Monthly Archives: June 2014

With a Koch and a smile: the softer side of big money

15.06.2014

One of the most striking discoveries from last month’s interview with Edward Snowden was how unremarkable he seemed. Blondish, pale, disarming—neither traitor nor hero—he turned out to be just an ordinary man with an extraordinary story to tell. The systems analyst that inspired a thousand conspiracy theories was reduced to the IT guy he actually…

Words and Pictures: a little daub will do you

08.06.2014

The power of art to provoke, transform and redeem is a story that never gets old. Occasionally, however, it can get a little creaky. “Words and Pictures” is a well-intentioned but clunky film about the eternal conflict between written and visual arts. Directed by Fred Schepisi, it pits the two disciplines–personnified by teachers Jack Marcus…

A moveable feast: Jon Favreau’s “Chef”

01.06.2014

If you are what you eat, then the characters in Jon Favreau’s “Chef” are truly the luckiest people in the world. Nominally, a workplace drama about a frustrated restauranter-turned-successful-food-truck operator, it is also a story of fathers and sons, devoted friends and the importance of holding fast to your creative vision even when less, um,…

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