Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Finding Vivian Maier

The thing that strikes me most about this trailer is how insistent these people are at revealing the 'true' Vivian. When they talk, it's clear that her secrecy - about her work, her obsessions, her private life - bothers them. It itches. For many people, preference for anonymity is difficult to grasp. There is this idea that everyone, especially artists, especially talented ones, should strive for renown. That a genius might prefer to live in obscurity seems to work in direct opposition to the concept of 'genius'. Maier presents a challenge to that, and so the project of this movie - discovering her - takes on an aggressive, almost peeved tone. She owes us, the trailer seems to say. She owes us the truth about her. Which bothers me, because of course she doesn't.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

You Need a New Man

"Ladies, if your man's Ja Rule impression sounds too much like his Mystikal impression? Get a new man." Mottos for life via The Hairpin, natch.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

This Is Grand

...doors open on the right at Grand.

Lee Crooks is the voice of the CTA. Here you see him hard at work, perfecting his tone and pronunciation to make sure tourists, idiots and the blind don't miss their stops. As the website where I found this pointed out, "the look of disappointment on Crooks face the first time he says “Roosevelt Road” at 0:13 is the stuff of legends. Just so mad at himself."