recent...

Blackberry Legacy as First Smartphone Explored

Blackberry Legacy as First Smartphone Explored

BlackBerry opens with a clip from the BBC Horizon series, a show dedicated to science and philosophy, where Arthur C. Clarke talks about the future. The year is 1964. “The traditional role of the city as a meeting place for man will have ceased to make any sense. In...

Richard Thomas Takes Flight in Mockingbird

Richard Thomas Takes Flight in Mockingbird

“The audience is talking about us but we’re also talking about the audience,” says Richard Thomas, currently starring as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. The stage production, adapted from Harper Lee’s novel by Aaron Sorkin, is currently touring North America...

Sisu Walks the Walk

Sisu Walks the Walk

It’s the rare action film that draws a line in the sand and then proceeds to cross said line with a vengeance. Sisu walks that walk. A title card informs the audience that Sisu is a Finnish word that means “stoic determination” or “guts.” In other words, this movie is...

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily

Have you ever noticed that the fictional Sherlock Holmes has a chip on his shoulder the size of the Rock of Gibraltar? In the play, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, that’s a good thing. The plays that have been adapted from Sir Arthur Canon Doyle’s...