Dusty Wright's Culture Catch - Smart Pop Culture, Video & Audio podcasts, Written Reviews in the Arts & Entertainment http://culturecatch.com/node/feed en Dudeness Is http://culturecatch.com/node/3841 <span>Dudeness Is</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>April 10, 2019 - 08:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/literary" hreflang="en">Literary Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/779" hreflang="en">essay</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-center"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="812" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2019/2019-04/star-dude.png?itok=UYf9CE0h" title="star-dude.png" typeof="foaf:Image" width="665" /></article><figcaption>Photo Credit: d. Bindi</figcaption></figure><p>"My dad's a cooler dude than your dad!" bragged my ten-year-old daughter Mina to one of her friends on her phone.</p> <p>Wot? I'm a dad and a dude? Hey, that's pretty cool. I still play music, but I thought Quincy Jones was "the dude." After all, he did release an album in the '80s called <em>The Dude</em>. But where did my daughter pick this "dude" tag up? From my wife? (Doubtful, she might not have married me if she believed I was a dude.) Probably from the Scooby Doo cartoons we watch together. Or from her older brother and his crazed sidewalk skateboard pals in our 'hood. Or maybe she caught <em>The Big Lebowski</em> at her one of her friend's apartments.</p> <p>In the end it didn't matter, 'cuz I suddenly became obsessed with defining what makes a guy a dude. And more importantly, did I possess any of the dude DNA? </p> <p>Fast forward...</p> <p>"Hey, dude!" I grimaced, turned, and saw two tanned, healthy young men in their late teens in baggy, neon surf gear fist-punch each other and continue their conversation. I shuddered and continued reading my morning paper in some nondescript restaurant in Venice Beach. I was on the West Coast for my friend's wedding and a little business, away from the comfort and sanity of my family and home in New York City. Five days into my excursion had left me weak for good deli and something other than surfer lingo.</p> <p>This dude thing had reached critical mass. Dudes everywhere were chasing me. Even on the radio as David Bowie's early '70s anthem, "All the Young Dudes" blasted from my rental car's speakers.</p> <p>Malibu, Huntington, the Valley, and San Diego -- the entire Pacific Coast was crawling with them. From Sunset Strip to the Santa Monica Pier, I couldn't travel anywhere without hearing that word.</p> <p>I decided to query my waitress about this dude thing; after all, she'd been talking to the two surfers.</p> <p>Much to my dismay she said she didn't know much about it, but volunteered that her friend Buddy "probably-definitely qualified as an expert dood."</p> <p>Buddy!?! Now there was a name I could appreciate. Love to meet the folks that decided that was a proper given name for a dude child. Come on. Nonetheless, if I were going to hack free this albatross clinging around my neck I'd have to confront the enemy, regardless of the consequences.</p> <p>I assumed that by polling people I'd reach a coherent working definition. And, perhaps in some delusional manner, determine if I fit the dude criteria for dude-dom.</p> <p>Over the next couple of weeks I randomly put forth the question -- "What is a dude?" -- to countless folks everywhere. From Los Angeles to Ohio to New York, I left them to ponder.</p> <p>Once I settled back in New York, I would collect the data and hopefully piece things together. (And keep in mind this was without any government subsidized art program backing me.)</p> <p>Much to my amazement, as I started to assemble this mythical character I discovered all sorts of shared qualities. And more often that not, these qualities were universals. So much so that the West Coast surfer had more in common with the East Coast Harlem tough guy than either would care to acknowledge.</p> <p>If you asked the average person on the street to bridge such seemingly opposites, it's doubtful they could find any common bonding material. Yet there existed essential elements that were easily interchangeable between characters as diverse as the Silver Surfer and/or Shaft.</p> <p>For starters, all dudes emanate a particular sensibility, lifestyle, and attitude. They neither wallow in squalor nor swim in ostentatiousness. And most importantly, they always remain righteously true to themselves first. Moreover, when possible, they seek out the truth, whether commandeering a woman to her full feminine sensuality or shooting the perfect game of billiards with their peers.</p> <p>I examined my past. Did I encounter any such beings while growing up in Ohio?</p> <p>Maybe they were the characters we referred to in school as "cool."</p> <p>If that was the case, I remember one of my classmates in elementary school definitely fit the profile. His name was Jeff Thompson. And come to think of it, he did possess a certain something, although I'd bet our teacher felt he was a troublemaker. But I don't ever recall him actually causing trouble. (He never started any wastepaper basket fires, but he did boast of masturbating at a prepubescent age.) He just seemed bigger than life.</p> <p>It is possible that dudes, in the purest sense, represent the essence of individuality. They don't copy anyone else. They don't dress like anyone else. They don't sound like anyone else. They exist within all dimensions of popular culture without being too trendy or too stylish. Just look at James Bond and all the leading men he's endured. While the Scotsman Sean Connery (image above) remains the quintessential dude amongst the Bond actors, Daniel Craig (trailer below) has breathed a much-needed dudeness into the contemporary 007 legacy. (Check out Sir Connery in Goldfinger!)