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Sat, Apr 21, 2007

Shining The Feel Good Movie of 1980

YouTube justifies what Metaphilm readers have known all along... Shine On, You Crazy Diamond.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: 21 Apr 2007 ::: 20:47 ::: [0] comments ::: [1162] views ::: link
Sun, Apr 01, 2007


Metaphilm has upgraded its back-end software from pMachine Pro to Expression Engine. This is now complete. Please visit us on the new system. Sorry for any broken links. The new Atom/RSS feed is here. (RSS 2 is here). This old feed will be discontinued in a little while.

phlog ::: from editor ::: 01 Apr 2007 ::: 16:21 ::: [0] comments ::: [500] views ::: link
Mon, Mar 19, 2007

Is Sandra Bullock the Cure for the Common Cold?

Dave White's compelling interpretation of the psychosomatic relationship between Sandra Bullock's films and the viewer's health.

phlagrant ::: from publisher ::: 19 Mar 2007 ::: 10:47 ::: [0] comments ::: [562] views ::: link
Mon, Mar 12, 2007

This Is Not Happening

This Is Not Happening.
This Is Not Happening.
This Is Not Happening.

phlagrant ::: from publisher ::: 12 Mar 2007 ::: 17:00 ::: [1] comments ::: [642] views ::: link
Mon, Feb 26, 2007

How Many Great Films Does A Guy Have to Make...

...To Win A Goddamn Oscar? Answers Here.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: 26 Feb 2007 ::: 17:14 ::: [0] comments ::: [674] views ::: link
Tue, Feb 20, 2007

Marshall McLuhan: Film Critic, Political Strategist

Rod Dreher bites into media ecology, at long last...

"Cultures shaped by the printed word prized logic, reason and dispassion. But a global culture conditioned by television – which is to say, by the power of sound and image – to process information a certain way, Mr. McLuhan taught, will revert to pre-modern modes of thought. It will be more emotional, more tribal, less trusting of traditional authority and more inclined to privilege individual judgment. And it will have more political and religious extremism.

If you want to see what can happen to leaders who don't understand the political effect of the revolution in consciousness Mr. McLuhan prophesied, go see the Oscar-nominated film The Queen. The drama, which concerns a crisis in the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is a McLuhanesque parable of how traditional authority and the power that comes with it can slip through the fingers of those who don't understand how television and mass media have utterly transformed everything they've touched."

phlog ::: from publisher ::: 20 Feb 2007 ::: 12:14 ::: [4] comments ::: [794] views ::: link
Fri, Feb 02, 2007

A Bright Guilty World

Film noir, neo-noir, now this: Sunshine Noir. Oh, and while we're at it, "Robert Altman was a great pothead". Thanks to David Velasco for the Artforum links.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: 02 Feb 2007 ::: 07:31 ::: [0] comments ::: [705] views ::: link
Mon, Jan 29, 2007

Star Wars Meets YouTube

Unlike our earlier Matrix link, this fan-created film actually has a bit of humor and style in it. Subsequent episodes aplenty.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: 29 Jan 2007 ::: 14:53 ::: [0] comments ::: [1072] views ::: link
Sun, Jan 21, 2007

The Matrix Meets YouTube

"You think that's air that you're breathing?" Thanks, um, to Bob Gates for the link, we think.

phlagrant ::: from publisher ::: 21 Jan 2007 ::: 22:03 ::: [0] comments ::: [971] views ::: link
Wed, Jan 17, 2007

David Bordwell Speaks, But Is Not Seen

Film students everywhere will want to listen in on Annie Frisbie's podcast interview with omnipresent film text author David Bordwell as he answers her questions regarding cinema, YouTube, and related cineminutiae. Sound quality is not that great due to what seems like Prof Bordwell's phone, but that may be simply a function of UW-Madison's ancient telephony - the whole thing lends itself to the pre-existing undergraduate perception that the professor is, in fact, a disembodied voice narrating the movie of our times...cinematic! Thanks to Annie Frisbie for the link and the interview.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: 17 Jan 2007 ::: 09:59 ::: [0] comments ::: [796] views ::: link
Fri, Jan 12, 2007

Chewbacca: Matchmaker, Mythkeeper, Main Character

It's 2007 and nearly a full thirty years since the original Star Wars came out on May 25, 1977. In light of Episodes 1-3, you owe it to yourself to finally and fully understand the significance of Chewbacca (and to a lesser extent, R2-D2). Keith Martin stands up to the task of reinterpreting post-prequel Star Wars brilliantly. Thanks to Scott Greider for the link.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: 12 Jan 2007 ::: 10:17 ::: [0] comments ::: [2393] views ::: link
Wed, Nov 29, 2006

Get Happy, Get Bliss

If you don't have time to watch Modern Times, Citizen Kane, Brazil, The Wall, E.T., the Australian satire Bliss, Office Space and The Matrix, then steal a few moments to watch More, the stop-motion-animated film that captures the message of those films with the density and essentialness of a zen koan. In the age of time compression, look for this as the trend of future filmmaking: two years to make a six-minute masterpiece that is itself a condensation of 70 years of filmmaking.

philm shorts ::: from publisher ::: 29 Nov 2006 ::: 04:54 ::: [0] comments ::: [3416] views ::: link
Mon, Oct 30, 2006

Lloyd Cole, Film Interpreter

Perennial hopeful-yet-melancholic Lloyd Cole has a new album out, Antidepressant, which is worth noting to Metaphilm fans for the song, Woman In A Bar, which is a fine tribute to both Lost In Translation as well as Girl With A Pearl Earring. Opening lyrics:

Idealized vision of a woman through a smoke-filled,
twentieth-century screenplay, advancing,
Toward protagonist with paperback and beard,
manifestly failing, to disappear.
Now that the children are asleep, you want to play,
But you're so lazy...
She walks into the bar,
There you are.
Still life watercolour Woman In A Window...

Other films seem to be referenced, which your publisher has not seen, and then later in the song, Cole admits what his true obsession was all along:

No longer angry,
No longer young,
No longer driven to distraction,
Not even by Scarlett Johansson.

quotes ::: from publisher ::: 30 Oct 2006 ::: 08:43 ::: [0] comments ::: [2648] views ::: link

The Meatrix Has You

The sequel to The Meatrix is now up, and it's Revolting. Must-see for Matrix fans and organic farmers (and the foodies who love them) everywhere.

phlog ::: from publisher ::: 30 Oct 2006 ::: 08:39 ::: [0] comments ::: [1082] views ::: link
Wed, Sep 20, 2006

This Comes Highly Recommended

This comes highly recommended, from several sources.

phlagrant ::: from publisher ::: 20 Sep 2006 ::: 11:14 ::: [0] comments ::: [1228] views ::: link
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