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Michael Vazquez

Doomsday Cinema, Part 2: Oscar-Nom The Turin Horse, Final Week in New York (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

If the end of the world or your final film? is when you say what you really mean, perhaps with The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr is giving the last laugh to the Gypsies of his state-seized debut film (shot at age 16) and delivering a stone-cold classic.

2011's Doomsday Cinema, Part I: Melancholia @ 49th NYFF plus Gainsbourg on Von Trier & Lars' NYFF 47 Press Conference (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 03.14.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

In anticipation of 12/21/12, this past year saw a return of the doomsday film. Melancholia was an okay end-of-the-world movie, but for this fan, it was not a very good Lars Von Trier film. Perhaps a third viewing is in order.

2011 Year-End Video Performance Review

Michael Vazquez | Posted 02.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

This is not a year-end list -- the headline says it all -- herewith, two dozen filmed performances.

NYFF @50: Chairman Richard Peña on Opening Nights: The Social Network, Miller's Crossing, All About My Mother, PLUS Saadi Yacef In-Person Tonight

Michael Vazquez | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Sunday's race wasn't the only marathon in town. As the New York Film Festival approaches year 50, the team at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is curating a year-long countdown.

The Story of Geoff Barrow & Portishead [VIDEO]

Michael Vazquez | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

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Warhol Factory Auteur Paul Morrissey Premieres News From Nowhere In-Person at Lincoln Center Tonight

Michael Vazquez | Posted 11.06.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Tonight, New York cinephiles are getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience as Paul Morrissey, Warhol's in-house Factory cameramen turned indie auteur debuts his new film, News From Nowhere.

On Lincoln Center's Latinbeat: The Death of Pinochet

Michael Vazquez | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

For most Americans, it may be hard to believe there is another nation on Earth for whom 9/11 is a defining day -- but to Chileans, it is, and was so, long before ours. In fact, Chile's 9/11 occurred with the aid of unseen US influence facilitating a bloody military coup d'etat.

Anna Calvi, Live in NYC (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

2011-08-04-grab.jpgHere's Anna Calvi performing at Le Poisson Rouge, which was once the legendary jazz venue the Village Gate.

Huffington Post Exclusive Music World Premiere: On The Twentieth Anniversary Of Nevermind, SPIN Curates A Tribute Album (Audio)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.17.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

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No Nukes Now? A Lesson From Japan and Questions About the Security of Japan's Nuclear Waste

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Vazquez

Japan, the only nation to suffer the horrific effects of nuclear warfare is, shockingly, one of this planet's largest consumers of nuclear energy.

Weekend Film: On Into Eternity

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Into Eternity, a film positing our suicidal quagmire of nuclear waste, is an open letter to whatever life may exist 100,000 years from now.

On The Imprisonment of Iranian Filmmakers: A Moral Option For Iran and Any Government Presuming to Silence Its Artists

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

I've asked film curator Milos Stehlik, of Chicago's Facets.org to write a guest essay in the earnest service of furnishing a dually historical and mor...

On Nénette

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

On Nénette By Michael Vazquez Marina Abramović, stare your heart out...As befits our gawking society, if you're in New York City, you have 48 hour...

On The Proposed Use of Cattail Fluff in the Cleaning Up of British Petroleum's Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Lakes, Rivers

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Vazquez

Nature may hold a secret, yet obvious remedy for our present, most recent set of potentially fatal human blunders.

On Camping

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

As I look through images from the sold-out 2010 Coachella, and prepare for my beloved Bonnaroo, I'm posting an essay I wrote for a magazine published ...

On Sustainabilty & Music Festivals

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Vazquez

In my last essay I reflected on the immeasurable (and I daresay potentially transformative) value that a single, simple night of sleeping in a tent un...

On Lars Von Trier's Anti-Christ

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

While many are going to focus yet again on whether Von Trier is a misogynist (more on that in a minute), I found in this film a central impulse to indict as ineffective and self-deceiving man's attempts to superimpose order atop his own woefully un-examined (mis-examined?) nature.