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Raising Kael: On Pauline Kael's Controversial Criticism of Citizen Kane | Literary Hub
"Was Orson Welles's “Shallow Masterpiece” Just a Comic-Book Newspaper Comedy?"
movies  film  cinema  newspaper  drama  genre  history  classics 
december 2019 by tsuomela
Get Realer — Real Life
"If CGI makes anything possible, why has it led to so many remakes?"
cgi  movies  cinema  franchise  capital  nostalgia 
october 2019 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
The Dune in our Heads - Boing Boing
"A problem crops up when filmmakers try to adapt epic fantasy worlds to the big screen—particularly beloved, richly-imagined literary ones. Sacrifices must be made. Characters are cut, and plotlines are re-routed. Scenes and places don’t match what readers have pictured with their minds. Fans of the original book cry foul. In the case of director Alejandro Jodorowsky, he had a vision for Frank Herbert’s masterwork Dune that was so over the top, so surreal (and, at times, so absurd), it probably would have blown the minds of critics before they had a chance to grumble."
sf  fiction  movies  adaptation  imagination  history  literature  influence 
march 2014 by tsuomela
The Flying Snowman in Science Fiction Films like "Star Trek" - AMC Blog - AMC
"That's my term for implausible elements or events in science fiction or fantasy works that throw you out of the story, even if you've accepted other, previous implausible elements or events. I got the term after my wife, who was reading a storybook to our daughter in which a snowman came to life, ran about, and even ate hot soup, objected to the idea that such a snowman could fly. She could handle a snowman spontaneous gaining life, but flying? That was going too far. "
sf  fiction  belief  art  movies  experience  psychology 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Thank the Academy
"A visualization of how Oscar winners express gratitude."
movies  data  visualization  gratitude  emotion  rhetoric  entertainment 
march 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
"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
davidbordwell.net : 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
Rocky and the New Populism | Front Porch Republic
"Rocky became the big success story of 1976, winning at the box office and at the Academy Awards. Audiences could identify with the film as it at once gave expression to the frustrations and the ideals of many Americans—it pointed to what had gone wrong with the nation even as it pointed toward the ideals Americans invested in their nation. In 1976 many people yearned for a renewed sense of pride in the United States even as they had come to distrust their government and the many elites who, they believed, had brought it to ruin. In the coming years many Americans looked for leaders who understood their point of view, who could take America out of the hands of various elites, and who could project an image of a strong and prosperous America. This new populism made possible a political realignment that sundered the New Deal coalition that had dominated American politics since 1936."
culture  intellectual  history  american-studies  america  1970s  movies 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The Lie of Star Wars as Entertainment « Whatever
"So let’s not pretend that the Star Wars series is this great piece of entertainment.

Instead, let’s call it what it is: A monument to George Lucas pleasuring himself. Which, you know, is fine. I’m happy for Lucas
title(StarWars)  entertainment  mythology  writing  filmmaking  movies 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The Visceral Politics of V for Vendetta: On Political Affect in Cinema - Critical Studies in Media Communication
"This essay concerns the role of political affect in cinema. As a case study, I analyze the 2006 film V for Vendetta as cinematic rhetoric. Adopting a multi-modal approach that focuses on the interplay of discourse, figure, and ground, I contend that the film mobilizes viewers at a visceral level to reject a politics of apathy in favor of a politics of democratic struggle. Based on the analysis, I draw conclusions related to the evaluation of cinematic rhetoric, the political import of mass art, and the character and role of affect in politics. "
communication  culture  movies  politics  rhetoric 
may 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
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