</p> <p>A real dude lives on the cutting edge, taking his life in new directions daily while the rest of us just try to keep up with his predestined course. Again, who else but 007 could single-handedly save the world defeating evil in the catacombs of Rome and, in the next moment, sit with the Queen looking unhassled, relaxed, and fabulous.</p> <p>A true dude is free of ego and all of the destructive elements associated with it. He would never say, "Hey, baby, look at me, am I not the most dynamic fella you've ever encountered?" He doesn't have to announce his own self-worth. Those around him will usually do it for him.</p> <p>A real dude doesn't aspire to anything except being at ease with himself. Whether he's feeding ducks in a pond or strolling in a summer rainstorm without an umbrella, nothing is too banal about experiencing the simple side of life.</p> <p>As stated, he is a guy who embodies many desirable qualities. Many folks view him as dangerous, aloof, coy, cute, clever, charming, tough, handsome, endearing, righteous, free, timeless, spiritual, and true.</p> <p>He is not necessarily the most handsome or the most spiritual, but rather the perfect blend of all these qualities. He may be a hero to some and provoke envy in others. And this depends on the individual's perception.</p> <p>Who else but a dude would even attempt surfing a thirty-foot wave and pull it off and ride it all the way to the shore?</p> <p>He doesn't hide behind his clothes. He's got his own style. Check out any cool urban movie, like Shaft or Superfly, to highlight this point. Do you honestly think that rapper Snoop Dogg would have graced Starsky &amp; Hutch without some serious cuts? Or that Curtis Mayfield would've wasted his time writing the theme song for anything less then a perfect dude-heavy flick like Superfly? Ditto for Isaac Hayes and the very righteous Shaft.</p> <p>Anything a true dude wears merely adds to his totality, whether he's chillin' in his tattered old button-fly denims at a BBQ during the day or playing baccarat in his tailor-made tux in Monaco at midnight.</p> <p>A real dude is not without emotion, though many people may be fooled by his leather-tough shell. But once you get beyond his veil of 'tude, you'll find a soft side underneath.</p> <p>He could be cheering for his favorite baseball team on Saturday and crying over the beauty of his sister's newborn baby on Sunday. Moreover, it's not the silly vibe of Ashton Kutcher in <em>Dude, Where's My Car? </em>It's the cool "abide" of Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers' epic dude paean <em>The Big Lebowski</em>.</p> <p>So there I was, left with a much broader understanding of what a dude was, is, and probably will always be.</p> <p>Did I possess any of that stuff? Since I've never surfed, this prevented me from drawing any relevance from the beach scene. And I've never been known as a tough street guy, even though as a kid I played two-hand touch football in the street in Akron, Ohio.</p> <p>Yet, I always felt I could be engaging, even when people feigned interest in my opinion. And most of my closest male friends agreed that all guys were "dudish" from time to time. So I guess I could be, too.</p> <p>Maybe all you needed to do was borrow a little -- "Bond, James Bond" -- from time to time. You know, you've been milling about some boring social function when your gaze meets some femme fatale trapped in some mindless chatter with some oafish chap. You imagine yourself offering her an expensive glass of champagne from a bottle you've hidden in the kitchen from the rest of the party. It's got to be better than the designer drink this affable clown offered her. Now if you only had the balls to approach her, maybe you could fulfill your fantasy.</p> <p>Nonetheless, my observations lead me to one universal conclusion:</p> <p>He represents the quintessential man -- a total Utopian state of malehood. Moreover, he is the apex of perfection in man; perfection that no man will ever reach. And he always abides by being truly comfortable with himself in each and every situation in his life.</p> <p>If Adam was the first dude, does that make Jesus the perfect dude?</p> <p>Country dude Kris Kristofferson thought so and even wrote a very dude-worthy song about him called "Jesus Was a Capricorn." Besides, who would argue with Kris, as he's still one of coolest older dudes on the planet.</p> <p>But what about Or Krishna? Or Buddha? Or Muhammad? Or Ghandi? </p> <p>Or your favorite teacher? </p> <p>And what about Dads? Can they be dudes, too?</p> <p>Sure. Just ask my daughter.</p> <p>As for dudettes? Well, that's another story. Best check with my wife.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3841&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="AfC0M5_LuSKB0XFcaqv3ukIzLOAo2Mg0lQ0wtvOXQts"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 12:15:13 +0000 Dusty Wright 3841 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3841#comments Mariza In USA http://culturecatch.com/node/3840 <span>Mariza In USA</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>April 4, 2019 - 23:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/753" hreflang="en">fado</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1043" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2019/2019-04/mariza3_image.jpg?itok=160tTaye" title="mariza3_image.