Kendra Elliott and the three Js take a superficial look at deep focus . . .
Jae Song’s Majestic Micro Movie essays on cinema won a special award at the Worldfest Houston — as a collaborator, I got a citation. Cool. You can see the essays here: Deep Focus Shallow Focus TrackingChamps Contre Champs
In Douglas Sirk’s movies the women think. I haven’t noticed that with any other director. With any. Usually the women just react, do the things women usually do, and here they actually think. That’s something you’ve got to see. It’s … Continue reading
Story meetings. Teacher and cultural critic Dave Hickey (above, looking like the Benjamin Franklin of the 21st Century) explains what's wrong with them: “My one rule is that I do not do group crits. They are social occasions that reinforce … Continue reading
About six years ago, my friend Jae Song, a filmmaker, told me, in abject astonishment, that with the new HD cameras just coming on the market it was possible to fit the camera and lighting package for a feature film … Continue reading
When new technologies appear, the instinct is to try and figure out ways to make them the vessels for existing content. But new technologies usually need a new kind of content — or old content wholly re-imagined. When it became … Continue reading
Here's Cory Doctorow, of Boing Boing, on the future of movies, from a recent article at the Internet Evolution web site — an article which deals with the future of traditional media in general:The specific, rarefied animal that is the … Continue reading
An industry that seems to have concluded that its best hope is to dramatize the comic-strip literature of an earlier and more vigorous era is one whose fevers have finally destroyed its nerve. With rare exceptions the pictures coming out … Continue reading
At the end of his life, Leo Tolstoy saw a moving picture show, and wrote this about the new medium: “It is a direct attack on the old methods of literary art. We writers shall have to adapt ourselves to … Continue reading
This is one of the greatest of all Hollywood musicals and one of the greatest of all Hollywood movies. It represents a confluence of virtuosity in a number of different disciplines, principally songwriting, screenwriting, cinematography and directing. It is not … Continue reading
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[Note: This analysis of the extended director’s cut of The Exorcist contains spoilers. If you haven’t seen the film you ought to do so immediately, but you should watch the original theatrical cut first, for reasons I outline below.] In … Continue reading
William Friedkin’s The Exorcist is a hard film to write about. It doesn’t lend itself to any sort of aesthetic analysis because it makes no appeal to our aesthetic sensibilities. There is only one image in the film which has … Continue reading
Gone With the Wind arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina on 26 February 1940. The whole world was abuzz about the film, which was already on its way to becoming the highest grossing movie of all time, in adjusted dollars. (The … Continue reading
Well, new to me, at any rate — it was actually published a year ago at Buddies In the Saddle, the blog of Western enthusiast and scholar Ron Scheer, who has recently published the first volume in his study of … Continue reading