So, for my film school-y type film that we’ve completed, I’m now in charge of “social media,” which includes creating a website. Anyone got tips on doing that? I was thinking about just doing a tumblr, ya know, but I’m not sure how good of an idea that is…
Just finished recording a podcast Echo and I did on Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno. I’m doing it lazily in Garage Band because I don’t know how anything else works. However, it’s very, very quiet and I wanted to up the volume and add some stuff into it. Can I do that in Garage Band, or should I export it and use a different program? I am so not good at figuring things out, but once I figure them out, I can DO them! (P.S. I think it turned out well. Excited to share.)
I am still committed to going through David Fincher’s films. I have ideas for how to do it. My school library has Alien 3 on Laserdisc, and, to me, that feels like a symbol that exclaims this needs to happen.
There’s more, but it’s not concrete. Busy, busy. Oscars, etc.
This article at Feministing is about this profile on Eddie Brill, who books the Tonight Show with David Letterman. Both articles are worth your time.
As I’ve recently become a gigantic fan of Cameron Esposito, I recall hearing her on a podcast saying that she was auditioning for Letterman (Tig Nataro is also referenced in the article as someone who has been turned down). Clearly, she wasn’t selected, and the article on Brill hints at a lot of typecasting that Brill does of folks that aren’t “traditional” comedians, and seems to really point out that one needs to “act” a certain way. He believes women “act” too much like men. He believes a lot of comedians just aren’t right for Letterman.
Putting aside that Letterman, as a show, has been stale for years, it is still structured as one of the pinnacles for comedic success. The barriers that Brill creates are problematic, because as the article notes, he’s one of the few holding a lot of power in the comedy world. And his view is a narrow one.
16 Mini Reviews! For some reason I thought this was a good idea!
This was the first film that I’ve seen in 3D that resulted in an actual headache. Now, don’t get me wrong, the film is beautiful…however, the declaration of this film being a beautiful 3D film is a little overstated. The blurring involved in the movement of the camera and the 3D imagery can be really agitating, and I’m not sure how that can be resolved with 3D technology, as it seems to be an issue, too, of digital presentation.
But, here’s my real problem with the film; the majority of the film is about the wonder of early film, and despite it being advertised as a children’s movie, this is very much a Scorsese plea for film preservation, to the point that it’s almost painfully obvious. The film is effective, but embraces early film in a wholly matter that doesn’t quite work for me. There are also inklings of discussion of gender and class that are completely overlooked (and kind of should be looked at, considering the conclusion of this film).
However, returning to the 3D, the most wonderful moment of this film for me were images with either snow and dust, and there is a lot of 3D dust in this picture. At one point, the dust on the screen looked exactly like the dust floating in the theatre, and I couldn’t tell the difference between the two. Talking with my parents, who liked the film a lot more than me, we were all left in wonder by that tiny little moment. This should be the level of immersion that 3D should be going for. I’m not sure how attainable it is on a consistent level.
The Artist: B+
I’m cautious when approaching films that are pastiche, as pastiche typically implies the absence of critique. The Artist is a beautiful film telling the story of an silent film actor’s struggles as sound pictures come into style that uses the style of silent films to tell the tale (right down to the 4:3 framing). While the film is really beautiful and technically superb (the little use of sound in this film is magnificent), I again am disappointed by the absence of critique of the silent era. There is a full embrace of the films at that time, all discrimination aside. And, of course one of the core plots of this film is a middle-age actor falling in love with a younger actress while he’s already happily married to another actress. Of course, the film finds a way to make this acceptable and have the audience root for their coming together. The film is an excellent experiment in style, but not much more.
You might be sensing a theme! Here is another film that wholly embraces a style; that of the American action/gangster film. And, at first, the film appears to be an incredible critique of the genre, but as the violence begins to escalate, I simply cannot see it as such. Like The Artist and Hugo, too, Drive seems to wholly embrace the films it is emulating, problems and all. There are incredible race problems in this film, as everyone is clearly identified as belonging to a particular “group.” Everyone has to be identified, except, of course, Ryan Gosling, and his love interest, played by Carey Mulligan. And, the way in which Christina Hendricks is used in this film is really offensive. Why has no one talked about how the only slow-motion kill in this film is a fucking shotgun to the head of Christina Hendricks? Not to mention that Mulligan’s character is absent for much of the final third of the film. The women here are completely underwritten. Like The Artist, this is a beautiful film, but it has too many problems for me to overlook.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., announced on Thursday that he has been successful in his four-month-old effort to trigger an inspectors general investigation of CIA and Pentagon contacts with Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow as she prepares her highly anticipated film on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
I watched Man is Not a Bird yesterday and I was left conflicted. I didn’t really leave the film being satisfied with the representation of women in the film. Makavejev’s gaze is pretty intense, and this film has one of the creepier sex scenes I’ve seen in a film (However, not graphic at all…just, kind of creepy).
However, I also know very little about the Black Wave, and I found this article helpful in it’s very detailed analysis of the film…although I still think the female representation in this film is so-so.
Hey, everybody. I’ve gotten a pretty steady flow of new followers these past couple days, and that’s awesome. Thanks for following! I’m not sure if I have a an actual Intro page, but if I do, I’m too lazy to find it. So…
Hey, I’m Matt. I’m a 22 year old senior film theory student who is also in a film production program at my university.
I’m interested in all aspect of film production and super into theory. Boths is important to me.
Thing I’ve probably spent the most time on this blog with was writing feminist critiques of the Coen Brothers’ films using the Bechdel Test as a doorway into the discussion. I was just looking for all of those posts, but Tumblr must have fucked with my tags (or deleted posts?), because I can’t find them all in one place. Some are here, others are here, I don’t know where the others are.
I’m currently really fascinated with gaze and the presentation of sex in film, as well as theories of editing (due to problematic origins of D.W. Griffith and continuity editing)
Things that I am currently doing:
Writing a script (Spoiler! I almost always am)
Working on a film at school
Reading Women as Lovers by Elfriede Jelinek because I like Xiu Xiu a lot. But, I’m almost done, and then I’ll start Subways are for Sleeping, which I had no idea was made into a fucking play.
Now, barring any unforeseen issues, I am hoping to writing a little more consistently on here. Besides any random posts that I’ll write on a whim, you can plan on another set of mini-reviews, hopefully another collection of feminist critiques of a filmmaker (David Fincher seems to be the one right now, not sure which angle I’m going to go from…), and I really, really want to talk about the long take and Chinese/Taiwanese Cinema, with a focus on Jia Zhangke…and maybe Edward Yang. Who knows, I’m still thinking about it.
And now, on to you folks. Who are you? What was your favorite movie of 2011? Favorite movie you’ve come across recently that wasn’t released in the past year? Or, generally, what are you up to?
“This page was created because I got tired of being “ambushed” by books and movies with triggering topics. This list was compiled by survivors and allies to warn survivors about triggering material. This is by no means a list of books and movies to avoid, as many are wonderful and can help you on your healing journey. Of course, some of them are crap. Either way, it is important to prepare yourself for what you are going to see or read.”