Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Some heavy spade-work into the magick of the classic noir.
This will easily be one of the top three films this year.
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.”
Here’s one way to do it, pie-chart style.
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The Despecialized Star Wars
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24 Things You Might Not Know About Fight Club
Tree of Life and the Lamb of God
Filming In Tongues
Martin Scorsese’s parents were aliterate
This Again—At A Theater Near You
Bollywood Directors and the “Cut To Switzerland”
The Constant Traveler
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?
Tree of Life Shooting Locations in Smithville, Texas