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors</figcaption></figure><p>The critically-lauded Portugal-based fado singer <a href="https://www.mariza.com" target="_blank">Mariza</a> starts her US tour tomorrow in LA. She'll end her month long tour with a show in New York City on May 1st to play Town Hall. Born in Mozambique, the Portugal-based artist adds a touch of Africa into her musical mix. Fado is a folk music genre that can be traced to Lisbon, Portugal around the 1820s. Generally it's a style of Portuguese singing that is done in cafés and restaurants. Mariza's 7th album -- <em>Mariza</em> -- was recently released. Below is a track from the stunning new effort. </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y90lr965Ea0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3840&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="6GZc614QeMeW-HcZ8jbf_TDwLJb51UUBnETi8DgHz04"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 05 Apr 2019 03:26:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 3840 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3840#comments Video of the Week: "Deutschland" http://culturecatch.com/node/3838 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Deutschland&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>March 29, 2019 - 06:01</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/770" hreflang="en">hard rock(127)</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NeQM1c-XCDc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The Berlin-based hard rock band <a href="https://www.rammstein.de/" target="_blank">Rammstein</a> have done it again. This sixth man outfit have released what may be their most controversial video yet. Directed by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/specterthedirector/" target="_blank">Specter Berlin</a>, the cinematic and expensive video for "Deutschland" has already garnered 7 million views <em>and</em> plenty of criticism. It's certainly disturbing, yet visually stunning -- a tribute to their homeland of Germany and some of the atrocities committed by said homeland throughout the ages. The video's message wrestles with the pain of separation and the feeling of coming to terms with such a divisive past. No doubt lead singer <a data-reactid="183" href="https://loudwire.com/tags/till-lindemann" target="_blank">Till Lindemann</a> has directed his conflicted feelings about his homeland in the chorus. Here's the translation of those lyrics: </p> <blockquote> <p>"Germany / My heart in flames<br data-reactid="191" /> Want to love you / want to damn you<br data-reactid="193" /> Germany / Your breath is cold<br data-reactid="197" /> So young / And yet so old<br data-reactid="201" /> Germany / your love<br /> Is boon and bane<br /> Germany / my love<br /> I can't give you<br /> Germany!"</p> </blockquote> <p>There are some very heavy and graphic scenes that depict some of the brutalities committed by Germany throughout the ages. One in particular has been condemned by Germany's Jewish leaders who've accused the band of trivializing The Holocaust. Felix Klein,  Germany's commissioner for anti-semitism, said: "I think it is a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom."</p> <p>In the 30-second teaser video that was released before the entire video, the band members are seen dressed in stripped concentration camp uniforms with nooses around their necks. But later in the song, lead guitarist <a data-reactid="229" href="https://www.rammstein.de/" target="_blank">Richard Kruspe</a> dressed in a Nazi uniform gets shot in the face by vocalist Till Lindemann, who is in one of those concentration camp victims.</p> <p>The video was</p> <p>Rammstein's 7th album will be released on May 17. It's their first new album in 10 years. You can pre-order it <a data-reactid="249" href="https://lnk.to/Rammstein_PreOrder" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3838&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="10gXhXnZ7VanVaNCopuZ34DEcJ4VXBrHZkLG69tL8U4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 29 Mar 2019 10:01:36 +0000 Dusty Wright 3838 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3838#comments Build The Wall! http://culturecatch.com/node/3827 <span>Build The Wall!</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>March 1, 2019 - 10:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/art" hreflang="en">Art Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/510" hreflang="en">painters</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p> </p> <p>Popaganda artist <a href="https://vimeo.com/312798557" target="_blank" title="Build The Wall">Ron English</a> is building a Welcome Wall on the US/Mexico border!</p> <p>As a street artist Ron has used walls to tell his story. Often the subject of his work is to make people aware of classism, racism, corporatism, and politics. And now he is building what he calls <em>The Welcome Wall</em>.</p> <p>"A wall is the perfect physical and metaphoric gift from a cult leader to his followers. It positions him as the great protector of his chosen people from the unwashed, unenlightened others!" - Ron English</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-vimeo video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/312798557?autoplay=0"></iframe> </div> <p>CONCEPT<br /> The Mexican American Welcome Wall will be a 2000 ft long physical wall along the US/Mexico border, designed by artists and activists to be a conceptual message board for an ongoing discussion about the wall, border, wildlife, and immigration issues. A temporary art installation to fuel the resistance against Trump's racist monument.</p> <p>TIME FRAME<br /> Ron will start building this spring and the wall will stay up till 2020 Election night. On Election night he will auction the different sections.  Part of the proceeds will go to wild life charities, indigenous communities, and non-profits.</p> <p>DESIGN <br /> The wall is designed to be built in plywood sections of 8' wide by 12' tall. Exactly three sheets of plywood  stacked on top of each other. The design was made so that Art can be created off site and easily shipped by means of a flatbed truc. Of course we encourage the artists to come to the site and make the art locally.