"Hollywood's pathological fear of being political has made them blind
to the changes that women's friendships have undergone over the last forty years. We're so far past women's relationships revolving around men that no one is even offended by the suggestion that women have relationships that don't revolve around men. Bridesmaids
was a smash among women AND men, and so was [Paul] Feig's follow-up, The Heat
, another female driven, non-romantic comedy." (Hat-tip: Mick LaSalle
) [more inside]
Suffice it to say, Persepolis is quite a work. It’s a testament to the power of the graphic novel. The art’s simple linework helps the story feel unpretentious and direct. Persepolis was adapted as a 2007 French animated film, written and directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Among other honors, it was nominated for an Academy Award. Why would someone want to ban such a book?
After 65 Years The Hollywood Reporter addresses its role
in the hollywood blacklist
, including an apology
from W.R. Wilkerson III, son of THR founder Billy Wilkerson whose "A Vote For Joe Stalin" editorial named writers such as Dalton Trumbo
, Lester Cole
, Howard Koch
and John Howard Lawson
as communist sympathisers.
"Aaron Sorkin is why people hate liberals."
The writer of Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60
and The Newsroom
makes Alex Pareene's Hack List
Welcome to the testing room of the Parallax Corporation's Division of Human Engineering. [more inside]
Though the posters and trailers
promise quality performances, Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar
seems intent on skirting certain issues
in the former FBI director's personal life. The JEH Foundation is already denying the "rumors" louder than ever
, but so far there's little indication that they've got anything to fear beyond a little hand-holding
. QUEERTY asks: if Clint Eastwood is cool with homos, why is he freaking out
about J. Edgar
not being a gay movie? Despite the tame promos, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black insists that the gay subplot makes up "about a third" of the story
. Meanwhile, an upcoming memoir by former Hollywood pimpster Scotty Bowers
is rumored to contain a firsthand account of a gay weekend getaway with Hoover and company.
From 1935 to 1951, Time Magazine bridged the gap between print & radio news reporting and the new visual medium of film, with March of Time
: award-winning newsreel reports that were a combination of objective documentary, dramatized fiction and pro-American, anti-totalitarian propaganda. They “often tackled subjects and themes that audiences weren’t used to seeing
— foreign affairs
, social trends
, public-health issues — and did so with a combination of panache and subterfuge that today seems either absurd or visionary.” (Previous two links have autoplaying video.)
By 1937, the short films were being seen by as many as 26 million people every month and may have helped steer public opinion on numerous issues,
) America’s entry to WWII
. Video samples are available at Time.com,
the March of Time Facebook page
and the entire collection is available online, (free registration required)
at HBO Archives. [more inside]
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
(1980) [part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] was the film which ended Robert Altman’s relationship with Twentieth Century Fox, the studio for whom he had made M*A*S*H. ... During the editing of the film Altman’s main supporter, Alan Ladd Jr., left the studio and release was shelved. Altman distributed the film himself to the festival circuit. ... But it has never been released on VHS, DVD or BluRay and thus remains one of the least seen of Altman’s ouvre. This is unfortunate as it is a very entertaining film, even if it falls short of its ambitions as a political satire.
Ronald Reagan disagreed - calling it "the world's worst movie".
The Life Zone
is an anti-abortion suspense thriller about three women who are kidnapped and forced to carry their pregnancies to term.
Adding images to words makes things easier to remember.
The 14 defining characteristics of Fascism as a flash movie. I know, I know, it's been discussed quite a few times at MeFi, but I only post this as Thursday fun. Only. Really. Fun.
What do The Passion of the Christ
, Team America
, and The Incredibles
have in common? They're all among the Top 20 Conservative Films of 2004 according to the Liberty Film Festival
. Naturally, they have a blog
. Recent entries include free advice for the Oscars, like having Rush Limbaugh emcee
The Manchurian Candidate remake
has all the makings of a cunning piece of republican political propaganda. The most obvious theme of the movie warns a politician war hero is a danger to the country.
The movie has all the makings of a good thriller. However, the script and screen play are so heavily slanted the movie comes across as a commercial just like other movies geared towards one political ideal.
Unused Audio Commentary By Dinesh D'Souza and Ann Coulter,
Recorded Spring 2003, for Aliens
Special Red-State Edition DVD, Part One and Part Two
Warner removes peace symbol from What A Girl Wants ad.
Terrified of the "political" content of a young lady flashing the peace symbol, Warner has removed it from their new ads. The movie, incidentally, was hardly agitprop. It was only a teen movie featuring a young lady goofing off on the poster. If this isn't overly cautious, then just how paranoid will movie studios and marketers get?
"All democracies turn into dictatorships -- but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it's Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea... It isn't that the Empire conquered the Republic, it's that the Empire is
the Republic." George Lucas talks about the politics of his new Star Wars films
Roger Ebert savages "John Q." for general dumbness
yet agrees with the message: we should have socialized health care. Steve MacLaughlin, however, details how the film greatly misrepresents medical and health care reality
just to make its point -- and he fears that Joe Popcorn is going to absorb it as political education. Given that the film is set in the present day, rather than some fictional dystopian future, is this artistic license or irresponsible oversight? Perhaps libelous propaganda?
Lee Atwater - The Movie
Yep, coming to your town will be a film based on the career and life of Lee Atwater, former Republican national chairman and (insert description here).
Jay Mohr is set to star as Atwalter, no word on who will be playing Willie Horton.
.... AWAY, AWAY
- site for what looks like an interesting film on the Confederate flag debate. Be sure to check out the video clip.