Wednesday, November 29, 2006


The Course of Empire

Clint Eastwood and an elegy to a dying genre, a lost frontier.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
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X-Men vs. Superman

Mutation, Eugenics, and the Politics of Evolution

On the surface, both the X-Men and Superman films push a message of hope over fear, but what deeper instinctive fear could there be than that of being genetically supplanted?

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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.


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Get Happy, Get Bliss

If you don’t have time to watch Modern Times, Citizen Kane, Brazil, The Wall, E.T., the Australian satire Bliss, Office Space and The Matrix, then steal a few moments to watch More, the stop-motion-animated film that captures the message of those films with the density and essentialness of a zen koan.  In the age of time compression, look for this as the trend of future filmmaking:  two years to make a six-minute masterpiece that is itself a condensation of 70 years of filmmaking.

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