The Black Panther Files

As one of my favorite films of the last decade, Black Panther deserves more than the usual admiring review. So, instead, I compiled these quotes that explore many of the depths of this movie and the passion behind it:---"Despite the difference in style and practice of storytelling, my approach to comic books ultimately differs little from my approach to journalism. In both forms, I am trying to answer a question. In my work for The Atlantic I have, for some time, been asking a particular questio...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, Hollywood, Movies, Danai Gurira, Nazis, Iraq, Boko Haram, Africa, Marvel, US, America, Herb, Afghanistan, Atlantic

"The Logical Extension of Business is Murder": Cosmopolis

"If you have a strange sensation while watching Cosmopolis, a dreadful remove, it's because you are experiencing the end of the world as theory." --Daniel Kasman "I think David [Cronenberg] liked the takes when I had literally no idea what I was doing.” --Robert Pattinson"Eric’s in-dwelling in the super-rarefied world of abstract finance gives him the illusion that the material realm is irrelevant, archaic." --Cornel Bonca"Eric Packer’s world, the world of digitization and cyber-capital, transce...
Tags: New York, Movies, Berlin Wall, Time, Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg, Don DeLillo, Juliette Binoche, Packer, Édouard Carmignac, Holden Caulfield, Eric Packer, Cosmopolis, DeLillo, The Film Doctor, Daniel Kasman

"Revenge of the Giant Face": The Old Testament Judgment of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009)

1) Out in the countryside of Nazi-occupied France, a farmer (Denis Menochet) notices some Nazis driving his way, so he orders the women indoors and takes a moment to wash his face. Colonel Hans Landa (Christof Waltz) walks up, shakes hands with the farmer, and asks if he can join him inside. The farmer says yes even though he is hiding Jewish refugees under the floorboards. Once inside, the Colonel admires the man's daughters, pronouncing "each more lovely than the last." Then he asks for some ...
Tags: New York, Movies, France, Nazis, Billie, Brad Pitt, Charles Manson, Mike Myers, Quentin Tarantino, The Wizard Of Oz, Alfred Hitchcock, Eli Roth, Samuel L Jackson, Tarantino, Bridget, George Saunders

"All of time is now": Luc Besson's Lucy (2014)

1) "The Taiwanese gangsters have just used their massive submachine gun/bazooka firepower to blow open the door of this room. How quaint."2) "Are humans more concerned with having than being? Also, what happened to Thora Birch after Ghost World?"3) "If I am everywhere, then where is my Sandstone Shimmer Maybelline lip gloss?"4) "Every cell knows and talks to every other cell. They exchange a thousand bits of information between themselves per second. Cells join together forming a joint web of c...
Tags: Movies, Time, Paris, Bill Murray, Stanley Kubrick, Luc Besson, Lucy, Adam, Michelangelo, Leeloo, Thora Birch, The Film Doctor

Brad Pitt Portrays Dr. Anthony Fauci on SNL at Home : 'Thank You for Your Calm and Clarity,' Actor Says

Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would want Brad Pitt to portray him on SNL
Tags: News, Entertainment, Brad Pitt, Anthony Fauci

‘Saturday Night Live’ Remote Episode Opens With Brad Pitt As Dr. Anthony Fauci Clarifying Trump’s Comments

Saturday Night Live opened its second remote episode with an appearance by none other than Brad Pitt. The Oscar winner kicked off the cold open as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Pitt's Fauci tried to clarify some of President Donald Trump's comments during the daily White House […]
Tags: News, Entertainment, White House, Brad Pitt, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, Anthony Fauci Clarifying Trump

"Turn Momma's Picture to the Wall": Notes on the Beginning of Hitchcock's Psycho (1960)

1. I love the masterfully cold, manipulative beginning of Psycho, written by Joseph Stefano, in part because it has little to do with the main story at the Bates Motel. The entire beginning is one long red herring designed to make the audience uneasy because they are invited to share in the paranoia of a singularly inept thief.2. "Phoenix, Arizona, Friday December 11, 2:43 pm." Psycho opens with these words appearing on a straightforward shot of the Phoenix skyline before sneaking the viewer pe...
Tags: Movies, Norman, Sam, Alfred Hitchcock, Bates Motel, Psycho, Pat, Phoenix, Tom, PHOENIX Arizona, Marion, Caroline, Hitchcock, Norman Bates, Tom Cassidy, Addams

