Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Sideways

Sideways

Purple States

A barbed valentine from a red-state filmmaker on a blue-state subject.

Other Recent Long Stuff

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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
Reading Inland Empire

Books to Phlog

Understanding Jaques EllulUnderstanding Jacques Ellul, by Greenman, Schuchardt, and Toly, will be of special interest to Metaphilm readers as Jacques Ellul understood cinema as one of the chief tools of propaganda used by the state to distract the masses from that which matters.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

NYT on EWTN

In a surprising enough discussion of the Catholic cable channel EWTN, the New York Times calls our attention to its efforts to reach the younger audience and the show that is unintentionally doing so:  “But one show in particular seems likely to reach youths, simply by not trying to reach them. G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense is a prime-time tribute to the great Victorian writer and personality. The show doesn’t try for flashiness: each episode consists of Dale Ahlquist, the placid president of the American Chesterton Society, speaking ex cathedra from his book-lined study.” Of course, empirical numbers are not possible since the network doesn’t track its ratings (“Spreading the Word via Friar-Cam”, Josh Ozersky, 16 Jan 2005). Interesting stuff.

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Philosemetism

But now that you’ve spent about $200 million to laugh at Ben Stiller’s mega-Jewish parents dealing with his WASPy soon-to-be-in-laws in Meet the Fockers, we feel comfortable showing you our big Jewish selves. Philosemetism, which is so new we had to invent a word for it, has led to a whole new genre: Jewsploitation.” The last paragraph is a kicker. But is this column talking about the same odd phenomenon we saw in Shrek a few years back? Is Dreamworks Animation the Jewish Disney? (Joel Stein, “Why Hot, WASPy Chicks Love Jews,” Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan 2005).

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Matrix Ghosts

In cinema, what’s the line between “homage” and “plagiarism”? Today’s case study: The Matrix and Ghost in the Shell compared scene by scene.

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Saturday, January 01, 2005

Forget Me Not

Peter T. Chattaway has a thoughtful article on amnesia movies at Books & Culture, with discussion of Finding Nemo, Memento, Fifty First Dates, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and others. “Most amnesia movies are ultimately about redemption: someone’s slate is wiped clean so that he or she can start afresh. But they are also often about atonement—one must retrieve one’s memory in order to make right the wrongs of the past—and The Bourne Supremacy is a heartening case in point.” Nice to ponder as we begin a new year.

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