Monthly Archives: December 2013

Worth of a Worker

1 Oct 2013: Capital (Ch. 19, “The Transformation of Labour-Power into Wages,” 1867, Karl Marx) Again clarifying the previously-sensed fuzziness of classical economics’ conception of terms and categories, here as pertains to labor and wages. Marx lays out the division … Continue reading

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Stooges’ Lewd Prenuptial Nubile TV Jubilee

1 Oct 2013: A Brideless Groom (DVD, 1947, Edward Bernds) Of the three films on the Seven Chances DVD that use the chaos of the myriad eager brides, this is the one that goes furthest not just in obviously racy … Continue reading

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Manhattan Chase to the River Bank

1 Oct 2013: How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the New York Herald Personal Columns (DVD, 1904, Edwin S. Porter) One of the earliest films I’ve seen, and probably the earliest complete one. Essentially all of it is … Continue reading

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5,000 Brides for a Single Brother

30 Sep 2013: Seven Chances (DVD, 1925, Buster Keaton) The most rawly invigorating movie I’ve seen in a while, at least as far as constant breathless energy is concerned. I both guffawed and melted into tears while seeing Chaplin’s The … Continue reading

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Gangland Style Gone Mainstream

29 Sep 2013: Gomorra (DVD, 2008, Matteo Garrone) Apart from a couple of extremely long shots (trucks rolling into a hazardous waste quarry, for one example) and sometimes colorful lighting (tanning booths, strip clubs), there is little visual distinction here … Continue reading

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British Grit

26 Sep 2013: High Hopes (DVD, 1988, Mike Leigh) I’ve responded strongly to all of the few Mike Leigh films I’ve seen thus far, but this is the one that feels the richest and warmest. To my taste the music … Continue reading

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The Neverending Legacy of the Reverend

26 Sep 2013: King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (DVD, 1970, Ely Landau) Though it feels familiar and rehashed just because so much of what it consists of has been often seen before (speeches, riots, songs), as a sustained … Continue reading

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