is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe, Design Chair at Wildcard and co-founder of Kidpost. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired by Etsy, Inc.), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children. Refer to the advertising and sponsorship page for inquiries.+
To my regret the only movie that I got out to see in theaters last month was the overwrought “The Lost City of Z.” Reviews were largely glowing for James Gray’s old Hollywood-style adventure-in-the-Amazon tale but I found it turgid and, worse, hypocritical; it pays significant lip service to treating indigenous people with respect but devotes practically zero screen time to giving them a voice. You can skip this one.
This was particularly disappointing because it was a pretty slow month for moviewatching. I only saw a dozen films, with a good number of them kids’ fare that I watched with the family. Aside from re-watching a few favorites, none of the other movies I watched really moved me very much. Oh well, there’s always next month.
- “Jennifer’s Body” It had all the elements to be a cult great but it really, really wasn’t.
- “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
- “The Best Years of Our Lives” Affecting.
- “La La Land” Re-watched this for the third or fourth time and still find it magical.
- “Children of Men” Only seems to get better and more relevant with age.
- “How to Train Your Dragon”
- “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”
- “The Lost City of Z”
- “Armored Car Robbery” Proto-“Heat.”
- “Café Society” Sometimes you get good Woody Allen, sometimes you get bad. This was bad.
- “Grand Piano” This is literally “Speed” at a classical music concert and somehow it pretty much works.
- “Over the Moon”
If you’re interested, here is what I watched in April, in March, in February and in January, as well as my full list of everything I watched in 2016. You can also follow along with my film diary over at letterboxd.com.+