Sunday, August 24, 2008
The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

The Three Versions of Batman

Have the Nolan Brothers been reading Borges?

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Sunday, August 10, 2008
You Do Not Talk About Fight Club (book cover)

A Copy of a Copy of a Copy

The Matrix, American Beauty, and Fight Club as Retellings of Pink Floyd’s The Wall

A Sneak Preview from You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack’s Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection

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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.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

By the Ladies For the Ladies

Diane English, of Murphy Brown fame, directs an all-female cast in an almost all-female production called The Women.  Is this one of those 18 million cracks in the ceiling, or is this revenge for Hillary not getting the nomination?  The other odd thing is that Mick Jagger is one of the producers.  Is Jagger paying his dues after getting all that satisfaction?  Themes of the film, according to English, are Female Empowerment, Body Image, and Self-Esteem.  Film is out September 12—interpretations welcome. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

‘X-Files’ Movie Tanks at Box Office

“During the Clinton era—when conspiracy theories ran riot—the show had a real connection to the American psyche. It had additional social resonance in the runup to the year 2000, when some religious folk were predicting world-changing events would occur because of divine intervention, and more earthbound doomsayers claimed that the U.S. economy was going to shut down because computers would not be able to handle the changeover to the year 2000. . . . Today, however, when we face real conspiracies such as 9/11 and the continuing Islam-based carnage in Iraq and in Europe, it seems the fanciful stuff of the X-Files no longer speaks to people. Now we have to believe in horrors we really don’t Want to Believe.” S. T. Karnick’s The American Culture.

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If Joe Eszterhas Can Do It…

Nick:  I’m working my ass off, I’m off the sauce, I even stopped smoking
Beth Garner:  How’s not smoking?
Nick:  It sucks.
    - From Basic Instinct (1992)

Get this:  Joe Eszterhas has come to Jesus.  Is life too weird, or what?  Reminds me of the end of John Gardner’s Grendel:  “An accident has befallen poor Grendel.  So may it happen to you all…”

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Monday, August 25, 2008

The Rabbit Hole Gets Deeper

In The Matrix, Neo’s passport expired on 9/11/01. . . . Interpretations?

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Monday, August 18, 2008

The “Real” Cinematic Geneaology of the Bat-Man

Dug up for you by someone at Terminal Pictures with way too much time on their hands

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

How to Analyze Classic Literature

From the web comic “Basic Instructions” by Scott Meyer, How to Analyze Classic Literature. Moby-Dick as “the greatest American novel ever written . . . about marriage.” Hits a bit close to home for us, but most amusing.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Life was supposed to be a film

Stars, the Canadian-Indie band that brought you the ethereally wonderful Set Yourself On Fire (2005), has a new album that’s been out for almost a year, but which I’ve just listened to all summer, In Our Bedroom After the War. If you’re a Metaphilm phan, chances are good you’ll like this one too, especially the song, “Life 2: The Unhappy Ending” which is sort of a melancholy pop rendition of Neal Gabler’s book, Life, The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality. Where’s my unhappy ending now?

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