Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monsters Inc.

Moslems, Inc.

The Uses of Disenchantment in the film that is set after but made before Monsters University.

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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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Friday, July 26, 2013

This Again—At A Theater Near You

Superman, Before Midnight, and the “entropic, static hum of everybody trying to capture the slipping moment.”

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Bollywood Directors and the “Cut To Switzerland”

The “Cut to Switzerland” direction and why Swiss neutrality works better for dream sequences than war-torn Kashmir. 

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Constant Traveler

Brian Phillips writes in Grantland about James Bond, Red 2, and what every spy movie is secretly about: tourism? The Constant Traveler.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Save the Movies from Save The Cat!

Slate explains why all movies since 2005 feel basically the same:  essential reading.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Propaganda, A Primer

The outsider perspective is always valuable for what it can teach the insider.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

It may actually be long After Midnight

It’s almost midnight for print culture sums it up quite well, using Linklater’s Before Midnight—and its lovers and haters—as its vehicle.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Dirty Wars playing, then disappearing, at a theater near you

Edward Snowden call your office, stat.  Bring John Perkins when you come. 

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Other Recent Phlogs

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
The Movie Theater is Officially Dead
If 2001 Came Out in 2012
Apple’s New iPhone Best Explained by the Movie The Prestige
You know You’ve Seen Star Wars Too Many Times When…
When Search Engine Metrics Get… Awkward
The Cinema IS the New Cathedral