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
The first 8mm projector I ever owned. My parents bought it for me around 1964 at a Super Giant in the Washington, D. C. area. This was a branch of a local grocery chain that also sold consumer products. It … Continue reading
Try to make things better for someone, sometimes, you just end up making it a thousand times worse. – Bob Dylan There have certainly been a lot of extraordinary cable TV series in recent years — series with arresting concepts, … Continue reading
. . . but first they drank wine and talked about movies. Click on the image to enlarge.
Today I realized who I needed to dedicate my short novel Circus to — a silent film star, whose image from an old movie poster graces the cover of the book, above. He played a clown in two of my … Continue reading
The first of the Godfather films cost 6 million dollars and has to date grossed 133 million dollars, making it one of the most profitable films of all time. It was the highest-grossing film in its year of release and … Continue reading
Joseph Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra, from 1963, has a terrible reputation, and it’s richly deserved. It suffers primarily from the sin of good taste — from creatives choices meant to avoid excessive vulgarity, to suggest sophistication and intellect. God forbid! These are … Continue reading