Tag Archives: German

Cool as Cale

Back in May I wrote a bunch of posts about the 50th anniversary of the Velvet Underground’s debut album. Here’s another Velvety post, celebrating the great John Cale. Here’s the word from a recent Rolling Stone interview celebrating the anniversary… The way John Cale tells it, he had a revelation one day in the mid-Sixties. [...]

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Nashville Film Festival #3

Last night I hit the Nashville Film Festival for their 8 P.M. screening of the Frayed Shorts program. Every year the Frayed Shorts selections celebrate abbreviated gross-outs, small scares, small sized celebrations of sex, and tiny terrors. After a go for broke introduction by Jason Shawhan — is anyone better? — we were off and [...]

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Lost Lion

Philip Levine, poet and son of Detroit, died on Valentine’s Day. He was an accomplished man who’d lived a long life, but anytime we lose a voice like his the silence it leaves behind is a roaring one. Levine’s poetry reached back to William Carlos Williams’ confrontations with the blunt facts of reality, and the [...]

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Don’t Text Werner Herzog

The latest documentary by the great German filmmaker Werner Herzog doesn’t examine the life of some extraordinary outsider or recast found-footage into an idiosyncratic, philosophical narrative. What’s most surprising about this latest project is that it’s essentially a PSA, but, of course, one executed with the poetry and illumination we’ve come to expect from the [...]

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Supermodel. Rock Star. Junky. Nico. Icon.

Nico was a fashion model, an actress and a siger/songwriter who is best known for her time with The Velvet Underground and her contributions to their debut album The Velvet Underground and Nico. The Warhol Superstar is familiar to cinephiles for her gorgeous turns in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and Warhol’s Chelsea Girls. Christa Päffgen [...]

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