Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Film Doctor's second anniversary

Two years ago today, the Film Doctor started posting reviews, including this one concerning Children of Men.









Some links:

---apocalyptic real estate

---Raquelle shares Robert Mitchum's appearance on What's My Line

---Cinetrix considers punk Islam

---media dependency

---futuristic communications with walls

---community-based filmmaking, The Cosmonaut, and Chuck Tryon's response

---the awkwardness of the overpopulation debate:

"Thus far, consuming via baby-making has been a no-judgment zone for most Americans, even the most "green" among us. Babies sure are cute. And creating a family is a complex, highly personal art. Many mothers I know say that having a child is the most miraculous experience they've ever had. Turns out, harsh as it sounds, that it's also one of the most environmentally irresponsible.

It's easy to understand why we don't weigh these public ramifications in our procreation decisions, but it doesn't make it right."

---Stephen Frears and Tamara Drewe

---Iron Sky?

---Dan North and the Simpsons' trip to the moon

---the consequences of eating crap:

"A bit of historical context: The fast food industry was "revolutionized" and came to world dominance while Soviet communism was collapsing. And corn was the cornerstone of that revolution. In critiques of "our national eating disorder" that inspired the makers of King Corn, Michael Pollan observed: "If you take a McDonald's meal, you're eating corn . . . It holds together your McNuggets, it sweetens your soda pop, it fattens your meat . . . So when you're at McDonald's, you're eating Iowa food. Everything on your plate is corn." This is true of most fast foods and processed foods. One can begin to think about commercial U.S. culture as "corn-fed" in a broader sense: corn-fed culture has fueled the rise of a particular sort of American politics and economics during the "globalization" process. Vandana Shiva (1993) may describe the fast food empire as an imperialistic "monoculture." But for many U.S. citizens, the proliferation of McDonald's in Moscow and East Europe was proof of the "end of history" and a cause for triumphalist celebration. To be sure, McDonald's became a locus of considerable resistance: the French saw the proliferation of U.S. fast food chains as a threat to family farms and localized food cultures. But in a public sphere in which the interests of industrial food and American military might are often conflated, fast food franchises became a default symbol for freedom. American soldiers during the invasion of Iraq expressed dismay that the Iraqis had "nothing" in comparison to the liberating Americans, where even in the smallest of towns, fast food eateries were ubiquitous."

---The Breaking Winds cover Lady Gaga

---search results and recent changes in journalism

---Marilynne Robinson contemplates the mystery of consciousness

---lastly, Bellamy and Howard discuss Hitchcock's decidedly not minor To Catch a Thief

9 comments:

Ibetolis said...

Congrats! Two years. That went fast.

Here's to many more to come.

Hokahey said...

Good show, FilmDr. Glad you're around. I like your stuff.

Steven Santos said...

Congrats on the anniversary!

Dan North said...

Well done on making it to the two-year mark. Keep up the great work!

We must have started at almost exactly the same time, but I usually count my anniversary from when I set up camp at Wordpress. Unfortunately, that went live on September 11, so it seems insensitive to ask people to celebrate my blogging efforts....

JUS said...

Congratulations Doctor!

I've enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to years more!

FilmDr said...

Thanks, Ibetolis. It has been awhile. I remember, back in the day, I used to write longer, more thorough posts under your influence. Thanks, Hokahey, Steven, Dan, and JUS.

Jason Bellamy said...

Happy anniversary, Doc! Keep it coming...including the links! I always find something of interest.

Craig said...

Sorry I'm late to the party. Great pieces, great links. Happy anniversary!

FilmDr said...

Thanks Jason and Craig. I'm still learning from your example.