Monday 24th July 2017,
Televisual

Film

Enough With The Old Guys-Young Girls

Enough With The Old Guys-Young Girls

Getting Tired of May-December Aymar Jean Christian Elegy is just of the most recent in a long line of boring old man/younger woman romances. Time to put this trend to bed. Every once in a while I discover a new movie pet peeve. I already have a few: gratuitous gore, gratuitous indie quirk, spoof movies, [...]

August 27, 2008 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2

Love, in 24 Hours

Love, in 24 Hours

Love, in 24 Hours Some of the best recent onscreen romances take place within a calendar day. Aymar Jean Christian From Medicine for Melancholy Love, in 24 Hours Recipe: 1 Boy, depressed, perhaps cynical 1 Girl, slightly neurotic 1 City, stunning, lyrical, preferably in black and white 2 Pairs of Shoes, for walking, cycling optional [...]

August 19, 2008 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

For those of you who know, I write a lot about mumblecore. Well, lucky for you, this was not a mumblecore movie. This was, instead, a movie about youth that had some shocking components: Character development! Humor! Wide-angle shots! It’s a pretty damn good movie. Only time will tell if it makes it into the [...]

August 16, 2008 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

In Defense of Woody Allen

In Defense of Woody Allen

Who hates Woody Allen? I forgive you if you screamed, “I do! I do!” After all, he married his stepdaughter. He casts beautiful young women as his lovers in films, despite having never been attractive—not in 1970, not now. He’s pessimistic. He hasn’t bought a new pair of eyeglasses in at least 40 years. His [...]

August 13, 2008 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 3

SAW, the Indie

SAW, the Indie

Am I the last to know that the Saw movies are indies? Note: There’s a reason this isn’t a “Watching” post. I’ve never seen a Saw, and I never will. I really can’t stand the vast majority of horror movies. From the brief plot summaries of Saw I’ve heard from friends, there is no way [...]

August 12, 2008 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Critical Reception of SATC

Critical Reception of SATC

I’m usually not surprised by critical reception of movies. Indeed, I knew Sex and the City would receive mixed to negative reviews. But what’s interesting about this is the gender differential. I thought — silly me! — that female critics, needing to prove how impervious they are to highly-gendered movies (i.e. how “serious” they are), [...]

June 1, 2008 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1

“Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism”

“Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism”

Today, a reading of a classic essay by art history titan Rosalind Krauss: “Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism.” Full of sharp insights still relevant to video art today, I found it especially relevant — though ultimately insufficient — for understanding the phenomenon of YouTube and mumblecore (a paper I’m working on). The central idea is simple: the [...]

May 22, 2008 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0