Craig Ferguson on snark

January 23, 2014

Talking Inside Llewyn Davis with my Lifequest class

January 22, 2014

We were going to discuss the Best Picture Oscar nominees today. But this is how it went.

Nelson Carvajal’s latest video essay explores cinematic masks

January 22, 2014

Nelson Carvajal is a remarkable, Chicago-based digital filmmaker and video artist at Bridgework Pictures, Video Essayist for Press Play at indieWIRE ( and for Keyframe at Fandor Check out his Vimeo feed here and his blog here. I hope we …

The Beatles cover “Cathy’s Clown”

January 17, 2014

I’d thought I’d dream this. Thanks Internets?

Another vlogging test: “Coach Sandusky”

January 16, 2014

Now the video’s fine … still some issues. Like little dogs running in and out of their dog door.

This morning’s Lifequest Movie class

January 15, 2014

I might put up video next week. But this worked out pretty well. Here’s how class goes.

John Grant’s “Glacier”

January 15, 2014

John Grant’s video for “Glacier,” off his 2013 album Pale Green Ghosts. The song’s lyrics tackle the experience of suffering from struggles associated with homophobia (Grant is publicly out and HIV positive). The video juxtaposes these themes with footage from …

Tomorrow’s news today: Sam Blair predicts the Oscar nominations

January 15, 2014

Monkey note: He’s really good at this. By Sam Blair Armchair Critic Oscar nominations will be announced Thursday morning, Jan 16, 2014. My predictions in the main categories, listed in order of likelihood of being nominated. * = A lock; …

Levi Agee on the Ron Robinson Theater opening

January 14, 2014

By Levi Agee for blood, dirt & angels If I’ve been wearing something close to my vest in the past few months, it has been details about the opening of the Ron Robinson Theater downtown in the Arcade building. I’ve …

A test of my video blogging set-up

January 14, 2014

We are always struggling to improve. The song is Bruce Cockburn’s. Lovers in Danger full quality from Philip Martin on Vimeo.