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  • Kerouac opus 'On the Road' hits just enough beats ★★★

    Kerouac opus 'On the Road' hits just enough beats ★★★
    An eternal fountain of adolescence, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" went through many permutations between its point of origin, 1948, and its point of notorious, divisive publication, 1957. The best description of it came from Kerouac himself, in a journal entry written after his first cross-country road trip in 1948. The book he had in mind, he said, was about "two guys hitchhiking to California in search of something they don't really find, and losing themselves on the road, and coming all the way back hopeful of something else." There's a simple beauty to that. The question is: How do you film an extended yearning?
  • A few of Matt Porterfield's favorite things

    A few of Matt Porterfield's favorite things
    Matt Porterfield says we can credit Jean-Luc Godard's "Masculine-Feminine" (1966) for the interview structure of "Putty Hill." He also says that Martin Bell's hard-to-find "Streetwise," about Seattle street kids, exerted a huge influence on his two...

    The Death Set, from Baltimore to Brooklyn and back again

    The Death Set, from Baltimore to Brooklyn and back again
    The Death Set's upward rise in the last five years, as electric and spazzoid as its own music, was zapped two years ago when founding member Beau Velasco died of a drug overdose. But Johnny Siera, the group's other founder, still pressed ahead. In March,...

    Nagisa Oshima dies at 80; iconoclastic Japanese filmmaker

    Nagisa Oshima, an iconoclastic Japanese director and screenwriter best known in the West for the sexually explicit films “In the Realm of the Senses” and “Empire of Passion,” died Tuesday at a hospital near Tokyo, his production...

    John Cage's reach extended well beyond experimental music

    John Cage's reach extended well beyond experimental music
    John Cage's ideas have long inspired artists inside and outside the experimental music subculture. Besides new-music figures considered disciples or associates — Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman and David Tudor, for example — he...