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Werner Herzog’s No-Nonsense Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers and Creative Entrepreneurs

Psychologists have long championed the idea that the ability to remember and integrate experiences is a central component of creative work. In <b>Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the same wide-ranging beast of an interview that gave us the legendary filmmaker’s thoughts on …

The Book of Miracles: Rare Medieval Illustrations of Magical Thinking

In 1552, a curious and lavishly illustrated manuscript titled <i>Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs</i> appeared in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire, located in present-day Germany. It exorcised, in remarkable detail and wildly imaginative artwork, Medieval …

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Sex on screen: No longer taboo?

Blue Is the Warmest Colour and Nymphomaniac have attracted attention for their graphic sexual content. But what does the explicit trend mean for films? Nicholas Barber reports.<p>The most talked-about eight minutes in cinema last year were in the French film, Blue is the Warmest Colour. The movie’s …

Nymphomaniac: 'Contains sex in abundance, but is often rigorously unsexy' - video review

Xan Brooks stumbles out of Lars von Trier's four-hour explicit sex drama feeling bruised, haunted and ready to see it all again. Nymphomaniac, which has its premiere in Copenhagen on Christmas day, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin as Joe, a woman recounting her struggle with sex …

Palm Springs festival a showcase for Latin films

When Hebe Tabachnik explains the growing number of Latin movies in the Palm Springs International Film Festival, she reaches for a familiar Spanish proverb that translates, "Water seeps slowly through the stones."<p>Over time, that steady drip-drip has yielded a gusher of ambitious Latin films, …

WATCH: All Of Wes Anderson’s Slow-Motion Shots In One Beautiful Video

Slow-motion shots are kind of like montages set to music (or slow-motion montages set to music) – they’re almost cheating. The kinds of things you ban from filmmaking class because they make anything look good. Few filmmakers get as much mileage out of slow-motion cheating than Wes Anderson. Here, …

Interstellar Safety Council Releases Video Showing the Danger of Humans

Martin Scorsese Writes Open Letter Discussing the Future of Cinema – /Film

Depending on who you talk to in Hollywood, the future of the film industry is in question. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas said last year they …

Sundance Preview: 'Drunktown's Finest' Impressed Robert Redford Enough to Executive Produce

Sydney Freeland jumped from Sundance's Native Lab to the director's chair for a drama about a New Mexico town battling alcoholism.<p><i>The Sundance Film</i> …

Sundance’s New Show Starring Khal Drogo Looks Pretty Great

One of the more promising-looking shows that’s set to premiere in 2014 is <i>The Red Road</i>, for three reasons:<p>1. It’s on Sundance. Considering the year they just had (<i>Rectify</i>, <i>Top of the Lake</i>, and <i>The Returned</i>, three of the best shows of 2013), Sundance has reached the FX level where I’ll watch anything …

The Seducer’s Cookbook: A Vintage Guide to the Lost Art of Seduction

As a lover of unusual cookbooks and inventive recipes — from <i>The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook</i> to <i>Modern Art Desserts</i> to the <i>Alice B. Toklas Cookbook</i> to Patti Smith’s lettuce soup for starving artists — I was delighted to come upon <b>The Seducer’s Cookbook</b> (<i>public library</i>). This amusing 1962 gem by …

Amazing Ballpoint Pen and Gold Leaf Drawings by Rebecca Yanovskaya

Toronto-based artist Rebecca Yanovskaya recently completed the second piece in her <i>Winged</i> series of ballpoint pen and gold leaf drawings on Moleskine. Called <i>Descent of Man</i>, the bowing angel took the artist about two weeks to fully create. It's the sequel to the first piece shown below called <i>Ascent</i> …

Inspired Street Murals Skillfully Crafted From Masking Tape

When you think of the term 'street art', you might be thinking giant walls of spray paint and vivid colour. That was once common place for Melbourne …

Aesthetic Consumerism and the Violence of Photography: What Susan Sontag Teaches Us about Visual Culture and the Social Web

Ever since its invention in 1839, the photographic image and its steady evolution have shaped our experience of reality — from chronicling our changing world and recording its diversity to helping us understand the science of emotion to anchored us to consumer culture. But despite the meteoric rise …

Natural Histories: 500 Years of Rare Scientific Illustrations from the American Museum of Natural History Archives

<b>Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library</b> (<i>public library</i>) brings together an extraordinary collection of works from the Rare Book Room and Rare Book Collections of the American Museum of Natural History’s Research Library, spanning …

Fail Safe: Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and the Creative Life

The seasonal trope of the commencement address is upon us as wisdom on life is being dispensed from graduation podiums around the world. After Greil Marcus’s meditation on the essence of art and Neil Gaiman’s counsel on the creative life, here comes a heartening speech by artist, strategist, and …

David Lynch on Using Meditation as an Anchor of Creative Integrity

<i>“Mindfulness meditation is essentially cognitive fitness with a humanist face,”</i> it’s been said. And what more essential cognitive fitness than that required to stay sane in a world that constantly demands more and more?<p>In 2005, the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, held the …

Alain de Botton on How to Think More About Sex

<i>“When we hook up with another, in sex or love (or, more rarely, both) we prove that our isolation is not permanent,”</i> Dorion Sagan — son of Carl — wrote in his fascinating history of sex. And yet that very quest to end our isolation has been subject to centuries of stigma and incessant friction with …

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality

I was recently on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss my favorite science books of the year and a listener called in, asking for a recommendation for a good book on science and religion — an excellent question, given the long history of this polarization, which occupied great minds from Galileo to …

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Get Your 'Paranormal Activity' Fix with Spin-Off Flick!

YIKES!<p>If you’re like me, then you probably noticed something missing this past Halloween – namely, a new <i>Paranormal Activity</i> movie. For the past 4 …

The Medium is the Massage: Shepard Fairey + Marshall McLuhan

I have a longstanding obsession with iconic media theorist Marshall McLuhan, and I love equally iconic graffiti artist Shepard Fairy, so I was instantly in love with <b>The Medium is the Massage</b> — a phenomenal little book by McLuhan and designer Quentin Fiore, synthesizing McLuhan’s meatiest ideas in a …