Gromozeka is, in the words of my cohort, "very Russian." Gromozeka is, in the words of my other cohort, "odd." This odd, very Russian film is not for everyone. It's probably not even for 75% of film-going patrons. There's a plotline -- kind of -- but it's...

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche Written by Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix Starring Yahima Torres, Andre Jacobs and Olivier Gourmet Black Venus is a film centered around the life and death of South African woman Sarah Baartman. Nicknamed Hottentot Venus, Baartman was exhibited as a freakshow attraction in 19th century Europe and lived a life that was unbefitting for even the vilest of human creatures. Her "career" began in Britain, where she was a performer wearing tight garments which showed off her enlarged bosoms and buttocks to a relatively poor British audience. The performance soon enraged the British community, however, resulting in much controversy and the show's eventual export into to the homes of the French upper-class. What Black Venus grimly captures is not the glitz and glamour of "show business," but what happens when a naive young woman is misled by the promises of opportunity. The film explores the worst capabilities of human beings and their yearnings to manipulate and take control of others; it addresses multi-tiered issues of race, class, and opportunity and does so with faithfulness to realism, even when realism is uncomfortably atrocious.

The opening scene of How To Die In Oregon appears to capture the birthday celebration for an elderly member of a family. But one quickly realizes that this isn't the celebration of the continuation of life, but the celebration of a man's life -- as...

Second illustrated song of the Silver Jews very last set from their very last show. All text by David Berman....

How To Die In Oregon This film does not beat around the bush. Beginning with a terminally-ill cancer patient who dies on camera, How To Die In Oregon explores the sensitive issue of physician-assisted suicide. Directed by Peter D. Richardson - UNITED STATES SHOWTIMES Sun, Feb 20 @ 9:30am...

A lot of barbs were thrown at James Blake on the run-up to his debut LP. Music critic Simon Reynolds playfully referred to Blake and his fellow soulboy bass-heads (i.e. Mount Kimbie, Jamie Woon) as 'blubstep.' A poster on a music forum quipped, "There's...

The plants here come from a really great botanicals book that I got at Powell's last week. ...

The belated theme for this month is Odyssey and Oracle. I'm looking back as we plunge forward into the fog that is the new year. This comic is a story done two ways. The panels illustrate the story and the ribbon running through the comic...

Starting this Sunday, illustrator and comic book artist Rachel Hays will be contributing a weekly comic to REDEFINE's art blog. The name and theme of the game will change on a monthly basis, and we'll kick it off this month with . Here's a piece she...

Director: Robert Patton-Spruill Starring: Geoff Edgers Do It Again documents Boston music critic Geoff Edgers’ quest to reunite his favorite band of all time, the Kinks. But as anyone who knows the Kinks at all, this monumental task is akin to turning water into wine. Reuniting the...