</p> <p><a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ron-english-welcome-wall#/" target="_blank" title="Build The Wall!">Donate to his very modest IndieGoGo campaign today!</a></p> <p>(Images courtesy of Ron English.)</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3827&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="wZHWopiKLuDI2oTJmhlVpb8DdhqPcd72Ar7u-bQAquc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 15:32:32 +0000 Dusty Wright 3827 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3827#comments Augmenting Bowie's Reality http://culturecatch.com/node/3808 <span>Augmenting Bowie&#039;s Reality</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>January 3, 2019 - 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/763" hreflang="en">augmented reality</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1285" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2019/2019-04/bowie-is-real-app-content-image-2019.png?itok=EliEiEMu" title="david-bowie-is-real" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1000" /></article><figcaption>Photo: Courtesy of the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.</figcaption></figure><p>Even in death, Bowie continues to embrace the future.</p> <blockquote> <p>"<strong><em>This brings the amazing </em>David Bowie is<em> exhibition to a wider audience. It's great that his fans get to experience it. It was a privilege to be involved.</em></strong>" - <strong>Gary Oldman</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The <em>David Bowie is</em> AR (augmented reality)/VR (virtual reality) mobile app is the first release resulting from a collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., who hosted the exhibition in Tokyo in 2017. The New York-based studio Planeta is designing and developing the AR/VR interpretations of the original museum experience at the V&amp;A. The AR adaptation mirrors the physical exhibition through a sequence of audio-visual spaces through which the works and artifacts of Bowie's life can be explored. 3D renderings preserve and present his costumes and treasured objects such as musical scores, storyboards, handwritten lyrics, and even diary entries--all in 360-degree detail, enabling intimate "behind the glass" access rivalling that of the visitors to the original exhibit, and enhanced by an immersive audio experience featuring Bowie’s music and narration, best experienced with headphones.</p> <p><em>David Bowie is </em>record-breaking exhibition drew over 2 million visitors across 12 cities -- the most visited touring exhibition in the history of the V&amp;A -- and has been granted digital immortality. <em>David Bowie is</em>, curated by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, set the standard for others to follow. The visual richness of this show and visionary nature of Bowie and his music made this a must for AR/VR reality.</p> <p>Award-winning actor Gary Oldman provided the narration for this new mobile app. (Check him out as a priest in the audacious Bowie video for the single "<a href="https://youtu.be/7wL9NUZRZ4I" target="_blank">The Next Day</a>." He and David were close friends.) </p> <p>The app which debuts on Jan. 8th -- which would have been David's 72nd birthday -- will cost $7.99. More info here: <a href="https://nastylittleman.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13daec772857eef90d4e2c19a&amp;id=ff0ba6ef71&amp;e=f553d89571" target="_blank">https://davidbowieisreal.com/</a></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3808&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="d9ssolGrE4HFHIFdaAqqPOYTVxwH6xVX7t_tjIDKp1w"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 3808 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3808#comments Cool Culture http://culturecatch.com/node/3801 <span>Cool Culture</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>December 29, 2018 - 00:02</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/film" hreflang="en">Film Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/758" hreflang="en">best of the year</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p> </p> <p>Here is my list of top-notch, dare I say, epic culture from 2018. Certainly in these digitally-enhanced days, it can be overwhelming to check out everything. I suspect I'll continue to discover more, as I read some of my peers' favorites. In any event, hope you have the time to check out some of my choices.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TTf0Lc5YAcc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><em>A Private War (</em>Aviron Pictures)</p> <p>A movie that will put war into perspective in a more than obvious way, the way that war correspondents do so every time they step onto the battlefield; telling the truth can be perilous to their lives. Sadly, giving voice to the voiceless will always be dangerous politics.Look for Rosalind Pike to get an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the most celebrated war correspondent of our time, Marie Colvin. Ditto for the director Matthew Heineman and the movie itself. </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ULUo0048xZE?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><em>Capernaum </em>(Sony Pictures Classics)</p> <p>This film shatters  humanity's inhuman way of handling our fellow humans with little to offer them in ways of support or empathy. Winner of the coveted Palm D'Or at Cannes, not hard to see why. Director Nadine Labaki's <em>Capernaum</em> ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. It was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. This emotionally-charged film will leave its mark on you for life.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/76bH1b9XreE?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><em>The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel </em>Season 2 (Amazon Studios) </p> <p>This is the best on-line/TV/episodic show of the past decade. Kudos Amazon Studios. Caveat alert! No, I've not seen The <em>Handmaid's Tale</em> yet. And I loved season two of Showtime's stand-up comedy period piece circa early 1970s <em>I'm Dying Up Here</em>. (Sadly executive producer Jim Carey's show got cancelled.) Season 2 of <em>Mrs. Maisel</em> may not pack the wallop of Season 1, but it's the devil in the details that had me binge view the new season. There is more focus on her Jewish family at home, in Paris, in the Catskills for the summer, her disastrous comedy road tour, et al. As a former TV agent that worked with comedians, I know a few things about the lives of comedians. The sophomore season focuses on Rachel Brosnahan's<strong> </strong>Miriam "Midge" Maisel trying to navigate her slow ascension into the world of showbiz while juggling the <em>mishegoss of her </em>upper-crust Jewish family on the Upper West Side of NYC. (I live on the Upper West Side and little has changed in the social fabric of our neighborhood.) Midge has to deal with all of it -- her Paris-based mother Rose (Marin Hinkle), her Columbia professor father Abe (Tony Shalhoub), her soon-t0-be-ex-husband (?) Joel (Michael Zegen), her foul-mouthed and badass manager Susie (Alex Borstein), her CIA-employed brother Noah (Will Brill) and neurotic sister-in-law Astrid (Justine Lupe), "in-your-face" father-in-law Moishe (Kevin Pollack), and even Lenny Bruce (the extraordinary Luke Kirby). I hope the producers and writers can pump up Season 3. Expect more Emmy nominations/awards for this show in 2019.</p> <article class="embedded-entity align-center"><img src="/sites/default/files/2019/2019-04/krrimstein-hannah.jpg" width="200" height="267" alt="Thumbnail" title="krrimstein-hannah.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p><em>The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth</em> (Bloomsbury Publishing)</p> <p>Author/<em>New Yorker</em> cartoonist/CC contributor Ken Krimstein has released one of the finest graphic novels of our generation. Before you thumb your nose at the thought of "reading" a graphic novel one would be well-served to buy this novel and ingest it for yourself. Don't believe me? Cartoonist Roz Chast had this to say: "Ken Krimstein's deeply moving graphic memoir about the life and thoughts of philosopher Hannah Arendt is not only about Hannah Arendt. It's also, through her words, about how to live in the world..."</p> <p><em>Slave Play</em> Off-Broadway Play</p> <p>A riveting and complex portrayal of race, gender, and mental health in America presented by the <a href="https://www.nytw.org/" target="_blank">New York Theater Workshop</a>. Playwright Jeremy O. Harris rips apart history to shed new light on being black in the 21st century. Directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara, it has already won the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences and the 2018 Paula Vogel Award. Look for it to move to a larger New York theater in the new year.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jOBjwkaW-T0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The Kinks - <em>Preservation Green Society Box Set</em> (Warner)</p> <p>Some have suggested that this is <em>the</em> quintessential Kinks album and one of <em>the</em> quintessential rock albums about English society circa mid-196os. This box set has the vinyl in stereo, mono, German pressings; CDs with bonus tracks including the one above. A treasure-trove and a must-own collection for any music fan!</p> <p><em>Stay</em> <em>Awake</em>: <em>Music</em> <em>from Vintage</em> <em>Disney</em> <em>Films</em> (A&amp;M/UMe)</p> <p>I admit a very soft spot for the early Disney films, and a massive disdain for rote covers of classic songs. Thankfully producer Hal Willner does as well. This is one of my favorite “cover” albums ever produced. So many amazing versions of amazing songs from amazing Disney movies. Check out my full review <a href="http://culturecatch.com/node/3796" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-Jy6P9TltXQ?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The Band - <em>Music from Big Pink (</em>Universal Music Group<strong>)</strong></p> <p>Much has been written about the legacy of The Band, architects and purveyors of the entire Americana movement, all of it deserving. One only needs to start with their genre-defining debut, one of the finest debut's by any band from the 1960s. Here it gets the royal vinyl treatment -- remixed and re-released as a double album, 180 gram, 45 RPM. Listen to the digital version of one of the greatest "American" songs ever written. Not bad for 4 Canadians and one badass drummer/vocalist from Arkansas.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u4yA8zM0ifY?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Loma <em>Loma</em> (SubPop)</p> <p>From Shearwater vocalist Jonathan Meiburg, ethereal vocalist Emily Cross, and multi-instrumentalist/engineer Dan Duszynski comes this ethereal juggernaut. Sonically rich even ambient at times, but complex enough to require multiple listens to fully appreciate the magic created by this trio. Check out the video for "Black Widow" above.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NewN2Mw2b78?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The War and Treaty <em>Healing Tide</em> (Thirty Tigers)</p> <p>Won't find any false pretenses in this release. Gospel, funk, rock, soul... a heady stew of timeless music that will sanctify even the coldest heart!