Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Unforgiven

Unforgiven

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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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.

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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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