Criterion re-issues Fantastic Planet

June 21, 2016

Rene Laloux’s 1973 French animated La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) is now available from the Criterion Collection. (It was reissued years ago by Facets Video; ought to be easier to get now.) It’s a surreal, trippy cartoon retelling of the …

For Jack

June 19, 2016

There are things that I try to remember; things that elude me. They squirt through my mind like drops of mercury; they haunt the corners of my peripheral innervision, nagging yet reticent. I can remember the old houses, the sharp …

Pornagraphie alimentaire

June 18, 2016

blood,dirt & angels’ roving correspondents, Jack and Marcia Schnedler, rarely miss a meal on the road. Food and drink are among their prime travel pleasures, as witness these photos from their current trip to the French regions of Normandy and …

TVZ was my dad …

June 17, 2016

JT Van Zandt, a professional fly-fishing guide in central Texas and the eldest son of Townes Van Zandt, pays tribute to his dad in a short film.

On Not Hating the Dodgers: a pre-Fathers Day column

June 17, 2016

I’d forgotten I’d written this. It’s from 1994 and it’s in my 1997 book The Shortstop’s Son, which you can still order online. My father was a Dodger fan. My earliest memory involves a blue and white T-shirt emblazoned with …

Wes Parker in Paris

June 16, 2016

There’s a grey rain in the rue du Rivoli There’s a French girl with her head upon my chest I don’t guess you could spare any sympathy For the rich kid’s existential unrest. They say the sun sets in Los …

Morris From America trailer

June 14, 2016

MORRIS FROM AMERICA Written and Directed by Chad Hartigan Starring Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller and Introducing Markees Christmas A24 and DIRECTV are excited to share the official trailer and poster for MORRIS FROM AMERICA. A smash hit at this year’s …

And now, from France, something completely different

June 8, 2016

By JACK & MACIA SCHNEDLER for blood, dirt & angels    If you’re old and silly enough to remember the fish-slapping skit from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” you may appreciate the sight that greeted blood, dirt & angels globetrotters Jack …

Max Ferguson at Crystal Bridges

June 7, 2016

BY KAREN MARTINfor blood, dirt and angelsBENTONVILLE — Max Ferguson is a painter. The Long Island native is known for hyper-detailed depictions of vanishing scenes in and around New York City. One of his works, titled Time (2006, oil on panel), is part …

Celebrating D-Day, 72 years later

June 5, 2016

By Jack Schnedler blood, dirt & angels    Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach and four other designated landing areas. Only scattered nonagenarians remain alive among the tens of thousands of American, British …