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    Killer’s Kiss

    In the second installment of KubrickCast, Bill and Renan consider Stanley Kubrick’s Killer’s Kiss (1955). Set in mid-century New York City, it’s the tale of a down-on-his-luck boxer, the fetching dancer who lives across the way, her tough guy boss, and a mannequin factory whose owner is about to file a big insurance claim. Plus: how it compares to Kubrick’s early documentary short, Day of the Fight; how New York has changed (and stayed the same); the fundamental enigma of Frank Silvera; and the now-forgotten feature film about the making of this film.

    Afternotes: So, we were right about the film being shot in old Penn Station, or at least partly right, since we weren’t entirely sure. And apparently wrong about Grand Central. Or, Bill was.

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  2. "Suggesting that the fate of a busload of Hollister models might compel people to watch — and to root for anyone other than the kidnappers – suggests a massive misread of audience sensibilities."
    — Andy Greenwald on NBC’s Crisis

  3. "Never trust anyone posing as a tour guide. Learning things is hard. Do the work. Never trust that part of you that wants a tour guide. All of us are tempted by the Cliff-Notes. Decline them. Sometimes you must wander through The Louvre. Never trust that part of you that thinks you found ‘the best black’ anything. Likely, you are speaking loudly of the little you know, and not intelligently of the everything that is. And you know so little of it. This world was made precisely so that you would know so little of it. And the minute you learn anything of it, you will understand why that part of you was ridiculous. Never try to look cool and learn something at the same time. You must have an awkward phase. All of us would like to skip that awkward phase. That is not how it works. Here is how it works: Get your ass in the water. Swim like me."
    —  Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. slaughterhouse90210:

    “Above all, in my anger, I was sad. Isn’t that always the way, that at the heart of the fire is a frozen kernel of sorrow that the fire is trying — valiantly, fruitlessly — to eradicate.”
    ― Claire Messud,
    The Woman Upstairs

  5. tinycinema:

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, 2014)


  6. "In Baltimore, somewhere between 20 and 40 percent of the population doesn’t have regular Internet access. The glib techno-utopians who not only foresee a paperless tomorrow, but also lobby for a paperless present, are ready to forget about these people. Alt weeklies might not always reach everyone in the city, but at least, like the dailies, they try to be available and relevant to everyone."
  7. slaughterhouse90210:

    “We liked wasting time, but almost nothing was more annoying than having our wasted time wasted on something not worth wasting it on.”
    ― Joshua Ferris, And Then We Came to the End

  8. slaughterhouse90210:

    “The city was a paradox, though maybe it had always been one. You could have an excellent life here, even as everything disintegrated.”
    —Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings

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