</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VODKZxsRa_E?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>IDLES - <em>Joy as an Act of Resistance</em> (Partisan Records)</p> <p>Punk-rock fury from the UK. Visceral and in-your-face anger. Like PIL, like The Fall, like Gang of Four, like... shit, "anger is an energy." Just ask Mr. Lydon. Or the IDLES' lead singer. "I'm like Stone Cold Steve Austin, I put homophobes in coffins."</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bYOqO-zJzho?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Shame - <em>Songs of Praise </em>(Dead Oceans)</p> <p>The debut studio album by yet another British post-punk band Shame might have been released in January 2018, but it didn't find it's way to me until August. This London-based quintet has a killer guitar sound throughout and shares the same artistic aesthetics as Wire, The Fall, even Oasis on the fantastic ballad "Angie." For me, the best of the ten tracks is the Iggy Pop-like rocker "Gold Hole" (see video above). Nary a weak track, top to bottom. I picked it up on vinyl.</p> <p>Charles Lloyd &amp; The Marvels + Lucinda Williams <em>Vanished Gardens</em> (Blue Note/UMG)</p> <p>I saw them live at Jazz at Lincoln Center just last week. Charles Lloyd was revelatory, even at the young age of 80! And Lucinda held her own with these masters of jazz, even inspiring them. Their take on Dylan's "Masters of War" needs to be required listening.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0pv7rN-_IWU?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Natalie Prass - <em>The Future &amp; The Past</em> (ATO)</p> <p>Funky white girl lets some funky 1970s pop seep into the proceedings as well as a little help from her friend -- singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, and founder of Spacebomb Records Mr. Matthew E. White -- and results are smooth as silk. 12 undeniable songs, perfect for any road trip, holiday or otherwise.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eZXS8Jpkiac?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Parquet Courts - <em>Wide Awake!</em> (Rough Trade)</p> <p>NYC's punk/alt/indie quartet made one of the best album's of 2018. Think Talking Heads meets The Clash and that's only a small influence-peddling comparison as the funky James Brown video above will prove. Released in May, the video above is from their sixth album and -- IMHO -- their most diverse, musically speaking, and best.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zjs-ktomv4E?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>David Bowie - <em>New Let Me Down (2018)</em> (UMG)</p> <p>This version of Bowie's critically-spurred 17th album from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie" title="David Bowie">David Bowie</a> <em>Loving The Alien</em> (1983-1988) box set was originally released in April 1987 takes his original vocals, strips away the insipid '80's production value and adds "a brand new production" with new instrumentation overseen by producer/engineer <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_J._McNulty" title="Mario J. McNulty">Mario J. McNulty</a>. Bowie himself was never pleased with the "studio sessions" vibe of the album and started Tin Machine band with guitarist Reeves Grabel soon after.  This "reinvented" version is extraordinary as it includes elements of the original tracks along with new recorded tracks by some of the artists who worked with Bowie during his lifetime. A stand-alone new vinyl version will be released in February 2019. </p> <p>For more of my favorite music from 2018, check out my <a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/puffdusty/playlist/5Ku1x0C0nevIwS5nejTZwy?si=5dIVE0dxSbKOlBQMbc5Zqw" target="_blank">Spotify</a> playlist. It's much more extensive.</p> <p>What was on your radar for 2018?</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3801&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="ww0MDHBCEfCZuRyBJ7lIyMVAwTqeX8ZjKy7CVkmEGgc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 29 Dec 2018 05:02:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 3801 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3801#comments Dusty Wright - "Mellow Yellow" http://culturecatch.com/node/3756 <span>Dusty Wright - &quot;Mellow Yellow&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>August 24, 2018 - 21:08</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/269" hreflang="en">Mellow Yellow</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/268" hreflang="en">Donovan</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">music video</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pS1cKbnN-3Q?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Donovan-approved cover of his 1966 hit "Mellow Yellow." Produced by Dusty Wright for PetRock. Co-directed by Dusty Wright &amp; Matt Dehoff. Edited by Matt Dehoff. Smiley Grin by Ron English. Anxious Man T-shirt by Rashid Johnson. Custom Hat by Bunn.</p> <p>Available on iTunes: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fca%2Fartist%2Fdusty-wright%2F75369250&amp;redir_token=sLszrnJXmCIgiyAc3bCGLSvmg-98MTUzNTI0NTgzNEAxNTM1MTU5NDM0&amp;event=video_description&amp;v=pS1cKbnN-3Q" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/du...</a></p> <p>Dusty Wright - vocal/acoustic guitars/percussion, Donovan - background vocals, Brandon Wilde - bass/harmony vocals, Howie Halpern - snare.</p> <p>Available on: Spotify: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fopen.spotify.com%2Fartist%2F3olwByDOWyjPEdkFEoQF2r&amp;redir_token=sLszrnJXmCIgiyAc3bCGLSvmg-98MTUzNTI0NTgzNEAxNTM1MTU5NDM0&amp;event=video_description&amp;v=pS1cKbnN-3Q" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">https://open.spotify.com/artist/3olwB...