Stewart Lee: Content Provider (2018) – Full Transcript

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.

2020-02-10T08:37:38+00:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: COMEDY|Tags: , |

Pretty Poison (1968) – Review by Pauline Kael

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.

2020-02-07T13:15:17+00:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

Weekend (1967) – Review by Pauline Kael

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.

2020-02-07T12:43:04+00:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

Why War Books Are Popular

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.

2020-02-07T09:03:41+00:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

Erich Maria Remarque: What All Quiet on the Western Front Means

When Remarque’s English publisher sent an advance copy of the novel to Sir Ian Hamilton, a British general, Hamilton wrote a letter to the publisher thanking him and telling him how true he felt the book was and how deeply it had touched him. The publisher forwarded the letter to Remarque, who responded with the letter below.

2020-02-06T10:12:38+00:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , , |