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Michael Vazquez

American Constitution Society Roundtable Discussion on the Supreme Court

Michael Vazquez | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, a vital reason to have a late lunch at your desk today.

On the Timely Nomination, Consideration and Appointment of a Supreme Court Justice

Michael Vazquez | Posted 03.04.2017 | Politics
Michael Vazquez

"Advise and consent" is a clear directive. Warning a president to not perform codified duties whilst you also don't do your job is not a sanctioned means of countervailance. "Advise and consent" offers you fascinating latitude for heightened dialogue.

Festival Street Photography, Pt. 2: Camp Bisco

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.20.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Apparently there is gold at the end of the for your gold, top dollars paid... Somebody gave me a free room at The Hilton and all I got ...

Festival Street Photography, Pt 1: Coachella

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.20.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Summer's really over...herewith, 40 shots in 40 minutes; no musicians, no celebs, no captions...just regular everyday citizens of Coachella-land: a mo...

Cliff Diving World Series: Life In The Winners' Circle (PHOTOS)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.20.2016 | Sports
Michael Vazquez

After three days of shooting unceasingly freakish feats of athleticism, I found even more grace and humor in the winners' circle...

Cliff-Diving From Bosnia-Herzegovina to Polignano, Italia: Women's Championship This Weekend

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.10.2016 | Sports
Michael Vazquez

Although humans are born with an innate fear of falling, and a need for sucking, these mortal super-heroes have an innate need to fall, and a fear of sucking...herewith, a preview of this weekend's Red Bull cliff-diving championship in Italy, and a brief history of a very old bridge.

Art & Life, On & Off-Screen: Infinitely Polar Bear's Maya Forbes and Imogene Wolodarsky's Mother-Daughter Creative Dynamic + Mark Ruffalo On Film Roles and Politics (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.21.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

What's it like to put your art and reputation where your mouth is? Or to portray your Mom when she was your age, dealing with her bipolar Dad -- in a movie directed by...your Mom?

A CMJ Playlist

Michael Vazquez | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, for those not attending, and those attending NYC's annual college radio confab, the CMJ Music Marathon, a play list featuring a few of the b...

Besson's Lucy & The Abrogation of The Pandora, Eve Myths + Guardians of The Galaxy = $1B + An Early Guess On the Best Original Song Oscar-Winner (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 10.04.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Perhaps Lucy's most intriguing theme is that of Feminine stewardship of Knowledge in the face of crisis for a world too-far-gone. Plus, Groot is the n...

Reading for Warm Summer Days Indoors: Excerpt From Morrissey's Autobiography (HuffPo Exclusive)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.06.2014 | Home
Michael Vazquez

You've heard the soundtrack, now read the book.

Only Lovers Left Alive's Tilda Swinton Talks About Almost Quitting Acting and Yasmine Hamdan Performs 'Hal' Live In NYC (HuffPo Exclusive Videos)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Yasmine Hamdan performs 'Hal,' which she also sings in the film during a scene when two world-weary vampires begin to heal, and find a way to continue living, as they remember the power and mystery of creation itself.

Cinema and Eulogia: Alain Resnais, 1922 - 2014

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.02.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Yesterday, a genuine conceptual and artistic film pioneer who was also possessed of an earnest conscience saw his final day on Earth. His genius work remains, and here's one of my favorite of his films, Mon Oncle D'Amerique, for your viewing pleasure.

A New & Improved Digital Future, Or History Redux?

Michael Vazquez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, notes from a bitter, would-be messenger. Like always, please ignore all typos. While I fully comprehend the strategic leveraging of soci...

Faith And John Hubley's Socially-Conscious Animated Films Screening At The Museum of Modern Art's 11th International Festival of Film Preservation (Huffington Post Exclusive VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 10.24.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Simply put, this year's film preservation series at MOMA has got flix for every kind of movie fan. In this first of several exclusives, I've chosen to...

Blue Jasmine Review Plus Cate Blanchett Interview (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

New York son Woody Allen's back from Europe and he's unpacking some American baggage; Cate Blanchett talks of liminally channeling Hedda Gabler, Mary Tyrone, and Blanche DuBois.

Portland Int'l Film Festival Screens Spanish Silent Blancanieves, Man VS. Nature Doc Leviathan

Michael Vazquez | Posted 04.11.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, notes on the Portland International Film Festival's Grimm (and grimmer) opening-night silent-film Blancanieves, and the edgy, Man VS. Nature doc, Leviathan, plus notes on the recently restored stone-cold classic doc, Cousin Jules.

BFF Oscar-Nominee Amour Opens Today in New York, Los Angeles

Michael Vazquez | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Simply put, Michael Haneke's Amour is an instant, harrowing classic about one of the most important issues of our time.

Bonnaroo Flashback and Preview: John Paul Jones + Ben Harper + Questlove 2007 Jam (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 07.03.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Like a comet, The Roots orbit Planet 'Roo in nearly five-year intervals, from the festival's second year ('03), through its middle ('07) and, if the cosmic doomsayers are correct about 2012, its end.

SXSW Flashback: Under the Iron Bridge With Sydney Wayser

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.25.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Released from the van like a fish returning to water, I hit the streets of Austin dazed, before I eventually was lost in the crowd, as their caravan rolled on.

Cinema As Historical Conscience: Post-Mortem Final Screenings In NYC Today (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.24.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

I'm re-posting this review from NYFF#48 to earnestly remind fans of engagé cinema that today is their last chance to screen Post-Mortem, an essential, unflinching meditation on Chile's semi-recent history -- and by extension, its (and our own) ongoing internal reckoning.

Icelandic Cinema Series Brings '82 Music Doc Rock In Reykjavik to New York (Video)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.18.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

From Iceland's first sound feature through a look at DIY music circa '81, to a certified international blockbuster, New York cinephiles are getting a terrific, once-in-a-lifetime primer on less-exposed, eminently worthwhile films from Iceland.

SXSW Flashback: Under The Iron Bridge With Soul Track Mind (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

I was invited to film some Rubber Tracks sessions at the Converse/The Fader Fort during SXSW, and the afternoon I made it in with my camera served as a reminder that sometimes the raw process is more arresting to witness than the finished result.

SXSW Flashback/NYC Preview Tonight: Gypsy Chanteuse Kali Mutsa Plays S.O.B.

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez


SXSW Flashback/NYC Premiere Tonight: Guy Maddin on Obsession and Movie-Making as Aversion Therapy (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

I think it's important to live in the past and the present simultaneously -- it's what makes us what we are. We all do anyway, might as well admit it and embrace it.

Cinema As Diplomacy, Pt. 1: Oscar/Globe-Winner Asghar Farhadi Screening Series In NYC!

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

At the New York Film Festival, three instant classics of engagé cinema -- one from Egypt and two from Iran (including BFF Oscar-winner A Separation) -- quite stunningly took on the weight of history.