The second season of Transparent takes a bold move: through a series of delirious flashbacks we’re introduced to the vibrant life of Maura’s now uncommunicative mother Rose when she was a young girl in 1930s Berlin. The flashbacks start off celebratory, but lead to dark revelations about the family’s traumatic past.
It’s hard to see a real person behind the sheen of the infomercial circus, and the glitter of a mountain of success can obscure the grit required to build it. However, a new David O. Russell film starring Jennifer Lawrence seeks to bring the humanity of Joy Mangano into full view. The movie is “loosely” based on Joy’s life, but is inspired enough by her to bear her name.
We all know what Black Friday is: in the U.S. it’s the madcap discount-driven shopping day after Thanksgiving that usually ends up with some kind of mayhem. Ask anyone these days what Black Friday means, and they’ll usually say it represents the day when retailers’ annual profit moves from red (a loss) to black (a gain,) due to this rush of maniacal shopping. The past few years an alternative theory about the origins of Black Friday suggested it’s linked to… Read more »
This October two separate books were published about Rosemary Kennedy’s obscured and interrupted life. While the rest of her eight siblings went on to lead successful lives, often in the public eye, Rosemary spent her life largely alone in an institution after receiving one of the first lobotomies performed in the United States.
The events of the new film Room, a screenplay Emma Donoghue adapted from her best-selling 2010 novel of the same name, have echos of the Cleveland kidnappings (which came to light after the book was published) and the Jaycee Dugard case, but the main story that loosely inspired this emotional film happened in Austria.
The word demon usually isn’t taken literally anymore, but even figuratively, wrestling with demons is a serious issue. We’re usually talking about intense personal struggles with mental health issues and addiction that are robbing us and our loved ones of our selves, our identities, our peace, and our happiness. Many, though, believe demons are literal spirits that can overtake our bodies, turning us, unwittingly into puppet-type monsters.
In the hazy days of the turn of the 20th-century medicine, Linda Hazzard didn’t need a medical degree to get a “fasting specialist” license. With it, she cashed in on the fasting health fad of the times by opening a sanitarium in Olalla, Washington.
X-rays have a ghostly quality – they’re white whispers on black, usually shouldering some hidden revelation about what’s going on inside. Artist David Maisel’s photographs of x-rays of ancient art in his “History’s Shadow” project delightfully plays with our senses, letting us see objects that have become the backdrop of our culture in an entirely new way. In order to stay fresh and interested in the marvels of our world, we have to keep pricking our dull senses, dusting off… Read more »
The baffling events of early 2013 in a fabled L.A. hotel are one of many inspirations for American Horror Story: Hotel, and an upcoming horror film called The Bringing. While the details of the case drove intense speculation about possible paranormal elements to a young woman’s death, the reality is more of lonely despair.
American Horror Story Hotel is pushing the limits of TV gore and sex while it’s music-video style storytelling delves into a trove of American fiction, legends, and true stories surrounding vampires, serial killers, and spooky hotels.