Not long after Grant and Reeves met at a dinner party in 2009, they began collaborating on their first book, for which the 45-year-old Grant — who makes text-based paintings about linguistic connections — created washed-ink drawings inspired by a winkingly morose poem that Reeves, 53, had written. The result, “Ode to Happiness,” released by the renowned German publisher Steidl, was an archly sullen self-care guide in the Sendakian mode, with a regimen that included “I hate myself face cream” and “alone again silk pajamas.” A few years later, they reunited with Steidl for “Shadows,” which paired Grant’s chromatic images of Reeves’s own silhouette with his gnomic meditation on loss, impermanence and acceptance. (It’s lighter than it sounds.) … [Read more...] about Keanu Reeves Is Doing a New Thing: Publishing Books
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Conrad Anker, Rachel Pohl. Oscar-winner Robert Redford narrates this guided tour of some of America’s most majestic, breath-taking natural sites – Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Devils Tower, Glacier National Park and more – as rock climbers and hikers explore the great outdoors. Prepare to be bitten by the travel bug. Featuring music by Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley and American Authors. (B+) … [Read more...] about @ The Movies With Mark Hinson
Before you buy a ticket to see “John Wick: Chapter 2 ,” the improbably fun sequel to the implausibly good “John Wick,” you might want to ask yourself how much tolerance you have for gun shots to the head, because there are a lot of those in “John Wick: Chapter 2.” More than you might think possible in a single movie. Is it gratuitous? Yes. Do all those people deserve to die? Probably not. But for our bearded boogeyman, who one character calls a priest and the devil in a single sentence, a shot to the head and one to the chest gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Why make things overly complicated? … [Read more...] about ‘John Wick 2’ an extravagantly violent good time
ALL HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES have a real-life counterpart to their on-screen persona. It’s part of the mythmaking and artifice of movie stars. And we enjoy glimpsing the spoils of their success — the Malibu palaces, the glittering company they keep — as much as we relish discovering that the distance dividing us from them is not so great. If, at one moment, they are captured in high-definition for the screen, then they are also delivered to us by harried paparazzi shots, red-carpet pictures and social media. Mortensen’s life, as much as it is publicly shared, is something of an outlier to the cliché. He is thoroughly uninterested in playing the game of status and vanity. Or, as Mortensen said in an interview with a small Idaho newspaper last year: “What people might generally regard as typical ‘Hollywood’ behavior (seeking maximum attention and hobnobbing with movie people at all times), I am not really drawn to that.” That he … [Read more...] about Viggo Mortensen, the Unlikely Leading Man
In the critic Wesley Yang’s 2011 essay “Paper Tigers,” about the stereotypes surrounding Asian-American overachievers, he consistently returns to the face, his own or that of his subjects: “Sometimes I’ll glimpse my reflection in a window and feel astonished by what I see. Jet-black hair. Slanted eyes. A pancake-flat surface of yellow-and-green-toned skin. An expression that is nearly reptilian in its impassivity.” He speaks with a young man named Jefferson Mao, who aspires to be a writer but recalls his experience at Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School as being part “of a mob of ‘nameless, faceless Asian kids who were like a part of the décor of the place.’ ” Yang continues: “Here is what I sometimes suspect my face signifies to other Americans: an invisible person, barely distinguishable from a mass of faces that resemble it. A conspicuous person standing apart from the crowd and yet devoid of any … [Read more...] about Why Do Asian-Americans Remain Largely Unseen in Film and Television?
The bay froze over last Wednesday and at this writing a number of persons have crossed to the other side on the ice. There has been no wind, so the surface of the bay is like a vast mirror, an incident not slow to be taken advantage of by the boys who are slipping, sliding and skating over the glassy surface. … [Read more...] about Traveling Back: Load of Christmas trees abandoned when boat becomes waterlogged