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The Experimental City - Home
"The Experimental City is a documentary about the Minnesota Experimental City project, a futuristic attempt to solve urban problems by creating a full-size city from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota."
film  urban  city  state(Minnesota)  1960s  utopia 
7 weeks ago by tsuomela
I’ll Be Watching You
Review of Dragonfly Eyes by Xu Bing. A film made up of surveillance footage.
review  surveillance  film  movie  cinema 
july 2018 by tsuomela
How John Wayne Became a Hollow Masculine Icon - The Atlantic
"Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero By Nancy Schoenberger Nan A. Talese / Doubleday Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart By Scott Eyman Simon & Schuster"
books  review  american-studies  culture  film  cinema  history  20c  biography 
november 2017 by tsuomela
Bluebird Man | One man's remarkable role in the successful recovery of bluebirds.
"Bluebird Man is a half hour documentary film about bluebird conservation and citizen science.  The film focuses on the efforts of 91-year-old Alfred Larson, who has been monitoring and maintaining over 300 nestboxes for bluebirds in Idaho for 35 years."
citizen-science  documentary  film  ornithology 
october 2015 by tsuomela
Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls
Connects Lawrence to Clara Bow, Carole Lombard, and Jane Fonda.
film  history  culture  feminism 
february 2015 by tsuomela
The Birdcage «
"How Hollywood’s toxic (and worsening) addiction to franchises changed movies forever in 2014"
movies  cinema  film  filmmaking  economics  novelty 
january 2015 by tsuomela
Q&A with Erkki Huhtamo | The MIT Press
"The moving panorama was a highly visible form of education and entertainment for the nineteenth-century people. In the very basic sense, these words refer to huge rolls of painted canvas that were unrolled in front of an audience. A lecturer interpreted the scenes, and the atmosphere was heightened by live music and sound effects. To make the moving pictures livelier, they were often illuminated by dioramic "special effects.""
book  interview  19c  history  media  film  visual  fads  archaeology 
may 2013 by tsuomela
Technopolis: Why so few utopias in science fiction cinema?
"By: Langdon Winner (This is a talk I gave at a panel on science fiction at the conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Copenhagen, October 19, 2012.)"
sf  fiction  film  cinema  movies  optimism  utopia  dystopia  pessimism  imagination  future 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Men of Stahlhartes Gehäuse: Or, The Dark Knight Rises on Followership — Crooked Timber
"The problem is that the Nolan brothers don’t just want a story about the self-realization of powerful individuals – they want a story with a theory of politics. Specifically, they somehow need to connect the struggles among a tiny number of exemplary (in positive and negative senses) elite actors to the Matter of Gotham – the teetering back and forth of the city between chaos and fragile political good health."
title(Batman)  interpretation  criticism  film  movie  politics  aristocracy 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Initial verdict on The Dark Knight Rises: - Acephalous
"This is easily the least accomplished film in the trilogy. Batman Begins is the most structurally sound (in narrative terms) and thematically coherent of the three: Nolan orchestrates his narratives such that they advance forward in time, indepedently, as they build Bruce Wayne into a believable character. The Dark Knight is structurally and thematically chaotic by design: Nolan can't seem to decide which scene belongs where (but cuts to it anyway) and is so indecisive about the film's argument that I can plausibly claim that it's all about dogs. But that structural and thematic anarchy is acceptable in a film that belongs to the Joker: form follows content and the both are better for it. The Dark Knight Rises shares its immediate predecessor's commitment to structural tumult and thematic incoherence but lacks a compelling motivation for doing so. "
title(Batman)  interpretation  criticism  film  movie 
july 2012 by tsuomela
‘The Dark Knight’ is No Capitalist…
"If The Dark Knight Rises was supposed to be an attack on Occupy, it’s a failure, and even if it’s settling for vague anti-populism, it sucks at that too."
title(Batman)  politics  film  movie  interpretation  fascism 
july 2012 by tsuomela
"Avenge me! AVENGE ME!" - scanners
"When I say superhero movies aren't taken seriously (by critics, fans or filmmakers), I don't mean that people aren't invested in them (analytically, emotionally, financially) but that, as we've been saying year in and year out about certain kinds of fantasy-action-science-fiction blockbuster attempts since the late 1970s, they're more like amusement park rides (and they eventually become those, too) than movies. Superhero partisans do indeed take these pictures seriously, but only insofar as "seriously" can be interpreted to mean "lacking a sense of humor." "
cinema  movies  film  comics  genre 
may 2012 by tsuomela : books
"“It was the biggest upheaval in film exhibition since synchronized sound. Between 2010 and 2012, the world’s film industries forever changed the way movies were shown.”

This is the opening sentence of Pandora’s Digital Box: Films, Files, and the Future of Movies. Written in lively and accessible language, it tells the story of how the recent revolution in film projection came about. It also situates the digital change in the history of American film distribution and moviegoing."
book  e-books  digital  cinema  movies  film 
may 2012 by tsuomela
VES Honoree and Effects Guru Douglas Trumbull on How Technology, Spectacle Can Rescue Hollywood - Hollywood Reporter
"My experience has shown me that in spite of the fact that there’s incredible genius in this room, with these master craftsmen that are really holding up the tentpoles and making these amazing visions that everybody wants to see, the latest amazing thing, amazing monster, amazing place, whatever it is, there are some structural problems inside the motion picture industry and the entertainment industry, which is that the studios who are producing and distributing the content have virtually no technological infrastructure inside their management structure. They rely entirely on third-party purveyors of special services, whether they’re actors, directors, or special effects people, and so they don’t really understand the technology of their own medium."
movies  film  cinema  arts  technology  business  distribution 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Teaching STS with "A fist full of quarters" - Installing (Social) Order
"One way I teach students the philosophy of science is by using the documentary "The King of Kong: A fist full of quarters.""
sts  science  philosophy  teaching  film  movie  pedagogy 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Onward Christian soldiers, at 24 frames per second
"I don’t go to the movies to be preached at. Few people do. But there’s a sizable number of a certain sort of conservative Christian who will only go to the movies if they know they’re going to hear a sermon. When I want to go to church, I go to church. These Christians want everywhere they go to be church. They need the constant reassurance that church provides."
religion  film  movies  evangelical  conservative 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Taking Barack To The Movies
"I am a British writer and critic living in New York. I have written two books, Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Summer (Simon
weblog-individual  movies  film  cinema 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The Pictorial Arts: Visualists
Design images and drawings from original TRON
visual  design  movie  film 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Self-Styled Siren: Intimacy at the Movies
Some contemporary films do cast a marvelous spell for me; Avatar, the aforementioned NYFF films. I want to see more that can do the same. But if I want a film to speak to my most secret Siren soul, something to forget my life and the venue and possibly even the day of the week and whoever is sitting next to me, I'm looking at immensely better odds if I go pre-1960. Casual intimacy for me usually comes in black and white or Technicolor. Or sepia. Or Color by Deluxe. I've been intimate with sepia and Deluxe.
movies  film  cinema  black-and-white  1h20c  classics 
november 2010 by tsuomela
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