The Animated Tom Waits

Tom Waits For No One
Pioneering animated filmmaker Ralph Bakshi had already produced landmark films like Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and The Lord of the Rings when he approached John Lamb at Lyon Lamb Animation Systems about building a rotoscope set-up that worked with video instead of film. Rotoscoping involves drawing and painting…

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Mystery Train at 25

Mystery Train
It’s hard to believe, but Jim Jarmusch’s film Mystery Train debuted at Cannes 25 years ago in the spring of 1989. The first of the director’s anthology films, Mystery is also the first film Jarmusch shot in color. The film features three separate but interconnected stories about foreigners who find…

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Kill Bill Deconstructed

Kill Bill 8 Bit
While “deconstruction” is the buzz word we always hear associated with all things postmodern — art, architecture, food — it often carries with it intellectual and analytical implications that aren’t necessarily a part of the application of the process of “deconstructing.”…

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Carlin’s Collage-O-Ra...

George Carlin Collage
For today’s art lesson the History of Cool‘s YouTube channel has this super-rare look at the one and only piece of art made by the best comedian ever, George Carlin. One can imagine George in a beret in front of a half-finished canvas or shooting an experimental short film, presaging his own forays into…

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Surreal Estate

Magritte
This week, the Frist will open Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art — it’s an exhibition of paintings, photos and prints that examine the way 1920′s European Surrealists like Dalí and Magritte influenced the American artists of the 1930′s, 40′s and…

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Flowers for Andy

Warhol Flower
By 1964, Andy Warhol had already been recognized as a painter of Campbell’s Soup cans, money and Marilyn, but his auspicious entry into the art world only served to put more pressure on his first New York City gallery opening at Leo Castelli. The gallery had opened a new show of Warhol’s Death and…

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Celebrate Summer Soltice wi...

Summer Solstice
Here at Insomnia we’re anticipating a great summer celebration this Saturday, June 21st — no doubt many regular readers are planning revels of their own. With that in mind, check out this amazing 24 hour broadcast of live Indian ragas courtesy of WKCR in New York. The music started last night at midnight…

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Resistance is Tactile

Peter Lamborn Wilson
I’ve been tweeting and posting on social media lately about my ambivalent feelings regarding the World Cup: On one hand I think soccer is a beautiful sport and as an admirer of the Greek ideal I love athletics in their pure physicality. I’ve been looking forward to the World Cup for four years, but the…

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The Last Unicorn

Tyrannosaurus Rex
The 45th anniversary of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s third album, Unicorn, might not seem like an auspicious anniversary, but, for a number of reasons you better believe it is. Tyrannosaurus Rex was the acoustic duo of Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrin Took — who pulled his stage moniker from the Lord of the Rings trilogy…

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Jodorowsky 1.0

Jodo
Nashville, TN is experiencing a Alejandro Jodorowsky renaissance this month with the Belcourt Theatre’s screenings of some of the auteur’s most important works, leading up to the local premiere of his new film, Dance of Reality. My fellow local film writers and I all respect the master’s outlandish…

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