Category Archives: Video

Time for My Fall Adventure, with a Minute of Pure Joy before I Go.

It’s that time of year again, and I’m off to see the Wizard. Postings will resume in the first week of December.

In the meantime, watch this toddler have what would be a high point of anyone’s life. Best viewed full screen.


Game of Thrones Season Eight — First Teaser

Winter Is Coming. In April.

Here’s the first teaser for the return of Game of Thrones. It’s a montage of some of the countless highpoints from the first seven seasons, with no hints of what’s to come in the final episodes.

The Favourite — Official Trailer, and a Teaser, and a Snarky Comparison

The Favourite tells the story of the tangled affinities of Great Britain’s Queen Anne, the Duchess of Marlborough, and the duchess’s cousin, Abigail Hill.

Think All About Eve, or the campy catfights from primetime ’80s soap operas like Dynasty*, but with real people and higher stakes.

As the long-time favourite of Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, wielded tremendous influence over the royal household and the queen’s political appointments. But eventually, the duchess became too domineering, too distant, and too demanding for the queen.

Waiting in the wings was Sarah’s impoverished cousin, Abigail. Sarah had secured a position for Abigail as Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Anne.

You can see where this is headed, can’t you? As Sarah’s relationship to the queen deteriorated, Abigail’s grew apace.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Olivia Colman took home the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Queen Anne. Rachel Weisz plays Sarah Churchill and Emma Stone plays Abigail Hill. The current Tomatometer rating is at 94%.

The Favourite is scheduled to be released in the US on 23 November 2018.

*How can anyone maintain that the last 15 years have been the Golden Age of Television when the 20th century produced masterpieces like Dynasty? You won’t find brilliant scenes like this on Killing Eve or The Good Place.

Dynasty’s Greatest Moment
(For Those Too Young to Remember a Time When Shoulderpads Ruled the Earth)

The creators of Dynasty claimed they were inspired by Robert Graves’s I, Claudius. Graves was alive but unwell when the series began its run. Dynasty is probably what finished him off.

In the 1980s, this is what passed for high-quality TV fare. All three actors in this scene were nominated for Best Actor or Best Actress Emmy awards for their performances in Dynasty. John Forsythe, in fact, was nominated three times. The show itself got 24 Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.

Boy Erased — Official Trailer, and a Song from the Film

Boy Erased is a film based on Garrard Conley’s memoir about growing up in a fundamentalist Arkansas family, and about the parents who shipped him off to “conversion therapy” in a futile attempt to change his sexual orientation. Lucas Hedges, at the start of what seems likely to be a brilliant career—At 20, he got an Academy Award nomination for Manchester by the Sea, and followed that with supporting roles in Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri—stars as Conley.

Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, never less than brilliant, play his parents.

Boy Erased opens on 4 November 2018

Here’s an audio-only song from the movie. It’s by Troye Sivan, who has a role in the film, and by Jónsi, from Sigur Rós. It’s called “Revelation”.

Burning Man at the Renwick (1)

The Renwick Gallery, the branch of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to American crafts and decorative arts, is currently presenting a knockout of an exhibition called “No Spectators: The Art Of Burning Man”.

Finally made my first visit a few weeks ago.


“Abandon All Inhibitions, Ye Who Enter Here.”

Admission to the Renwick is free. Tickets for this year’s Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, ranged from $190 to $1,200.

Burning Man Haute Couture

Last year, a group called Catharsis on the Mall asked for approval to install a 45-foot-tall sculpture of a nude woman on the National Mall, near the Washington Monument. For some reason, the National Park Service rejected the application.

What we did get was this artifact at the Renwick. She’s not 45-feet-tall, but she gradually changes colour.

The Dragonmobile

The Inevitability of VR

No contemporary art installation is complete without a sampling of Virtual Reality. The monitor at the top of the picture shows a flat-screen version of what the user is experiencing in VR.

We’ve been hearing that the big VR breakthrough is just around the corner since—Let’s see now, Neal Stephenson published Snow Crash in 1992, and 2018 minus 1992 equals 26—more than a quarter-century ago. Gotta say, Oculus Rift is looking really tempting these days.

Thom Yorke, Tilda Swinton, and the Sounds of Suspiria

Thom Yorke has released another song from his soundtrack for the remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 supernatural horror movie, Suspiria. The song is called “Has Ended”.

This new version of Suspiria was directed by Luca Guadagnino, best known for last year’s Call Me by Your Name, a movie I still haven’t seen. In the film, a young American woman joins a sinister and mysterious dance company in Berlin. Bad things happen. Very bad things.

The great Tilda Swinton once again proves she can play anything. This gorgeous image from Suspiria was enough to hook me.

And word is that Lutz Ebersdorf gives one of the breakout performances of 2018 as Dr. Josef Klemperer.

Here’s the trailer:

Suspiria opens in New York and Los Angeles on 26 October 2018 and expands nationwide on 2 November 2018.

This is the first Thom Yorke song from the movie: