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
Sympathy for the Devil
The Maltese Falcon
Neo’s Passport
The Dark Knight
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.


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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