Recent posts tagged aesthetics


2021


Canonical Criteria

Friends of mine and I were talking about the idea of a canon or pantheon of great movies, and how to select them. We had a fun debate about the criteria, and eventually I drew up a list.

O Taste And See

The hardest question: why, exactly, do I like or hate something?

2020


The New Needs Friends

The new needs friends, not evangelists or apologists.

2019


Guilty As Charged

Everyone who's ever put a word to paper has an excuse, or a justification if you want to be less nasty, for everything they do. Of course I'm guilty of this.

2017


Crazy Doesn't Help

On the use of "crazy" as an intensifier.

2015


The Smartest Guys In The Medium Dept.

"...the doctrine that the genius must be in advance of his time is almost wholly false and vicious..."

2014


Tout Comprendre C'est Tout Pardonner And All That Dept.

To understand doesn't mean we have to forgive. See: comic book movies, et al.

2013


Take No Shelter Here Dept.

On (not) taking refuge in one's art.

Ubik Witty Dept.

Once we've bonded through our mutual fandoms, then what?

Old But Not In The Way Dept.

Every movie, every book, is time in a bottle, if only you let yourself see it.

Perfect Forever Dept.

What makes a work great isn't an objective truth.

The Stanislavsky Solution Dept.

On loving the art in yourself, not yourself in the art -- and not letting your art do your living for you.

2012


Faster, Cinematographer! Kill! Kill! Dept.

When just enough is more.


See other aesthetics posts for 2012