More Able Than Kane
Yes, Citizen Kane is great, but that’s not the half of it. The more Orson Welles was forced to improvise and budget down, the better he got.
Greater Than Gatsby
We ought to be borne back ceaselessly into Fitzgerald’s genius—and not just to his reputed masterwork.
Blues Upside Your Head
New collections of classic works by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters enable a better appreciation of a beloved but understudied genre of American music.
The Electric Coachman
Two recent archival releases strengthen the case that Jimi Hendrix was more like Bach than he was like The Beatles.
John Coltrane's stunning musical output in 1965 is open to deeper examination, thanks to a new studio archive release.
Universal Studios has refurbished and reissued some of its classic horror fare going back to the early 1930s. Some of this stuff turns out to be scarier than ever, for reasons you wouldn’t expect.
The Great Stone Face
The recent release of a series of 1930s-era two-reelers reminds us how great Buster Keaton was even when he wasn't at this best. The Great Stone Face was no slapstick peddler, but a true harbinger of film comedy as an art form.
A new five-disc set of the King's recordings begs the question: Was he really all that good?