Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

A Comedy of Nihilism

Continuing a tradition of ‘entertainment’ that began with Gummo.

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Sunday, July 03, 2005
Land of the Dead

Land of the Dead

America at Large

It’s a liberal’s nightmare: a whole nation of zombies questing for the American dream.

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Other Recent Long Stuff

A Serious Man
Sympathy for the Devil
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Neo’s Passport
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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.


Friday, July 08, 2005

Announcing the Metaphilm Movie Mapper!

We are pleased to announce the beta release of the Metaphilm Movie Mapper, the companion website to the newly released Manhattan on Film by Chuck Katz, self-described geographreak and expert, surprisingly enough, on all things relating to film in Manhattan and surrounds.

On our Mapper, you can search by movie, actor, director, street address, or year and find all the locations where your favorite films were shot or set. We’ve got screen shots and recent real-life shots for many locations, and there’s a convenient link to Yahoo! Maps so you can find your way there yourself.

While the mapper is still in beta (your .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) most welcome, dear reader), the book is absolutely flawless and is a must-have for anyone living in or visiting Manhattan.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Land of the Dead

While editing K.P.’s interpretation of Land of the Dead, it occurred to me that another way to see the film is as the movie adaptation of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, that book favored by liberals all across America.

While her piece didn’t make me want to actually see the movie (I live outside DC—I need to go spend money for liberal rage?), the quick review from Tim Cavanaugh at Reason has made me think again. With Romero, it’s not just politics. It’s personal. And apparently, it’s funny and manages to overcome its propaganda.

Cavanaugh: “. . . [I]f you’re going to stick with authorial intent, you have to be content with some strong though not doctrinaire lefty politics. I say if you’re going to do an anti-market screed, this is the way to do it. . . . I have to admit, Land of the Dead reminded me of how invigorating full-throated lefty agitprop can be in an entertaining movie.

Considering we’re already getting alternative interpretations in our comments, it sounds like a meta success to me.

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Friday, July 01, 2005

Ralph Winter

Movies are not good at giving answers. Movies are great at asking questions. Movies that do that are lasting.” —Fantastic Four and X-Men Producer Ralph Winter, in an interview with Christianity Today. (The rest of the interview is worth reading; breaks through several stereotypes.)

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