System Update with Glenn Greenwald: Covid and Civil Liberties

Ed Snowden and Glenn Greenwald discuss "Covid and Civil Liberties"Here's my review of Citizenfour. [Author: The Film Doctor ]
Tags: Movies, Glenn Greenwald, Ed Snowden, The Film Doctor

heavenly links

---Rihanna's iconic makeup tips---73 questions with Anna Wintour---basically, anything to do with Anna Wintour---video clips from movies like The Devil Wears Prada that show off the scary power of Anna Wintour---Guy Debord's "The Society of the Spectacle", which reminds me of the general derangement of Youtube---the new Vivarium trailer---free associating about the mise en scene of music videos with the help of Google---"Sunday links" by Illuminations---watching Shoshana Zuboff discuss her exce...
Tags: Google, Movies, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Anna Wintour, James Corden, Nina Simone, Samuel L Jackson, Peele, Notable film and media links, Shoshana Zuboff, The Film Doctor, Anna Wintour Guy Debord, Helly Shah, Catherine Grant Pauline Kael

Think Freedom by Aretha Franklin and Catherine Grant

THINK FREEDOM - With Aretha Franklin at the Soul Food Café from Catherine Grant on Vimeo.Catherine Grant of the always amazing Film Studies for Free consistently shows how academic inquiry need not be dull. An interesting analysis of the techniques of an excellent video from a cool movie.Also, here's a related link from 2017.Another related link via @openculture about Franklin's film career. [Author: The Film Doctor ]
Tags: Movies, Aretha Franklin, Franklin, Blues Brothers, Catherine Grant, The Film Doctor, Film Studies for Free

Judgment for the Sins of the Father: Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood

Wunderkind director Paul Thomas Anderson first gained notoriety with Boogie Nights (1997), a film about the 1970s porn industry, so I was struck by how his There Will Be Blood, depicts an opposite Victorian world of stringent strait-laced rigor. Loosely adapted from Upton Sinclair’s muck-raking 1927 novel Oil!, Anderson’s screenplay takes Sinclair’s central character, a genial and sentimental wildcat oil man, and turns him into a monster of capitalistic greed. Brilliantly played by Daniel Day L...
Tags: Movies, California, America, Paul Thomas Anderson, Anderson, Paul Dano, Daniel, Sinclair, Plainview, Daniel Day Lewis, Eli, Elle Hunt, Upton Sinclair, There Will Be Blood, The Film Doctor, Sean Fennessey

The Charm of a Gangster: 10 Notes on Public Enemies (2009)

When it came to Public Enemies disappointing critics, perhaps the major problem was the lack of character development which can leave the film feeling, in David Denby's words, "emotionally neutered":"In Bonnie and Clyde, we were clearly meant to warm up to the outlaws—not just to the two lovers but to the entire group, who became an extended, quarrelling family, and also folk heroes, in a Depression-era country both bored and broke. But Dillinger’s popularity is only hinted at in a couple of sc...
Tags: Movies, Robin Hood, America, Indiana, Fbi, Chicago, Roger Ebert, New York Times, Wisconsin, Johnny Depp, Public Enemy, David Denby, Hoover, Nelson, Michael Mann, Daily News

“Writing doesn’t confer importance, it reflects it”: a celebration of Greta Gerwig's Little Women

Likely the best film of 2019, Little Women continues to fascinate. Here's a celebration of its artistry:---the first 10 minutes---"Marriage is an economic proposition."---an interview with the cast---Timothee Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan---Little Women behind the scenes---Women making art---"The 10 Decisions that turned Little Women into a modern movie classic" by Anne Thompson---Florence Pugh discusses working with Gerwig---behind the scenes with Emma Watson---when Meg dances with Laurie---"One ...
Tags: Movies, David Cronenberg, Greta Gerwig, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Meg, Anne Thompson, Laurie, Gerwig, Little Women, Jessica Bennett, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, The Film Doctor, Yorick Le Saux, Saoirse Ronan Little Women

Giddy Hogwarts: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

To review the sixth film of those insufferable preening Hogwarts urchins struck me as equivalent to critiquing a new McDonalds on the edge of town. Wasn't the wand-waving, special effects-laden climax of The Order of the Phoenix unbelievably long? Isn't Voldemort Ralph Fiennes' dullest role? When it comes to today's youth and their reading habits, should their main diet consist of this endless forced preppy wish-fulfillment in the guise of a black-robed geek with his Lennonesque round glasses a...
Tags: London, Movies, Harry Potter, Harry, Mcdonalds, Merlin, Tate Modern, Ralph Fiennes, Voldemort, Dad, Hermione, Phoenix, Potter, Ginnie, Ron, Hogwarts

The Great trailer with Elle Fanning

The Great is bound to be better than The Neon Demon, which proved to be seriously ludicrous. I wrote an extra scene for that film.   [Author: The Film Doctor ]
Tags: Movies, Elle Fanning, THE GREAT, The Neon Demon, The Film Doctor

A Yojimbo and Fistful of Dollars Shot-by-shot Montage

"Yojimbo" and "Fistful of Dollars": Shot-by-Shot Montage from Alejandro [email protected] City on Vimeo. [Author: The Film Doctor ]
Tags: Movies, Yojimbo, Montage, The Film Doctor, Fistful of Dollars, Alejandro [email protected] City

