The Failure of Parker’s “Birth of a Nation”

Birth of a Nation had promise – a compelling narrative most of all – but fails. Instead of exploring the contorted depths of American history, Parker trains the camera on himself, too often in close-up, reacting to repetitive brutality. 15-birth-of-nation-w1200-h630Violent images dominate – people’s teeth getting hammered out, exposed brains – when  the story of a remarkable man, Nat Turner, could have been developed, asking who really spoke of this: As we pushed on to the house, I discovered some one run round the garden, and thinking it was some of the white family, I pursued them, but finding it was a servant girl belonging to the house, I returned to commence the work of death. item14The film does not elucidate nor does it have vision, as did Steve McQueen in 12 Years a Slave, but is solely a chronicle of violence, flat and tediously rendered, craft-less as anything of the Superhero genre.

New York Images: Calatrava to Bieber

A few New York images:

Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Transportation Hub

               Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Transportation Hub going up

Not Quite Eye-to-Eye

                                                           Not Quite Eye-to-Eye

$100 per three weeks ago

                                  From $100 each to garbage in just three weeks

Juxtaposition

                                                   A musical comedy perhaps?