Monthly Archives: November 2013

To Turn on Prophets or Turn a Profit, That is the Question

9 Sep 2013: University Inc (Vimeo stream, 1999, Kyle Henry) Though for the first ten minutes or so this documentary looks to overload the viewer with sensory bombardment – multiple textual credits scrolling at once while multiple voice-overs blend into … Continue reading

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Y Diós

8 Sep 2013: Biutiful (DVD, 2010, Alejandro González Iñárritu) Many serious critics I respect, both professional and amateur, seem to find the work of Iñárritu morose, sentimental, contrived or exploitative, and I can’t disagree; even when he breaks free of … Continue reading

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A Black-and-White Perspective of the Economic Crisis

25 Aug 2013: Madea’s Witness Protection Program (DVD, 2012, Tyler Perry) Too much on the minstrelly side, but not quite terrible. People respond to broad humor, but this leans too much on idiocy, buffoonery (e.g. white people poorly imitating black … Continue reading

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Remember it Well

5 Sep 2013: Gigi (DVD, 1958, Vincente Minnelli) This has the color, the romantic charm and the style of the other work of Minnelli I’ve seen – but, perhaps because this I watched on digital disc, unlike the others with … Continue reading

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A PC TV Movie

2 Sep 2013: Broadcast News (DVD, 1987, James L. Brooks) After an atrociously reductive and trope-heavy opening sequence, this movie improves a great deal at drawing characters and presenting complex relationships, but it still in the end feels like an … Continue reading

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The Pain in Spain

1 Sep 2013: The Place Without Limits (DVD, 1977, Arturo Ripstein) Some striking art direction and color palettes as well as effective use of wide lenses make this film cinematographically rewarding to a certain degree, and the exact relations between … Continue reading

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The Prima Donna Pre-Minnelli

29 Aug 2013: Gigi (DVD, 1949, Jacqueline Audry) This is “just” a DVD extra for Vincente Minnelli’s much more famous version, which I haven’t seen yet, but although light it’s quite well made and acted. Watching it provokes the thought … Continue reading

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