Those offended by Bill Maher’s use of the n-word (-ga, not -ger) on HBO’s Real Time are missing his intention completely. Context matters. First, nothing in comedy is off-limits, as long as the punchline is effective. There’s Louis CK, who has publicly used the n-word (-ger) in many of his stand-up specials, along with making effective jokes about his […]Read More Bill Maher’s Slur was Intended to Mock Racism
Sec. 5 (b): “Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a […]Read More Trump’s Executive Order May Be Inherently Illegal, Unconstitutional
In Cutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling gives the underappreciated and now elderly boxing painter Ushio Shinohara his long overdue adulation. While the film has many shots of Ushio’s work, it was much more than a documentary about art; it is one that shows how a couple, who have been married the past four decades, […]Read More “Cutie and the Boxer”
The opening scene of Julian Schnabel’s 1996 Basquiat begins with a voice-over narration adapted from Rene Ricard’s essay “The Radiant Child”. Before this, intercut with the opening credits, the film opens with a young Basquit experiencing his first art gallery and being inspired by it, silently over a track of the Pogues’ classic “Fairytale in […]Read More “Basquiat”
In “Humans Unite, “Adilifu Nama discusses several examples of how race is portrayed in science fiction film. In many SF films of the 70s and 80s, may other minorities other than African Americans were seen as the “other.” In Rollerball, viewers see blacks and whites both working cohesively together while the “other” in this […]Read More The Racism We Never Noticed in Gremlins.
While the fine line between broadcast television and video art may appear vague at first glance, author Michael Rush establishes some important differences between the two. Broadcast television, for example, exists to convey information outside of aesthetics to its viewers, whether that be for sports, entertainment, or news. Because art lies in the intentionality of […]Read More Is the Beautification of Art Objective or Personal?
To me, cinema is a work of art displayed in motion. In film theory, students learn that cinema as art is a topic with which to be debated; but I feel cinema, as a moving image, is the very embodiment of art itself. If a still image created by an artist can be considered art, […]Read More The Importance of Aesthetics in Video Art