Digital Media

Jenny Slate plays a single woman dealing with a complicated personal life in the real world romantic comedy Obvious Child. Photo credit: Rooks Nest Entertainment

Film review: Obvious Child reflects a woman flawed and whole

Let’s answer your most pressing question about Obvious Child: Yes, Paul Simon’s song “Obvious Child” appears in the movie. Twice. Unless you’ve been avoiding press about movies since January, you know Obvious Child is a romantic comedy in which the main character, Donna (Jenny Slate), has an abortion. But that’s not entirely what the movie […]

Agata Trzebuchowska delivers a strong performance in the powerful story of Ida, a woman searching the past for details of her true identity. Publicity photo

Film review: Style and substance combine forcefully in Ida

The most beguiling thing about Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida is its look. Its cinematography, by Ryszard Lenczewksi and Lukasz Zal, is so beautiful that it’s easy to forget you’re watching a challenging drama about faith, love, loss, and the ravages of war on identity. Each shot is so artfully composed, in fact, that the photographic artistry […]

Visual artist Sarah Klein uses “hand-drawn images and stop-motion animation to create humorous and often dark narratives on domestic life and other related themes.” Photo courtesy of the artist

The Niche at UVA points media in a new direction

The flat screen is unassuming—a 60″ monitor mounted to the wall in UVA’s Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. Surrounded by chairs and headphones, The Niche currently plays a loop of video from the stop-motion animation program “Stop & Go: Made from Scratch.” Sounds benign, but associate professor of new media Lydia Moyer sees it as […]