Andrew Hultkrans

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

Andrew Hultkrans on the 20th anniversary of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

December 2016

SPOILER ALERT: At the end of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), Mike Judge’s animated film featuring the unholy fools he unleashed via MTV in 1993, President Bill Clinton invites the titular boys into the Oval Office, makes them honorary… READ ON

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Stone’s Throw

Andrew Hultkrans on Oliver Stone’s Snowden

September 2016

FEW DIRECTORS ARE AS POLARIZING as Oliver Stone. The three-time Oscar winner has been characterized as everything from the bravest living American filmmaker to a muddled rent-a-rad, always first in line to stump for the latest lefty cause du… READ ON

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Faulty Tower

Andrew Hultkrans on High-Rise

May 2016

AS REAL ESTATE BECOMES A LIVING NIGHTMARE in cities like London, New York, and San Francisco, it seems a good time to revisit novelist J. G. Ballard’s fictional nightmare of real estate, High-Rise, recently made into a film by British director… READ ON

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Apples and Oranges

Laura Poitras at the Whitney and Apple v. the FBI

February 2016 NEW YORK

ONE OF THE PERILS of political art is that it stays still as politics, trumpeted by the daily news, marches on. Laura Poitras, the Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker whose “9/11 Trilogy” culminated in CITIZENFOUR (2014), a … READ ON

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Hack the Planet

“Images of Surveillance” at the Goethe-Institut

December 2015

LEAVE IT TO THE COUNTRY that brought us the Gestapo and STASI to teach the Land of the Free about the perils of surveillance. Unlike the British, who have inexplicably embraced CCTV and other snooping technologies despite having produced … READ ON

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WASP Nest

Andrew Hultkrans on Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan

August 2015

A CONFESSION: I am a lapsed preppy. Using the term feels false, though—an affectation—as I was not a prep school/Ivy League legacy, which was the defining characteristic of true preppies in my day. My parents were not blue bloods but middle-class… READ ON

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Tales from the Crypto

Andrew Hultkrans on Best of Enemies

July 2015

POLITICAL PARTY TIME in America has rarely been more riotous than during the 1968 presidential nominating conventions. The stakes—Vietnam, civil rights, the sexual revolution, the counterculture v. the as yet unnamed “silent majority”—were … READ ON

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Struth Be Told

Thomas Struth at Live from the NYPL

December 2014 NEW YORK

LIKE KRAFTWERK, those other celebrated sons of 1970s Düsseldorf, Thomas Struth embodies remote, dispassionate stillness. From his rigorously symmetrical street scenes, often devoid of people or motion, to his striking, clinical family portraits,… READ ON

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Empire State of Mind

“The Return of Schizo-Culture” at MoMA PS1

November 2014 NEW YORK

“MEDIOCRITY IS THE NEW BLACK, PEOPLE!” Bemoaning New York’s postmillennial makeover as a “luxury vitrine for the rest of the world,” as Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer put it earlier in the day, Penny Arcade exhorted the young, attractive… READ ON

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Coming Up Roses

Andrew Hultkrans on the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You

July 2014

“BEHIND THE EYES of the Oregon girls it was raining again in Portland,” Nelson Algren wrote in his 1956 novel A Walk on the Wild Side. “Somehow it was always raining behind the eyes of Oregon girls.” And so it always seemed to be for Elliott… READ ON

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