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Kind Of Romantic: Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” Photos

If you are a fan of the novel Wuthering Heights, then you’ve imagined the Gothic landscape upon which Catherine and Heathcliff’s tortured relationship played out. You can see if your imagination syncs with reality in Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” photo exhibit, on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this fall. The snaps were taken in 2008 within a 4-mile radius of the Yorkshire moors that inspired Emily Bronte’s fictitious masterpiece (and near Taylor-Wood’s country home); the dark skies, turbulent clouds, and windswept grasses do echo the drama of that famous story, no? The timing of this photo exhibit is perfect, not just because Halloween is around the corner, but because Sam Taylor-Wood is most certainly having a moment this fall. Keep reading »

Trailer Park: “Life As We Know It,” “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story,” “Nowhere Boy,” “Secretariat”

I haven’t been everywhere, but I think it’s safe to say after all the bizarre weather patterns last week that it is finally fall now! It’s also that wonderful month when drug stores turn into creepy candy cornucopias and the movie theater is flooded with horror movies. This week, there’s actually a bunch of exciting movies coming out! In honor of what would be John Lennon‘s 70th birthday, his biopic, “Nowhere Boy,” is in theaters. There is also the “talk to your friends about the fact that you made them godparents” fable, “Life as We Know It.” We find love in a psych ward in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” And then there’s a prison movie (“Stone”), a horse movie (“Secretariat”), and two horror movies (“I Spit on Your Grave” and “My Soul to Take”). Now go to the movies! Bring some candy corn. God knows there isn’t enough corn in your diet. Brought to you by the American Corn Growers Association. Not really though. Keep reading »

The Best Film No One Knows About Yet


I spent my Christmas vacation in Dublin. After too much Guinness and too many hurricane-like rainstorms, my friends and I decided to duck into the Irish Film Institute to get warm and dry. It turned out to be a fantastic decision. Right as we slogged in, the film “Nowhere Boy” was about to begin. We grabbed some hot chocolate (they actually served real hot chocolate at the theater!) and took our seats. I knew nothing whatsoever about the film—I had never even heard about it before that moment. As it turned out, “Nowhere Boy”—which has not been released yet in the States—is the first film by avant-garde artist Sam Taylor-Wood. It’s a historical account of John Lennon’s late teenage years in Merseyside. Sure, I consider myself a Beatles fan. But about two seconds into the film, I became a huge fan of someone else—Aaron Johnson, the 19-year-old actor who plays John Lennon in the film. I’m not usually the type to get pervy crushes on young boys, but his hotness was off the Richter. I just couldn’t help myself. I think I actually drooled. Where the hell has he been hiding out? Keep reading »

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