Ella Taylor http://wvxu.org en 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus http://wvxu.org/post/vivian-maier-brings-nanny-photographers-life-focus Is an artist's life relevant to her reputation as an artist? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 24798 at http://wvxu.org 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus Fighting For Their Family, One Day At A Time http://wvxu.org/post/fighting-their-family-one-day-time It would take a heart of stone — or zero tolerance for soap — to resist <em>Any Day Now</em>, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome.<p>Their quest might be an easier one today, when 16 American states permit joint adoption for same-sex couples, and all manner of family forms proliferate on and off-screen. But the film, loosely taken from real-life events, is set in 1979, when institutional homophobia was as common as pointy collars on loud print shirts. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:03:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 7088 at http://wvxu.org Fighting For Their Family, One Day At A Time 'The Words': Serious Questions, Meet Sappy Romance http://wvxu.org/post/words-serious-questions-meet-sappy-romance Bradley Cooper has the wolfish grin and raffish charm of a cardsharp — or a baby hedge-fund manager. So at first you may find him a tough sell as a writer of prose so sensitive and "interior" that even an admiring old-school editor tells him it's unpublishable.<p>Hold on, though. The writer has moral flaws, and a name, Rory Jansen, that's better suited to a designer of racy swimwear than a crafter of lambent sentences about the inner workings of the psyche.<p>Rory's wise old dad (J.K. Simmons), who writes the checks that keep Rory at his desk, cautions him to know his limitations. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 3675 at http://wvxu.org 'The Words': Serious Questions, Meet Sappy Romance Chilling Future Awaits 'Girl Model' Recruits http://wvxu.org/post/chilling-future-awaits-girl-model-recruits In <em>Girl Model</em>, an alarming documentary about the trafficking of Russian child models to the Japanese fashion market, a garrulous modeling agent explains his philosophy: To expiate his own past bad behavior, he says with papal solemnity, he approaches model recruitment as a religious calling, not to mention a fatherly responsibility to do right by the girls, give them a better life than they have now and protect them from harm.<p>This apparently includes hauling novices off to the city morgue to see how badly things can end for a recruit who doesn't do as she's told. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:32:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 3516 at http://wvxu.org Chilling Future Awaits 'Girl Model' Recruits 'For A Good Time': More (Dirty) Talk, Less Action http://wvxu.org/post/good-time-more-dirty-talk-less-action Hot topic du jour, discuss: Do women rule the world?<p>First the girls took over the schools, with their stellar grades and all. Then they got the lion's share of the jobs. (Not quite true, but the claim generates Web punditry by the ton.)<p>Now, it seems, young women are the queens of raunch. According to an <em>Atlantic</em> article hot off the newsstands, the hook-up culture that allegedly runs rampant among the youth of today is driven not by horny frat boys, but by ambitious female college co-eds whose career paths leave no time for anything but quickie one-night stands, or less. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 3345 at http://wvxu.org 'For A Good Time': More (Dirty) Talk, Less Action