The review below takes an approach and tone worthy of the material, demonstrating a critical manner reminiscent of Bazin, particularly in considering the film within the context of Shrader's body of work and artistic nature. Shrader is apparently not slowing down or falling under the weight of age anymore than Bresson did. I could argue that this film coupled with First Reformed, his last directorial/writing effort, represent some of his finest accomplishments as an auteur. As someone that holds Bresson's films, Notes on the Cinematographer, and the Taxi Driver script as sacred precedents of filmmaking, may I say, extraordinary work, sir. I look forward to what comes next.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
"An image must be transformed by contact with other images as is a color by contact with other colors. A blue is not the same blue beside a green, a yellow, a red. No art without transformation" - Robert Bresson
From: Notes sur le Cinematographe/Notes on the Cinematographer (1975)
Sunday, September 12, 2021
So, in my opinion, opinions mean absolutely nothing. Well, absolutely nothing as far as useful dialogue or cognitive consideration or problem solving or creativity or personal evolution or evolution of any sort, or really anything of substance or purpose at all. However... opinions are fun. They're fun to share and banter about with friends and peers and they're fun to sling around in casual socialization, but that's about as far as the usefulness goes. Doesn't mean I don't enjoy the hell out of some good ole opinion banter, as long as we all know that none of it REALLY matters. Inevitably, someone, usually a big David Fincher or James Cameron or Oliver Stone fan, goes and gets the idea that their opinion matters and ruins the fun for all. We're not going to do that here. We know our opinions don't mean a thing, and we rejoice in that freedom and knowledge.
So, with that classy clarification of my general outlook on opinions and their modest purpose at best, I begin this fun little series of random and poorly thought out "top 10" lists. I've always made a point to veer away from such things, just like thumbs up/thumbs down art critique, but both seem inevitable when pop culture intrigue stirs. The dirty and apologetic truth is, I really like "best of" lists when done well, but like good reggae outside of Jamaica, that's rare. With full awareness of my own aimlessness, I enter into this pop culture/film/media nerd venture, well... because I'm a pop culture/film/media nerd, no matter how hard I try to validate myself as a cinephile, filmmaker or academic. Really I'm just a big ole film nerd.
Enjoy our very first Opinionfest installment. By the way, the general standard for my high opinion of Show Intros is typically based on one of three things, or all - it could stand alone as an experimental short film, music meets image, and the tone it sets in relation to the show.
Top 10 TV/Streaming Show Intros or Title Sequences
10. Rick and Morty
9. True Blood
5. The Wire
4. The Expanse
Extra Special Mention: Fishing With John
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Check out the article below. I've been waiting for an excuse to post this ever since it popped up on their website.
Link: NPR: 25 Years Later: Was 1993 The Greatest Year In Music?
umm, of course it was - one of my personal favorites at least. So much authentic, innovative music at one moment that includes and extends beyond what is discussed in the article. Extraordinary year in so many genres and sub genres, from rock (um, grunge?) to metal to punk to hip-hop to jam band (felt obligated to include), and so much more.
Monday, December 31, 2018
My wish for 2019: We open ourselves to brighter, slower days filled with something new and real - with our eyes open, minds alive, actions forward, and resistant as necessary. With love is not without action, and so we move on with hope, but not without realism, ration and experience to direct us.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Images of Interest - 'Visionary, Not Reactionary': Artists Take Political Commentary To Streets And Skies
|Since targeting the current administration in his art, 74-year-old Robbie Conal has never been more prolific.|
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
|VAFF two years back - I was privileged enough to be in attendance.|
A taste of this year's program:
That should be about enough to get some energy brewing for the film lovers out there. I'm getting down right giddy after finally figuring out my four day schedule. Well, mostly - still some tough debates on unfortunate overlaps for me. Not a terrible problem to have.
I will be writing more about the 31st Annual Virginia Film Festival, 2018 as a featured festival in upcoming posts. It is held in my city of residence, Charlottesville, VA, much of it walking distance from my home. No surprise, it's my favorite time of the year to be a local.
The films have been announced and tickets went on sale yesterday - Monday, 10/08 at noon. Some films have sold out, but most screenings still have tickets available. The program looks dense with quality and intrigue, and there is more than enough for any film lover, cinephile or film student alike to fill a full festival experience. There are also plenty of good choices for those that want to dip in for just a film or two.
Yaaaaay! It's film festival time in my home town.
Links: VAFF Homepage and 2018 Program Announcement
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Politics Meets Humanity - Sen. Jeff Flake Confronted by Protesters Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote - Media with Purpose
Now, I also want to note the truth seeking ability of the camera's eye, and the infinite strength of media when driven by noble forces. The camera offers the peoples' voice amplification like nothing else can, if we use it.
Nothing really needed be said. Just watch.
Link: NPR - WATCH: Assault Victims Confront Jeff Flake After He Says He Will Vote For Kavanaugh
Monday, September 24, 2018
Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast: Ep.19A - VAFF 2017 Special Pt. 1
Tod and Cullen make their triumphant return to podcasting with the first half of their 2017 Virginia Film Festival coverage!
Part 1 includes general comments on the festival, plus discussion of the following screenings:
Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)
Magnum Opus (Elliott, 2017)
Lighthouse Studio Shorts
Shadowman (Jacoby, 2017)
Downsizing (Payne, 2017)
Shelter (Riklis, 2017)
Tonsler Park (Everson, 2017)
Birth of a Movement (Gray & Cram, 2017)
Word is Bond (Jenkins, 2017)
Krystal (Macy, 2017)
Ismael's Ghosts (Desplechin, 2017)
The Lodger (Hitchcock, 1927)
Stay tuned for episode 19B, featuring discussion of the second half of the festival.
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Link to: Arts & Crass: The Highbrow Lowbrow Film Podcast
That's right, we're back! Visit the Links above to listen to the new episode as well as episodes 12-15 (not posted on this blog). Episodes 16-18 are recorded and simply sitting in editing backlog, and Episode 19B - VAFF 2017 Pt. 2 will be released very soon, so keep an eye out.
We are also making plans to record more new episodes as we speak, including extensive coverage of the 2018 VAFF. Hooray!
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Note from biab: Sometimes it takes a Goliath to bring down Goliath. The world we created is more complex and unjust than i typically care to imagine. Strange times bring strange allies.
“Feels Like Summer” by Childish Gambino http://smarturl.it/n3g9db8 tour tickets and merchandise available at http://www.childishgambino.com/ Directed by Donald Glover, Ivan Dixon & Greg Sharp
First the video for "This is America," and now this... Looks like we may have one of those rare savvy but honest artist types that realizes the medium of music and video can be so much more than a promotional ad or MTV rag (i think that channel still exists?). Bravo, Mr. Glover. I hope you keep going with it - challenging the status quo.
And, of course, he is a legit A-town artist. I have to show some special love for the artists of Atlanta, one of the most formidable stomping grounds of my young adulthood.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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