Comedian Amanda Seales presents her stand-up debut: I Be Knowin'. In this hour-long HBO special, Amanda shares from her memories of romance in high school up to what it means to be a 30-year-old black woman in America today.
('70s GERMAN ROCK MUSIC PLAYING) ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to enter the Carpet Remnant World of Stewart Lee! (AUDIENCE APPLAUDING) That was a bit heavy metal, rock and roll that. Can we have some funny music at the start of the second half? Yup. Thanks for coming. (LAUGHTER) [...]
Stewart Lee’s meta comedy is of a self-aware Metropolitan Liberal Elite in which he talks about, amongst other things, the thin line between Brexit and Trump, S&M (unrelated), people under forty, Deacon Blue’s mix of soulful singer-songwriter sensibilities, an accurate impersonation of Russell Howard, and Burnham-On-Crouch, all against a backdrop of Casper David Friedrich’s 1818 German masterpiece Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog.
When I discovered that Pretty Poison had opened without advance publicity or screenings, I rushed to see it, because a movie that makes the movie companies so nervous they’re afraid to show it to the critics stands an awfully good chance of being an interesting movie. Mediocrity and stupidity certainly don’t scare them; talent does.
Only the title of Jean-Luc Godard’s new film is casual and innocent; Weekend is the most powerful mystical movie since The Seventh Seal and Fires on the Plain and passages of Kurosawa. We are hardly aware of the magnitude of the author-director’s conception until after we are caught up in the comedy of horror, which keeps going further and becoming more nearly inescapable, like Journey to the End of the Night.
Richard Church, himself a novelist and poet who had fought in World War I, believed that Erich Maria Remarque’s remarkable little novel allowed the reader to truly understand the horrifying and brutalizing experience of those who fought in the Great War
Sir Herbert Read was a British art historian, poet, and critic. His book of poetry, Naked Warriors (1919), reflected his own experiences in World War I. In the following viewpoint, written as a review of a half-dozen war books, he discusses why, ten years after the end of the war, people had so much interest in war literature.
“Don’t settle believing, strive for knowledge”
– Carl Sagan