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Kung Fu Master! (1988) Directed by Agnès Varda In 1986, Varda and the British actress and singer Jane Birkin (who has spent much of her life and career in France) began working together on the film Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988), an impressionistic portrait of a woman turning forty years old whose collage-like assemblage of scenes and skits was made from conversations between the two women. At one point during its realization, Birkin revealed...
Consider the turtleneck: Is there any other item of clothing which manages to reveal so much even as it appears to hold everything back? A woman in a turtleneck is the ultimate power move, allowing her to show off everything that can't really be seen, hiding while also in plain sight. It's a sartorial signifier of restraint, and yet there's an almost unspoken understanding that the whoever's wearing it could unleash just about anything whenever she...
Over the weekend, the New York Times asked the question, "Does Sharon Tate Hold a Clue to the 'Mad Men' Finale?" Simply put, the answer is "no, because she's dead."* So, case closed? Unfortunately, no, because Alex Williams of the Times did not think the question so easy to dismiss, and instead wrote a thousand-plus-word trend piece about a woman who was brutally murdered almost 45 years ago. Trend journalism, you guys. Is there anything...