Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Perfume: The story of a murderer, poster

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

The Perverse Allegory of a Savior

Tom Tykwer offers an odd-smelling twist on the Christ-figure.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007
Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

Redemption in a Postmodern World

Tarantino’s characters find that their redemption depends on whether there is a meaning to the word. An excerpt from The Philosophy of Neo-Noir.

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Other Recent Long Stuff

A Serious Man
Up
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

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 29, 2007

Star Wars Meets YouTube

Unlike our earlier Matrix link, this fan-created film actually has a bit of humor and style in it.  Subsequent episodes aplenty.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Matrix Meets YouTube

“You think that’s air that you’re breathing?”  Thanks, um, to Bob Gates for the link, we think.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

David Bordwell Speaks, But Is Not Seen

Film students everywhere will want to listen in on Annie Frisbie’s podcast interview with omnipresent film text author David Bordwell as he answers her questions regarding cinema, YouTube, and related cineminutiae.  Sound quality is not that great due to what seems like Prof Bordwell’s phone, but that may be simply a function of UW-Madison’s ancient telephony - the whole thing lends itself to the pre-existing undergraduate perception that the professor is, in fact, a disembodied voice narrating the movie of our times…cinematic!  Thanks to Annie Frisbie for the link and the interview. 

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Chewbacca: Matchmaker, Mythkeeper, Main Character

It’s 2007 and nearly a full thirty years since the original Star Wars came out on May 25, 1977. In light of Episodes 1-3, you owe it to yourself to finally and fully understand the significance of Chewbacca (and to a lesser extent, R2-D2).  Keith Martin stands up to the task of reinterpreting post-prequel Star Wars brilliantly.  Thanks to Scott Greider for the link.

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Filming In Tongues
Martin Scorsese’s parents were aliterate
This Again—At A Theater Near You
Bollywood Directors and the “Cut To Switzerland”
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Save the Movies from Save The Cat!
Propaganda, A Primer
It may actually be long After Midnight
Dirty Wars playing, then disappearing, at a theater near you
Luke’s Change:  An Inside Job
What Does Hollywood Have to Do with Jerusalem?
There are only fourteen books worth reading each year
Why Are Foreign Films So… Foreign?
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The Movie Theater is Officially Dead
If 2001 Came Out in 2012
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You know You’ve Seen Star Wars Too Many Times When…
When Search Engine Metrics Get… Awkward
The Cinema IS the New Cathedral