Articles by Jeff Martin

December 31, 2013

Big Empty: On the Demise of Blockbuster 4

These were the days when the Internet was new, cell phones were for stockbrokers, and if you missed a movie in the theater, you had to wait six months or even a year or more to catch up. We don’t have to wait for anything now. I’m not sure that’s an entirely good thing.

October 5, 2012

When Costner Was King: An Actor’s Rise and Fall (and Rise?) 8

With 1989’s Field of Dreams, my Costner man crush truly began. I honestly don’t remember seeing it in the theater. It must have been VHS. Either way, I remember the feeling. That film, pie-in-the-sky as it may be, still gets me.

December 18, 2011

A Year in Reading: Jeff Martin 0

Emotional without even a touch of sentimentality, the piece perfectly captures the questions, assumptions, and mysteries that arise from combing through the material past of a loved one.

June 9, 2011

Family ‘Tree’ 4

On attending a private, family screening of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

June 4, 2010

A Speculative 20 Under 40, from 40 Years Ago 14

If you look back 40 years to the year 1970, there were many more established, award-winning authors under the age of 40.

December 20, 2009

A Year in Reading: Jeff Martin 1

Written, or perhaps I should say designed as an auction catalog, this slim volume from Leanne Shapton made me question the meaning of narrative and how stories are told.

November 23, 2009

Phil Spector: Guilty of Creating the Greatest Christmas Album Ever 6

Released on the day JFK was assassinated, Spector’s album ended up being a much-needed dose of joy in a dark and confusing time.

November 4, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are: The Best Short Film of 2009 13

Spike Jonze says that this is a film about childhood, not necessarily a film for children. If he is talking about the trailer, he is absolutely right.

September 30, 2009

Domo Arigato, Mr. Erratum 5

To build his or her collection, the collector of this niche item has to do nothing more than sit around and read. Didn’t find one? Well, maybe next time. No big deal. It was still a pretty good book, right?