</a></p> <p>Amazon: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDusty-Wright%2Fe%2FB000APAJ92&amp;redir_token=sLszrnJXmCIgiyAc3bCGLSvmg-98MTUzNTI0NTgzNEAxNTM1MTU5NDM0&amp;event=video_description&amp;v=pS1cKbnN-3Q" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">https://www.amazon.com/Dusty-Wright/e...</a></p> <p>Google Play: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fplay.google.com%2Fstore%2Fmusic%2Fartist%2FDusty_Wright%3Fid%3DAl2kgju24jpyjym5kcyo7rbwq74&amp;redir_token=sLszrnJXmCIgiyAc3bCGLSvmg-98MTUzNTI0NTgzNEAxNTM1MTU5NDM0&amp;event=video_description&amp;v=pS1cKbnN-3Q" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">https://play.google.com/store/music/a...</a></p> <p>BandCamp: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=https%3A%2F%2Fdustywright.bandcamp.com&amp;redir_token=sLszrnJXmCIgiyAc3bCGLSvmg-98MTUzNTI0NTgzNEAxNTM1MTU5NDM0&amp;event=video_description&amp;v=pS1cKbnN-3Q" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">https://dustywright.bandcamp.com</a></p> <p>Song produced by Dusty Wright, mixed by Brandon Wilde, and mastered by Aria Analog Mastering. Recorded at Straus Park Studio, NYC. Mixed at Studio 76, Brooklyn. This arrangement by Dusty Wright with Donovan's blessings. BMI. ©1966 Donovan P. Leitch/Sony Music Publishing.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3756&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="0Spf0RASGFDFG5o3m3h96NpCshj0YqpO_57da6SId80"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 25 Aug 2018 01:08:45 +0000 Dusty Wright 3756 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3756#comments Album of the Week: Green River http://culturecatch.com/node/3747 <span>Album of the Week: Green River</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>August 6, 2018 - 10:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/762" hreflang="en">roots rock</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L5V9nK7-OkM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Credence Clearwater Revival - <em>Green River</em> (Fantasy)</p> <p>I love retro when it's done with style and reverential respect to the past, but what was John Fogerty ingesting in the Bay Area when he unleashed Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968? CCR was all swampy, hooch-drinkin' roots-rock in a land infested by flower power and acid-jamming rock bands. <i>Green River</i> was ballsy, amp-cranked pop-rockabilly with snarling, hooky roots-rockin' guitar riffs shakin' the foundation of '60s pop radio. Fogerty's nasal vocals and simple yet thought-provoking lyrics made it seem so effortless. Yes, this was music easily digested by both AM and FM radio programmers, and consumers as well, spawning two top ten hits. It was all Link Wray guitar snarl and Sun Records trem and reverb economy, but never before done with such a distinct rock and roll voice.<!--break--></p> <p>Early in '69 "Proud Mary" would pummel the airwaves and three months later John Fogerty's vision crystallized on his quartet's third release, <i>Green River</i> (Fantasy). Released a few months before Woodstock, it was a redneck rock alternative to the mushrooms and cheeba smoke of psychedelia. This was evergreen jukebox music one could imagine blasting effortlessly in some rock and roll honky tonk on the other side of the galaxy. The opening title track -- no. 2 on the pop charts -- immediately captivates with a ripping double-stop rockabilly riff and the opening line, "Well, take me back down where cool water flows, y'all/Let me remember the things I love..."</p> <p>Or the hellfire kick of "Commotion" bashing your noggin' while the harmonica chugs along with a relentless bass and drum track provided by Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. All the while Fogerty's solo Les Paul guitar lines stab you in the gut over and over again. When the song finally winds down a mere 2:42 later, you're left exhilarated and exhausted.</p> <p>John's brother Tom was no slouch on rhythm guitar either. CCR were one of the tightest rock outfits ever. They could hold down the 4/4 backbeat while John's guitar explored the grittier side of the roots-rock tradition with plenty of invigorating inventiveness.</p> <p>"Tombstone Shadow" works its funky R&amp;B stomp with a twin guitar lead into a snake dance before Fogerty leaves the second chorus far behind. "Every time I get some good news/ooohhh there's a shadow on my back!" And how 'bout the sinister fire-and-brimstone tale told in top ten hit "Bad Moon Rising?" This simple three chord, two-steppin' chugger sounds like some discarded hillbilly tune sung by some deranged evangelist reminding his faithful parishioners to either repent or be consumed by Hell's fury.</p> <p>And if travelin' got you blue, try gnawin' on "Lodi," the ultimate road song for any road weary van-traveling rocker or door-to-door Amway salesman itchin' for home. "Oh Lord, I'm stuck in Lo-die again," Fogerty wails.