Self-Portrait With Monkey (Frida Kahlo, 1938)

Last week I hoped to perhaps see this painting in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s current exhibition, and it turned out to actually be there. I like this painting, yet, like Christina’s World, and perhaps like all other paintings, reproduced images have nothing on the original. This painting totally captured me in the AGO; I …

Life Imitating Art Imitating Life

Often, I’ve been one to try and impress people with the pace of my conversation and my responses. I do this because of cinema: We all wish we could follow conversations as adeptly and quickly and with such concise wit and brevity as characters do in movies.  People talking in cinema is like soccer or …

Patterns: BATMAN

You have to be careful talking about movies; often, much of your thinking on it is totally subjective to your like or dislike of it.  Certainly, this is routinely the case for me.  If a movie really bugged me, I can point out its “structural weaknesses” which prove its failure, while if I loved it, …