Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Latest News from the Cosmos’ and ‘Black Work’

‘LATEST NEWS FROM THE COSMOS’ (OVIDTV) French poet Babouillec isn’t well known outside her home country — I don’t see that her works have ever been translated into English — but the mysterious quality of her writing is revealed in this fascinating documentary film as an integral part of who she is. Babouillec is actually a woman in her [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘A Very Secret Service’ and ‘Now He’s Out in Public’

‘A VERY SECRET SERVICE’ (NETFLIX) The words “spy comedy” evoke something very specific, but this French period comedy delivers something deliciously outside of those restrictions. Taking place in the early 1960s and featuring an attention to period detail that rivals “Mad Men,” “A Very Secret Service” follows the experience of Andre Merlaux (Hugo Becker) as [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Transferts’ and ‘Vox Lux’

TRANSFERTS (NETFLIX) There are two behaviors in science fiction that humans will never disappoint with. One is that if there is an advance in technology that extends life or youth in any way whatsoever, it will only be available to rich people. Another is that if humans have any reason to hate and persecute the [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Un Village Francais’

‘A FRENCH VILLAGE’ (MHZ CHOICE) Following the lives of the citizens of Villefranche during its occupation by Nazis during World War II, and examining the moral conundrums the citizens face and which will affect the rest of their lives, “Un Village Francais” is one television show I have no problem proclaiming as one of my [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Black Spot’ and ‘Kaleidoscope’

‘BLACK SPOT’ (AMAZON) The isolated village of Villefranche, which sets somewhere on the edge of a foreboding forest with a personality of its own, is the setting for “Black Spot,” or “Zone Blanche” as the series is known in its native country of France. The title supposedly refers to the spotty cellular coverage that supposedly [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Faces Places’ and ‘Sacro GRA’

‘Faces Places’ (Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube) This gentle documentary brings together 89-year-old New Wave film director Agnes Varda and 33-year-old street artist JR for a journey through France for a collaboration that captures what they see and who they meet, and what they decide to affix to walls in commemoration. Varda, who [...]

Musical Thingarium 11.09.17

Indie pop from France and more music from Bulgaria 1979, Iran, Pakistan, and more 1Garbage Man by William Shatner 2Radio Girl by Pi Ja Ma 3All in All by Superjava 4A Thousand Suns by Talisco 5David Palmer by Lescop 6Dream by Husbands 7Can We Fix It by Juveniles 8Tell Me The Truth by Tample 9Pig Sty by Kid Bombardos 10This City by Part-Time Friends 11Dear I Love You by M. Ashraf/Nahid Akhtar 12Catch Me if You Can by Abdul [...]

Musical Thingarium 08.10.17

All Vinyl show 1 These Boots Are Made For Walking by Balsara and His Singing Sitars 2 The Plumber by Murry Wilson 3 King of the Road/ 59th Street Bridge Song/ I Kissed Her on the Back Porch/ Satisfaction by George Burns 4 The Romantics of Sports Car Semantics by Paul O’Shea 5 There’s No [...]