Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Vin Diesel as Riddick in Pitch Black

The Axis of Goth


You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?

By Todd Seavey :::
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Stone Reader

Stone Reader

Reading in Reverse

The only movie made about a book you can’t read, or, How to Read a Film as Text and Back Again

By “Read” Mercer Schuchardt :::
Sunday, March 09, 2003
25th Hour

25th Hour


A country in post-9/11 crisis faces its family and friends.

By [url=http://livejournal.com/users/absolutcalm title="D-Munic[/url title=" :::

Other Recent Long Stuff

A Serious Man
Sympathy for the Devil
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.


Monday, March 10, 2003

Baudrillard and The Matrix

A French Philosopher Talks Back to Hollywood and ‘The Matrix’. The New York Times, May 2002. Baudrillard “noted that the film’s ‘borrowings’ from his work ‘stemmed mostly from misunderstandings’ and suggested that no movie could ever do justice to the themes of this book. This sounds like a parody of a French intellectual, but it also happens to be true.”

phlog ::: from editor ::: Link
Saturday, March 08, 2003

Movie One-Liners

An immortal comment from Michael Caine in The Italian Job has been named the greatest one-liner in cinema.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: Link

Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings - The Secret Diaries, an offbeat reading from Cassandra Claire.

phlog ::: from editor ::: Link
Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Vietnam War Films

“But actually,” Swofford explains, “Vietnam War films are all pro-war, no matter what the supposed message, what Kubrick or Coppola or Stone intended. . . . The magic brutality of the films celebrates the terrible and despicable beauty of their fighting skills. Fight, rape, war, pillage, burn. Filmic images of death and carnage are pornography for the military man.”

phlog ::: from publisher ::: Link
Sunday, March 02, 2003

Clone of the Attacks

This is certainly clever.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: Link

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