Apple's iPhone SE, Steve Cutts' video Mobile world, and our smartphone dystopia

I like Apple products like the next guy, but it is still interesting to compare a new Apple advertisement for their new iPhone SE: with Steve Cutts' video Mobile World: Which one tells the truth? Should one like @Apple as much now? [Author: The Film Doctor ]
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Movies, Steve Cutts, The Film Doctor, Smartphone Dystopia

73 Questions for Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour is my goddess at the moment. [Author: The Film Doctor ]
Tags: Movies, Anna Wintour, Vogue Magazine, The Film Doctor

staircase links

---The Big Lebowski's dream---the tower sequence of Vertigo (1958)---the Moloch dream of Metropolis (1927)---"She Bop" by Cyndi Lauper---the fight on the stairs in Atomic Blonde (2017)---the stairway shootout in The Untouchables (1987)---the Odessa staircase sequence of Battleship Potemkin (1925)---the milk scene of Suspicion (1941)---the kiss on the stairs of Clueless (1995)---the Escher staircase in Inception (2010)---"Go West" by the Pet Shop Boys---Jagger and Gideon in All That Jazz (1979)-...
Tags: Movies, Madonna, Metropolis, The Big Lebowski, Stairs, Odessa, Wolf, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Jagger, Gideon, Cyndi Lauper, Donnie Darko, Lebowski, Notorious, The Untouchables, Atomic Blonde

Hellmouth casting and crew notes

1) Lupita may be interested  in playing Grady (formerly Beatrice), the heroine of Hellmouth. Some of these major choices will not be something that the studio can negotiate.2) Grady's cat, Sam, who steals so many major scenes of the movie, will be played by an actual cat or cats. Again, if the studio chooses to substitute a CGI cat, I will walk. The film will not be made by that particular studio. We've seen how that works out.3) Kacy will be played by Mila Kunis. Again, non-negotiable, in spit...
Tags: Jennifer Lawrence, Movies, Alfonso Cuarón, Emma Stone, Ralph Fiennes, Ryan Coogler, Sam, Margot Robbie, Mila Kunis, Lupita Nyong'o, Jupiter Ascending, Whitaker, Owen, Lupita, Valerian, Kacy

Super Nineties

I was today years old when I found out they actually did a Hudson Hawk video game back in '91.I probably missed it at the time because I was already gaming on a PC clone and it looks like they didn't do a DOS version. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Games, Guns, Tam, Geekery, Hudson Hawk, My G-g-g-generation

That darn Lio

'Lio' blows it [letter, coronavirus]. Christine Stelloh-Garner, Huntingtown Washington Post April 25 2020 online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/letters-to-the-editor/readers-critique-the-post-a-strange-photo-for-a-serious-subject/2020/04/24/2c1aeeb2-8574-11ea-ae26-989cfce1c7c7_story.html [Author: Mike Rhode]
Tags: Comics, Mike Rhode, LIO, Christine Stelloh Garner, Huntingtown Washington Post

Cavna on cartoonist Chatfield's coronarivus

A New Yorker cartoonist got covid-19. So he drew this public warning. Michael Cavna   Washington Post April 25, 2020 https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/04/25/jason-chatfield-covid-diary-cartoon-comic/ Cavna tells me he talked to Chatfield just yesterday, so he must be feeling better. Because Michael does a grueling interview... [Author: Mike Rhode]
Tags: Comics, Michael, Chatfield, Mike Rhode, Michael Cavna Washington Post, Cavna

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #479 - Carl Barks reprint

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #479, 1980 - Combining new and reprinted material, the main Carl Barks story was first published in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #179. Other artists in this issue include Paul Murry. Find >this issue or more >Barks or >Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issues on ebay. - - - - - - - - - - Home / Barks / Walt Disney's Comics and Stories ebay  >this issue > [Author: Ted Ignacio]
Tags: Comics, Walt Disney, Ted Ignacio, Carl Barks, Walt Disney s Comics, Paul Murry, ebay Home Barks Walt Disney

Sub-Mariner #59 - Jim Starlin cover

Jim Starlin Sub-mariner v1 #59, 1973 - During the 1970s, Bill Everett made a brief return to Sub-Mariner, the character he created in the 1940s. Here he provides the cover inks in a classic battle between Sub-Mariner and Thor. Jim Starlin's pencils are nearly overwhelmed by Everett's inking, but his dynamic figure drawing still comes to the fore. Note how both super-heroes are given equal [Author: Ted Ignacio]
Tags: Comics, Marvel, Superhero, 1970s, Everett, Ted Ignacio, Jim Starlin, Bill Everett, Starlin, Sub Mariner, Jim Starlin Sub, Thor Jim Starlin

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