Tuesday, September 30, 2008
DVD Cover: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Stegasaurus!

Some heavy spade-work into the magick of the classic noir.

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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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Monday, September 22, 2008

Kaufman Strikes Again

This will easily be one of the top three films this year. 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Politics as Cinema, 2008

Seems as if the only way we can tolerate politics these days is if it’s interpreted through cinema. Here’s something for both sides of the American contest.

First, an amusing riff from The Paragraph Farmer: “In cinematic terms, the [Democratic] political convention underway in Denver may be interpreted as a subtle remake of Grease. . . . Barack will not mug for the cameras in a muscle shirt the way John Travolta did, but Democrats now swoon through summer nights, hoping the rest of us will join them in a chorus of ‘Tell me more! Tell me more! Was it love at first sight?’”

Then, from Blogcritics Magazine: “The use of a movie metaphor gives the candidates a pre-written, pre-vetted script from our popular culture of what to do on the campaign in the media environments that they can control, and how to react to the unforeseeable situations that inevitably arise. For John McCain, and perhaps more pertinently, for his campaign strategists, it is increasingly clear that their motivating movie metaphor is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. . . . For Barack Obama, it is clear that his guiding cinematic metaphor is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with perhaps a dash of Indiana Jones thrown in.”

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Quantifying The Analysis of Dukes of Hazard

Here’s one way to do it, pie-chart style.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Another Disney Sex Movie?

Wall*E is About Sex?  Who knew?  And why aren’t more people writing about this?

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