Lucky, Directed by John Carroll Lynch By Pamela Zoslov When I saw the trailer for “Lucky,” the film featuring one of the last performances of Harry Dean Stanton, who died September 15 at age 91, I was struck by how frail he appeared, a skinny wraith lighting cigarette upon cigarette. (“I only eat so I […]Read more "An Elegy for Harry Dean Stanton"
By Pamela Zoslov Dan Clowes’ Wilson is the kind of character that has long excited the imaginations of novelists, indie filmmakers and cartoonists like Clowes: a misanthropic loser who nonetheless feels superior to everyone else, and who spouts his cynical existential philosophy everywhere he goes. The type appeared in examples as diverse as John Kennedy […]Read more "Wilson: Drawn That Way"
By Pamela Zoslov I was two years old when President Kennedy was shot. Even though I have no memory of it, the assassination occupies a large part of my consciousness. I first encountered the images — the smiling president’s motorcade, the defiant Lee Harvey Oswald, the grieving Jackie, little Caroline and and brave toddler John […]Read more "Jackie: Amazing Grace"
By Pamela Zoslov “Tell the judge I love my wife.” That was the plain request of Richard Loving, a white man, to the lawyer who was about to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967 for Loving’s right to be married to his wife Mildred, a black woman, in 1967. Loving’s simple words are […]Read more "Love Has No Color: Loving"
By Pamela Zoslov “I don’t wanna belong to the glam people, the hip-hop people, the TV people, the alternative people. I don’t wanna be a punk. I just wanna be.” That is as close to a manifesto as you will get from Iggy Pop, the incomparable frontman of the proto-punk band The Stooges. The plain-spoken, […]Read more "Gimme Danger: Raw Stooge Power"
By Pamela Zoslov Yo-Yo Ma, the celebrated cellist, does not like to travel, though his career has found him on the road for most of the last 35 years. “I used to throw up before every trip, I was so anxious, so paralyzed,” he says in the documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and […]Read more "Home Again: The Music of Strangers"
By Pamela Zoslov A great deal of fuss has surrounded the release of I Saw the Light, the new film biography of country-music legend Hank Williams, much of it coming from Williams’ family. After seeing a video of British actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays Williams in the movie, singing a Hank Williams song, Hank Williams […]Read more "I Saw the Light: Hankless Task"