Wednesday, November 21, 2001
jfk—the story that won’t go away

They Are Alive

(JFK to Z)

The questions of convincing bullshit and propaganda in a righteous cause.

By popesixtus :::
Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Brad Pitt is Mickey in Snatch

Snatch

Snatched from the Food Chain

Animal Planet meets Magnolia as Guy Ritchie gives us a taste of Social Darwinism. Can we escape the food chain?

By hart :::
Saturday, November 10, 2001
Tyler Durden

Rebel Consumer

If I’m not my f’ing khakis, am I my f’ing leather pants?

Fight Club wants you to shopat really cool stores.

By dupe :::
Shrek

Shrek

What the Shrek?

Why hot babes dig ugly rock stars.

By metaphilm :::
The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

The Death of Psychology

Bang! Psychology is dead. The age of science is over. (If you don’t believe us, just check out the WB.) Long live Mulder!

By metaphilm :::
Star Wars

Star Wars

A Penetrating Analysis

Phallic light sabers. X-Wing penetration. A dominatrix father. Ugh. Sounds like a tale of impotence.

By Lex Rex :::
Friday, November 09, 2001
Tom Hanks in Cast Away

The Evolution of Tom Hanks

Hanks goes meta in Cast Away, an updated version of Joe Versus the Volcano.

By read :::

Other Recent Long Stuff

A Serious Man
Up
Sympathy for the Devil
Watchmen
The Maltese Falcon
Neo’s Passport
The Dark Knight
A Copy of a Copy of a Copy
The Dreamers
The Dreamers

Books to Phlog

Book cover of Walker Percy's the Moviegoer at FiftyWalker Percy’s The Moviegoer at Fifty: New Takes on an Iconic American Novel has just been released from LSU Press. This well-received collection of twelve new essays includes a contribution from Jonathan Potter and Read Mercer Schuchardt revisiting “The Moviegoer’s Cinematic References.”

This is the first critical work devoted solely to Percy’s debut novel. Coinciding with the centenary of his birth, this collection offers fresh perspectives that underscore the novel’s ongoing relevance.

Metaphlog

Saturday, November 17, 2001

Silly American Films

A typical American film, naive and silly, can—for all its silliness and even by means of it—be instructive. A fatuous, self-conscious English film can teach one nothing. I have often learned a lesson from a silly American film.

 

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, journal entry (1947)

quotes ::: from editor ::: Link

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