Design By Humans

FILM: Angel of Nanjing

Chen Si believes in a certain ‘live-no-matter-what-personal-horrors-one-encounters’ ethos. It’s a good dose of individual responsibility mixed with the Communist philosophy that to commit suicide is as much a personal tragedy as a move against the state. Not that one would expect anything less from the actual angel of Angel of Nanjing, as he More...

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By Ralph Greco On Friday, December 18th, 2015
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FILM: Hitchcock/Truffaut

Kent Jones’s documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut is based around an interview filmmaker Francois Truffaut conducted with Alfred Hitchcock (which turned into a famous book of the same name) back in 1962. Reaching out More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
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Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters: P.B.S. Documentary

It’ll be hard for me to find a female vocalist I like better then Karen Carpenter. And even though her life ended tragically, the music she created with her brother Richard in their band The Carpenters, has stood More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is a fantastic documentary, telling the story of the National Lampoon from its start in 1970 as a magazine, through that magazine’s stuttering then More...

By Tim Needles On Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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FILM: Jellyfish Eyes

I’ve been a fan of the artwork of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and his “superflat” pop-art inspired characters, so the potential to see them come alive in his new directorial debut Jellyfish Eyes was an More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
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FILM: Best of Enemies

Back in 1968, of the three major T.V. networks vying for prime time Nelson-rated viewership, ABC was third down the list. They needed ratings and bad. A plan to boost their standing came in the form of offering More...

By Julie Kocsis On Thursday, August 13th, 2015
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FILM: Mistress America

With such recent films as Frances Ha, While We’re Young, and now his latest, Mistress America, filmmaker Noah Baumbach really seems to have established himself as The Storyteller of post-9/11 New York City and More...

By Ralph Greco On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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FILM: Listen To Me Marlon

Marlon Brando eerily narrates the new bio documentary about…himself in the new Listen To Me Marlon. Culled from over 300 hours of private audio tapes Brando made in his lifetime, with neat computer-generated animation More...

By Ralph Greco On Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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FILM: A Poem Is A Naked Person

A Poem Is A Naked Person is Les Blank’s film that was cobbled together between 1972 and 1974 about the legendary Leon Russell. That film was tackled to final assemblage just last year with Russell’s ok, by Blank’s More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
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TV; Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Press Premier Episodes And Q&A @ Webster Hall, NYC 6/23/15

God knows there is plenty of original programming coming at us from network T.V., H.B.O & Showtime and other cable networks, as well as Netflix’s most popular offerings. Now, Denis Leary is throwing his hat into More...