The Place Beyond the Pines is a beautiful and poetic sighing for America, one that yearns for its ideal whilst mourning for its reality, that gap between what everyone wants it to be and what it has really become. When the film ends, AJ is right next to his father on an election platform, crossing right to his future on his father’s coattails; but the last shot begins with Jason, riding into his future off to the side of the frame into the unknown; and the camera stays focused on a tiny American flag, slightly out of focus, but smack-dead in the centre of the frame, surrounded by the pastoral barns, silos and landscape so familiar and so potent a symbol of an idea of America, one dear to cinema and indeed to filmgoers, and both like and unlike what the film has shown us. And then the first notes of Bon Iver’s ‘The Wolves (Act I and II) start and we hear the lyric ‘someday my pain, will mark you’ and the eyes lightly well up just as they did with Ryan Gosling in church and one thinks ‘This is a truly great movie’. (x)
"This One Summer" is debuting at TCAF!
This One Summer
By Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki
Published by Groundwood Books & First Second
Pantone Blue, HC, 320 Pages
Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.
Sure, Rose’s dad is still making cheesy and embarrassing jokes, but her mother is acting like she doesn’t even want to be there. Plus, being at the cottage isn’t just about going to the beach anymore. Now Rose and Windy are spend a lot of their time renting scary movies and spying on the teenagers who work at the corner store, as well as learning stuff about sex no one mentioned in health class…
From Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, creators of the multi-award-winning graphic novel Skim, comes a stunning and authentic story of friendship, illustrated with subtly heart-breaking moments and pure summer joy.
Co-Published by Groundwood Books and First Second Books
(Photos by Jillian Tamaki)
It’s a very snowy day in much of the USA; I thought I’d share some snaps of our very summery story with you. Bathing suits! Jumping in the lake! Bonfires on the beach!
was actually looking forward to awkwardly moving around in a circle on frozen water with blades attached to my feet. It seemed fun.
"The book Joy Division collects more than two hundred sensitive photographs of the band by Kevin Cummins, capturing their quiet introspection offstage, their close relationships as bandmates, and Ian Curtis’s legendary energy in live performances.
The iconic images are supplemented with concert tickets, unreleased record sleeves, fan club badges, Factory Records flyers, and other rare ephemera, making this book the most definitive and heavily illustrated celebration of the band ever produced.” [iainclaridge]
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