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The return of blaming Hollywood for real world violence | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The return of blaming Hollywood for real world violence

This year’s usual Oscars reaction followed another, more old-school right-wing freakout over entertainment. When the Parkland high school massacre led to more of an anti-gun cultural groundswell than such tragedies typically have, those on the other side of the issue turned to a typical alternate scapegoat: Hollywood, and video games....
After Black Panther, is It right to steer promising young directors to huge franchise films? | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

After Black Panther, is it right to steer promising young directors to huge franchise films?

It’s very clear, from the artistic and financial success of Black Panther, that Ryan Coogler was the right director for Black Panther, and that Black Panther was the right film for him to make at this stage of his career. However, that’s not always the case when it comes to talented young directors who are brought into high-profile franchise filmmaking....
Where have all the rock critics gone? | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Where have all the rock critics gone?

Most of the big names like Greil Marcus, Robert Christgau, and Simon Frith are still around; somewhere in columns in established cultural magazines, books, and even academia. But it seems that their style of integrated cultural, musical and sociological analysis that at the same time deconstructs and reconstructs certain musical work is less and less visible. What has happened?...
We must cultivate our garden; how to support the artists you love | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

We must cultivate our garden; how to support the artists you love

Artists have always faced an uphill battle, but new obstacles are being thrown in their way. Emerging technologies have been both a gift and a curse. Over the past decade, artists have grappled with historic levels of economic uncertainty and discord and federal funding for the arts is under attack. In the end, if we’re going to ensure that the arts we love thrive, we’re going to have to do it ourselves....
The resurgence of vinyl and what it means for music | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The resurgence of vinyl and what it means for music

With Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify, I don’t think people will stop customizing their music experience. People will use their creativity to make their own albums that tell a story, and that’s great. However, with the resurgence of vinyl, I hope people take time to really listen, to the ups and downs, to the story that’s told....
The inspiring irony of The Disaster Artist | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The inspiring irony of The Disaster Artist

Tommy Wiseau may not have struck gold with The Room, and he certainly won't be remembered for his acting chops (the lack thereof, most likely), but The Disaster Artist affirms that his spirit and dedication have subconsciously produced a film far greater than anything he could have ever dreamed of....
Bill Burr, it's funny cause it's true | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Bill Burr, it’s funny cause it’s true

Stand-up comedy is without a doubt the best vocation for edgy individuals and borderline assholes who like to speak their witty minds. Which category Bill Burr falls into is for everyone to decide for themselves, but one thing is certain – hardly anyone takes as much advantage of this unprecedented freedom of speech as he does....
Maria Bamford Lady Dynamite

The surreal genius of Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite

Maria Bamford's critically acclaimed Netflix series, Lady Dynamite is easily one of the most forward-thinking comedy shows currently running. However, beyond the shows surreal aesthetic lies a message of perseverance that's good medicine for anyone who's ever had the odds stacked against them. ...
Why the return of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' was a big letdown | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Why the return of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ was a big letdown

When Larry David announced in the summer of 2016 that Curb Your Enthusiasm would return for its first season on HBO since 2011, it was cause for rejoicing for fans of the groundbreaking comedy. But for a number of reasons the new season felt like a sitcom in its final throes and past its prime, like the subpar later years of How I Met Your Mother or The League....
How sad music makes the bitter feel sweet | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

How sad music makes the bitter feel sweet

There are times when art makes us experience emotions and ideas that we might not have even experienced in real life. At other times, it becomes a dreamcatcher, bringing to the surface the subtle thoughts from the depths of our minds and the nuanced feelings from the bottom of our hearts, and capturing them for us to understand. There is hardly any other art form where this beautiful power is as palpable as it is in music, and more specifically - sad music....
The Justice League has arrived but Thor still reigns supreme | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The Justice League has arrived but Thor still reigns supreme

The Justice League is here (and believe me, I am here for Wonder Woman) but Thor is the true ruler of the box office. If you're trying to decide between Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok this holiday weekend, and you want the most bang for your buck, the latter will leave you feeling just dandy about spending ten bucks of your hard-earned cash and chuckling all the way home....

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