Monthly Archives: November 2010

Dispatches From Middle America

A Semi-Brief and Personal Account of One’s Fandom, Liberated Like all good, sports-loving Americans, I was born and raised a loyal follower of my regional squads: Bears, Hawks, Sox, Bulls (as Serengeti might say). Having spent my entire life in … Continue reading

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This Must Be The Place

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Spent this ice-cold morning watching Anthony Mann’s terrific The Man From Laramie (1955), which has me entertaining ideas of ‘home’ on this particularly family oriented day, but maybe that’s for another time or for Jimmy Stewart to … Continue reading

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Seven Seconds or Less: Shadows in Paradise (Aki Kaurismaki, 1986)

I’m assuming ‘shadows’ and ‘paradise’ are relative terms in this case, and in the department of irresistible word association one might imagine this film alternately titled Stranger Than Paradise. “Life’s a bitch, and then you die,” comes to mind when … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light

The dust has settled a bit in the wake of Saturday night’s nuclear assault, and while we can rest easy for now, we might not ever be the same. No, I don’t expect Blake Griffin to go apocalyptic every single … Continue reading

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“FEAR EATS THE SCOLA” LINKS -Larry Granillo constructs a periodic table for the Baseball Hall of Fame over at Wezen Ball. -Mara Altman brings us up to date on Whit Stillman in this wonderfully long profile/interview over at First Things. … Continue reading

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Seven Seconds or Less: Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter, 1976)

To call John Carpenter’s sophomore effort lean and effective is both too much praise and not enough, and the film’s long history of being viewed through the frame of Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo (1959) is equally as complicated. The basic … Continue reading

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Against Interpretation: Aramis Ramirez, The Kuleshov Effect, and The Sports Viewing Experience

“The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena: the Videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye. Therefore, the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. … Continue reading

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