</p> <p>Rock and Hall of Famer Fogerty left a jukebox/pop radio legacy of music behind that few, if any, have rivaled. In three years, CCR released six albums worth of stellar music. But what still impresses me today, besides the music, is the economy of material. Only nine songs long and not a clunker in the lot, <i>Green River</i> remains a timeless power glide into the backwater country of Americana. Almost makes me wish I had my 8-tracks and my 4-door cherry red Maverick all over again. (Or listen to it on glorious vinyl!) </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3747&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="AMa3OfjMLSljcmUiJmqT0YTYqIBJ3tDRGqc48CQux-U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:57:28 +0000 Dusty Wright 3747 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3747#comments The Painter & The Bull http://culturecatch.com/node/3730 <span>The Painter &amp; The Bull</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>June 29, 2018 - 23:38</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/film" hreflang="en">Film Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/446" hreflang="en">film</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/120" hreflang="en">film review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f3HSYOMfAz0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><em>Woman Walks Ahead</em> (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirecTV_Cinema" title="DirecTV Cinema">DirecTV Cinema</a>) </p> <p>Producer Rick Solomon said it took him 17 years to get his movie made! Based on true events, this compelling movie tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed "feminist" artist from Brooklyn, New York who, in the 1880s, heads out to the Badlands to paint Lakota Sioux chief Sitting Bull, the Native American hero who defeated General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. More like a "bull" in the proverbial "china shop," she is up against it from the start. This is the America that was brutal to Native Americans and women alike, relegating them second class citizens; misguided machoism masquerading as paternal protector.</p> <p>The film was directed by Brit <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1264352/" target="_blank">Susanna White</a> and written by Steven Knight. And while Weldon becomes politicized by the plight of Sitting Bull and his Native brothers and sisters, I wonder if his original script trumped up the popcorn romance that is hinted between subject and painter. The real life story suggests that Weldon was not interested in becoming Sitting Bull's third wife. It was the one aspect about the film that felt unnecessary. But given the charisma of the two leads perhaps their on screen chemistry muddied those waters. </p> <p>The entire cast is wonderful but this movie truly belongs to Greyeyes. It's a knockout performance and certainly Academy-award nomination worthy. This veteran actor is a Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, and he is riveting throughout -- whether digging potatoes or posing for his portrait. And Oscar winner Sam Rockwell as Col. Silas Groves is both menacing and funny, he understands the real danger of both the "savages" and the savage bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. As we know, politics are never easy to negotiate, even in the movies.</p> <p>Additional kudos to cinematography Mike Eley's stunning camera, with widescreen vistas shot in North Dakota and New Mexico that resonate like Ansel Adams' frontier photographs.  I can think of worse ways to spend a hot summer night than sitting through this excellent adult movie. </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3730&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="MdxLzfOyJSVs9aSWlEpcV6QnmEB7GyLnYYGOELxyaa0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 30 Jun 2018 03:38:32 +0000 Dusty Wright 3730 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/node/3730#comments Class Distinction http://culturecatch.com/literary/the-dispossessed <span>Class Distinction</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>December 16, 2017 - 02:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/literary" hreflang="en">Literary Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/761" hreflang="en">science fiction</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="embedded-entity align-center"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-06/dispossessed.jpg?itok=Na_Xh5rT" width="430" height="648" alt="Thumbnail" title="dispossessed.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>The concept of ownership -- items, people, ideas -- is the heart of master storyteller Ursula Le Guinn’s 1975 masterwork <em>The Dispossessed</em>. Winner of the Nebula and Hugo awards, the highest lliterary awards for science fiction writers, this story transcends that genre’s boundaries. It is a story of a man Shevek, a physicist/anarchist, from the arid and socialistic planet Anarres who creates The Principle of Simultaneity -- instantaneous communication -- something that will revolutionize interstellar communication between all worlds. This is a tome about philosophical and ideological differences and how one views what is truly the best utopian society or how two neighboring planets occupied by anarchists and capitalists view/exploit Shevek's discovery.</p> <p>The book's narrative timeline is non-linear, so one may feel compelled to reread certain passages or chapters, but once you understand the author's intention and cadence the rewards of the narrative will unfurl in perfect order. In fact, I reread the opening chapter several times to unlock a deeper understanding of the protagonist's predicament. <!--break-->When Shevek travels to the sister planet of Urras hoping to share his discovery, away from the grips of jealous and fearful colleagues, he comes to understand that utopian ideas and political systems all must deal with "ego" for better or worse. Jealousy is also an issue when ego takes over. And power most always corrupts, even in the most benevolent societies. Moreover, enslavement can be both physical and spiritual, and material possessions can just as easily enslave a society as political despots. </p> <p>Buy and read this book and her other classic novels <em>The Lathe of Heaven</em> and <em>The Left Hand of Darkness</em>. You will be handsomely rewarded.</p> </div> <section> </section> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:09:59 +0000 Dusty Wright 3652 at http://culturecatch.com http://culturecatch.com/literary/the-dispossessed#comments