So many of the highlights and lowlights of the year in singles were, for better or worse, attuned to what feels like a worldwide drift toward maintaining one’s own financial and psychological (same diff) bottom line at the expense of anyone else’s. Beyoncé, of all performers, was far from immune, though her particular brand of exceptionalism continues to dress itself up in the finery of collective consciousness raising. Far more common were the unfussy, ruthlessly entertaining likes of Fifth Harmony speaking on behalf of Melania Trumps everywhere. Or Kanye West’s epic clapback against Taylor Swift, which in turn presaged his detour into the mental hospital, which we’ve now seen firsthand more or less counts as the first step in a presidential bid in 2020.
Danny Brown (#1–10 of 4)
Facebook and other banned sites to be open in China free trade zone.
The 50 most fabulous (and famous) cat ladies of all time.
Darren Hughes interviews Catherine Breillat.
Pitchfork profiles Danny Brown.
Read an excerpt from James Greenberg’s Roman Polanski: A Retrospective.
- abdellatif kechiche
- Alex Gansa
- between the bars
- blue is the warmest color
- breaking bad
- Catherine Breillat
- Danny Brown
- darren hughes
- elliott smith
- james greenberg
- Roman Polanski: A Retrospective
- Toronto International Film Festival
Tiananmen Square, then and now.
Community leads Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominees.
Anna Tatarska interviews Todd Solondz.
Madonna angers Marine Le Pen.
David Bordwell has eyes for Bette Davis.
The Amazon effect.