Ben Fong Torres Does “SF Live,” Part I

Just when they pull him out, he gets posted in again. Ben Fong Torres, whose previous YouTube links have been mysteriously removed from YouTube, magically reappears in this interview with Christina Marie Flores on “SF Live” from February of ’09, in two parts. Here, he provides a convenient explanation for new readers and viewers as to the derivation of his name hyphenation and his start … Continue reading Ben Fong Torres Does “SF Live,” Part I

Mark Kemp On “Words On Words”

Just in time for these balmy, anodyne days of spring is this recently available interview with music journalist Mark Kemp discussing his book, “Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race and New Beginnings in a New South.” Host, John Seigenthaler, a civil rights activist, journalist and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt, had Mark as a guest on the Nashville public TV show … Continue reading Mark Kemp On “Words On Words”

Critical YouTubes: John Façade “Fantôche”

This French new wave track from 1981 is decent enough, I suppose (they’re no Stinky Toys), but the video’s fantastic for its colourful backdrop, which consists entirely of images from one of my all-time favourite music books (memorably described in a 2004 article by Nick Coleman as “the pornography of rock” as well as its “stained glass window”). Continue reading Critical YouTubes: John Façade “Fantôche”

Quotes on the Auteur Theory

Two clips of various directors and critics discussing the auteur theory. Featuring Robert Mitchum, Frank Capra, Pauline Kael, John Frankenheimer, Peter Biskind, Peter Bogdanovich, Elwy Yost, et al. A fairly intelligently edited piece (cf. the back and forth sequence between Capra and Phillip Dunne), though no strong critical proponents of auteurism could apparently be bothered to chime in: the closest you get to Andrew Sarris … Continue reading Quotes on the Auteur Theory