Friday 24th November 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 Comments Off on Love, in 24 Hours

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 Comments Off on In Search of a Midnight Kiss

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 Comments Off on SAW, the Indie

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 Comments Off on “Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism”