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Beat the Devil (1953) Directed by John Huston Like in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Humphrey Bogart is a globe-trotting fortune hunter out to plunder the developing world like a Conrad antihero who grew up playing stickball—here, he and dreamy-divine wife Gina Lollobrigida are en route to a shady uranium fortune somewhere in Africa. Like in The Maltese Falcon, he’s racing for his MacGuffin in unfriendly competition with a seedy gallery of expatriate character actors...
Arcade Fire have been teasing new music for a good while now, and drummer Jeremy Gara even recently revealed that the iconic band have finished recording their next LP. This afternoon, the band followed through on those teases, releasing a new song, "I Give You Power" featuring recent Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples. I've already listened to this thing about five times already, and it sounds like there are all kinds of crazy vibes and...
¡Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords (1996) Directed by Iris Morales This informative and vital 50-minute-long documentary (which originally premiered on PBS) focuses on the Young Lords, a US-based group of Puerto Rican social activists that formed in 1968 with a Black Panthers-inspired eye towards uplifting oppressed people. The film combines archival footage with firsthand testimony from former Young Lords (including the filmmaker) to recall the group’s history, from its beginnings engaged in organizing free...
When I texted a friend last week about the passing of Leonard Cohen he responded with perfect succinctness: “Poetic timing, Leonard.” I’ll return to the “timing” aspect of that remark at the end of this piece; for now I want to focus on the “poetic.” Because that was Cohen’s defining characteristic: with a singular poetry the Canadian musician fashioned a deep and at times disturbing portrait of the universe in which the wild extremes of...