Cremaster 5

Matthew Barney's third installment of the Cremaster Cycle (yes, #5 is the third) is basically an opera. Much like his excruciatingly long (but somehow still worthwhile) River of Fundament, there is no dialogue- only music. Ursula Andress "stars" (if that's the correct word) in this assembly of images: man on horse, underwater fairy women, man … Continue reading Cremaster 5

Swimming to Cambodia

If you know Spalding Gray, you know what this movie is, and what a crime it is for it to be unavailable in the digital world. If you don't know who he was, this is your chance to catch up on a true American original- the man who single-handedly took the art of talking to … Continue reading Swimming to Cambodia

Pee Wee’s Playhouse: The Christmas Special

What can be said about the greatest TV Christmas Special in history, other than it's criminally unavailable to stream? Like everything else in Paul Reubens' post-modern regurgitation of 1960's Americana and children's television, the Christmas Special simultaneously embraces and ridicules the world of celebrity-packed TV specials. It's hard to appreciate just how brilliant and forward-thinking … Continue reading Pee Wee’s Playhouse: The Christmas Special