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Star Wars gets its own board for obvious reasons, but I thought I'd make a space for some other films I've written about, but also for writings on movies more generally.

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In Hollywood films serial killers occupy lairs filled with magazine clippings, sketches, curios and bizar trophies (think & Silence of the Lambs), they deliver manifestos and preach - exactly like avant-garde (and would-be avant-garde) artists. Avant Garde Artists, Se7en, Serial Killers, Lambs, Films, Movies, In Hollywood, Deep Thoughts, Archive

The Architecture of Serial Killers

A few years ago I was seated next to a guy at a dinner party, where I had been introduced as an artist from New York. It was somewhere f...

Richard Serra, Hand Catching Lead The installation of Christian Marclay, 24 Hour Clock Christian Marclay'. Christian Marclay, Richard Serra, Afraid Of The Dark, The Darkest, Archive, Movies, Art, 2016 Movies, Films

Who's Afraid of the dark? Not Christian Marclay.

Richard Serra, Hand Catching Lead (196?); The installation of Christian Marclay, 24 Hour Clock (2010) Christian Marclay'...

American History X The Pruitt-Igoe Myth I often use the word "apartheid" to describe pre-Civil Rights America. American History X, Apartheid, Couple Weeks, Film Director, Civil Rights, White Walls, The Past, Archive, Felt

White Walls, Apartheid (an aside)

American History X (1998); The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) I often use the word "apartheid" to describe pre-Civil Rights America. I have, ...

The Architecture of Inception: Combat Archaeologies - Utopia, Phalansteries, Cartesian Towers, and favelas; Towers, Cinematography, Archaeology, Archive, Knowledge, Architecture, Movies, Slums, 2016 Movies

The Architecture of Inception: Combat Archaeologies

Combat Archaeology In a discussion of the methods he laid out in his book, The Archaeology of Knowledge , the French philosopher Mich...

The Art of History - Some thoughts on the "truth claims" of Argo, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and even Les Mis. Avatar Maker, Django Unchained, Argo, 8 Bit, Lincoln, Archive, Cinema, Star Wars, Thoughts

The Art of 8-Bit History

Luke Skywalker filtered by 8-bit Avatar Maker "What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetori...

'Sin City' and 'The Dark Knight Returns' writer Frank Miller speaks his mind about comic book films based on his work. Frank Miller Comics, Dark Comics, Dark Knight Returns, John Edwards, Batman The Dark Knight, Batman Dark, Sin City, Comic Artist, Feature Film

300: racist war propaganda with septic timing

Growing up, my mother's Greek ancestry was a personal lode star, a point from which I was able to get my bearings in the world. I read the myths, memorized the names of gods and heroes, and took pride in a people's accomplishment, as if they were my own. This is the sort of thing that some boys do when they are a bit lost. When they are afraid, ...

Why I like Christian Marclay's Clock - I can easily understand why someone may dislike or be bored by Clock, I am totally flummoxed however, as to why anyone who takes contemporary art seriously, or their role as a commentator of art, would show contempt for a work of this quality. I am not an art critic. What follows is not a review, these are the associations I made; the fun I had as an artist watching the work Christian Marclay, Critic, Contemporary Art, Archive, Clock, Film, Artist, Movies, Watch

Why I like Christian Marclay's Clock - I can easily understand why someone may dislike or be bored by Clock, I am totally flummoxed however, as to why anyone who takes contemporary art seriously, or their role as a commentator of art, would show contempt for a work of this quality. I am not an art critic. What follows is not a review, these are the associations I made; the fun I had as an artist watching the work

Bill Cunningham New York Between The Folds I saw the Bill Cunningham documentary the night before last, and last night w. Bill Cunningham New York, What Is Great, Art World, Documentaries, Counter, Things I Want, Archive, Times, Artist

I Want To Be An Old Artist, But Movies Are The Art Of Our Times.

Bill Cunningham New York (2011); Between The Folds (2008) I saw the Bill Cunningham documentary the night before last, and last night w...

 Patrick Stewart playing Gurney Halleck as the war hero of Dune. Movies d. Circles, Collaboration, Theory, Fence, Scale, Archive, Army, Names, Film

Movies Are The Art of Our Times: A Theory

Ed Harris playing Jackson Pollock as the genius of the Hamptons; Patrick Stewart playing Gurney Halleck as the war hero of Dune. Movies d...

(Part "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!" - Representations of penises, this time in Hollywood movies. In Hollywood, Sons, Archive, Elephant, Star Wars, Movies, Animals, Art, 2016 Movies

“Dick, Dick, Dick, Dick; Dick, Dick, Dick.” - Part 3 "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!"

Peter Jackson's, Lord of The Rings (2001) (Return to Part 2 ) Despite the fact that I was never a Tolken fan - or even much int...

This is a short mash up my friend Teddy Gage digitally altered for me. It is a snipet of footage taken from Robert Smithson' s film Sp. Robert Smithson, Spiral, Archive, Crystals, Movies, Art, 2016 Movies, Films, Crystals Minerals

Spiral Jedi (Video)

This is a short mash up my friend Teddy Gage digitally altered for me. It is a snipet of footage taken from Robert Smithson' s film Sp...

Diegetic Cinematography - In most films we understand that everything we are seeing is non-diegetic vision. That the perspective we are shown is from an invisible point within the fictional universe we are watching. The actors are not supposed to acknowledge the camera, because the characters are not supposed to be able to see it. Chronicle was made by, and for, the generation who was sitting in homeroom when the World Trade Center was attacked. Its cinematography reflects that experience. World Trade Center, Films, Movies, Cinematography, Perspective, Archive, Universe, Star Wars, Characters

Diegetic Cinematography

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Sunshine Ignites the Sun - Danny Boyle’s Sunshine is a surprisingly effective appeal to identify with suicide bombers. But in his film Boyle has engineered a narrative that frames secular science as the True Belief that drives the faithful. Future Earth, Frames, Archive, Star Wars, Science, World, Movies, The World, Films

Sunshine Film Ignites the Sun

Danny Boyle's Sunshine is a surprisingly effective appeal to identify with suicide bombers. But in his film Boyle has engineered a narrative that frames secular science as the True Belief that drives the faithful. Sunshine tells the story of a future earth that circles a slowly dying star, and a concomitant mission to save the world by dropping a ...

2001:Play Time - I suspect there is a relationship that exists between Jacque Tati's film, Play Time, and George Lucas' original Star Wars film. No one has told me this, and I can't find a single mention of Tati by Lucas, but Play Time bridges a gap between Star Wars and a film that Lucas does site as an influence: Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Star Wars Film, George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Visual Communication, Bridges, Gap, Archive, Relationship, Neon Signs

2001:Play Time

I am home from a symposium on visual communication called Look Better where Jordan Tate (who has a great blog ) invited me to prese...

Primer - a short video that explains American Post War abstract art in terms of Star Wars (the two line up eerily well). Two By Two, Abstract Art, Archive, Star Wars, American, Movies, 2016 Movies, Films, Starwars

Primer

I cannot figure out how to embed video any larger than this, I suggest watching this full screen. Above is a primer that explains American...

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