"Classical music is the sum of all its institutions, performers, and listeners, plus a thousand-year-old cultural lineage; it can’t be snuffed out through any combination of bankrupt orchestras and mediocre album sales. What’s most remarkable, perhaps, is that the industry remains relatively vibrant in the face of an American media culture that appears so determined to marginalize it."
"Parks and Recreation is criminally underrated and one of the best ensembles on TV. They figured out how to make comedy out of people who like things as opposed to the usual sitcom where it’s people being awful to each other. Turns out passion can heighten things in the same way that conflict does. And that delights me."
#Parks and Recreation
Tim Carvell, head writer for The Daily Show in an interview with Rolling Stone (via katiepoole912
HIM: WHY JOAQUIN PHOENIX IS AMERICA’S BEST ACTOR
Spike Jonze’s latest film, “Her,” positions itself so self-consciously as a portrait of contemporary society that to watch the film is to witness a high-wire act in which the movie threatens to tumble into myopic presumption at every turn. A number of elements elevate the film, from a fully realized caricature world to a script that manages to implicate a facet of modern social living without passing judgment on it. Yet the key to “Her’s” success may ultimately rely on the film’s revealed truth about its star, that Joaquin Phoenix is not only the most captivating, least predictable and maybe just the best American actor working, period, but the one who best captures our current sense of cultural self.
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#sergei m. eisenstein
ENJOY THE SILENTS: 10 GREAT SILENT FILMS ON NETFLIX INSTANT
When the Library of Congress released a study last December finding that only 25 percent of all silent films made by major American studios still exist (and nearly half of those not on their original 35mm prints), the results were at once unsurprising and stomach-wrenching. The idea that so much of the foundation of cinema should be, barring the occasional discovery of long-forgotten film cans, lost forever is hard to take, and it makes preservation (and simple appreciation) of the movies that remain all the more imperative.
With that in mind, Film.com is launching a monthly column dedicated to silent cinema, from artist profiles to artistic movements to spotlights on pivotal and neglected films. To start things off, let’s go over some silent films you can watch right now, provided you have a Netflix subscription. The 10 films below were made by some familiar names, but they might not be the film one first thinks when approaching the director.
These movies cannot hope to give even a general overview of classic silent cinema (Netflix has allowed the streaming rights for far too many movies from the era lapse), but they nonetheless help illuminate what a fertile, uninhibited time it was as filmmakers effectively wrote the rules of their craft. These films aren’t just great examples of silent movies, they are crucial insights into the remarkable speed of artistic and technical growth and international cross-pollination that occurred as a gimmick matured into an artform. Happy streaming.
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#the powerpuff girls
here are some backgrounds, props, and effects I did a billion years ago for The Powerpuff Girl’s special “Dance Pantsed”!
Jasmin is one of the most talented designers I’ve ever met and was such a joy to work with on PPG! We had such a small crew and she was a vital part of it and had a big influence over me and everyone else both with her talent and her charming personality! Go follow her blog if you’re not already!!
(Source: ducksofrubber, via kevindart)