Briefly noted: Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything Is Illuminated) has a new short story, “Love Is Blind and Deaf,” in the Summer Fiction Issue of The New Yorker. And, by short, I mean short. His quirky Adam and Eve story runs 592 words.[...]
When the TV series The Simpsons first premiered on December 17, 1989, the Berlin Wall had just fallen, the internet wasn’t really a thing yet, and Taylor Swift was just four days old. While the show might not have the bite or the currency it had in the mid-90s, the series still manages to deliver some absolutely wonderful moments.[...]
Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises came out in 2013 to a great deal of acclaim and attention—as, I suppose, do all the movies his Studio Ghibli puts out, so painstakingly have they built up their reputation for medium-transcending depth, artistry, craftsmanship, and attention to detail.[...]
Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) might be over three hours long but you never feel bored. The action scenes never fail to thrill and the characters are so well developed that you genuinely grieve when they die. The epic is so brilliantly realized that it’s no surprise that filmmakers everywhere took note.[...]
Those who know the name Marcel Proust, if not his work itself, know it as that of the most solitary and introspective of writers—a name become an adjective, describing an almost painfully delicate variety of sensory reminiscence verging on tantric solipsism.[...]
It seems perfectly natural to us that animation is a medium dominated by cel-by-cel drawings, whether made with paint and brush or mouse and software. But it might have been otherwise. After all, some animated films and videos have been made in less conventional formats with less conventional materials.[...]
In 1986, Yoko Ono commissioned the Oscar-winning animator John Canemaker to bring to life the drawings and doodles of John Lennon (1940-1980), culminating in the release of a short film called The John Lennon Sketchbook. Almost 30 years later, that film has now been officially released on YouTube.[...]
In the past, the good folks over at Blank on Blank have turned rarely-seen interviews with the likes of Ray Bradbury and John Coltrane into brilliant little animated shorts. This week, their latest installment is on Ayn Rand.[...]
Morning, friend! Ready to kick off your week with a Beckettian nightmare vision?
Samuel Beckett scholar Jenny Triggs was earning a masters in Visual Communications at the Edinburgh College of Art when she created the unsettling, cut out animation for his 1953 novel, The Unnamable, above.
Like illustrator Bill Mudron, I’m drawn to the backgrounds of director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated features. The shadowy landscapes and traditional wooden houses exert a tonic effect, even as giant many-eyed insects roam free and curses turn parents into pigs.[...]