Saturday, March 5, 2011

Legend of the Fist and other links

---"Under Cover of Darkness" by the Strokes

---the Machete title sequence

---Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange

---the evolution of Anonymous

---technical terms of the intelligentsia:

"Promoting Democracy verb (use w/ target country) installing a government friendly to our interests in another country.
Freedom Fighters noun a proxy terrorist army that we support
National Interest noun the interests of the ultra-rich, particularly those in the U.S.A.
Stability noun (used referring to other countries) subordination to US power interests (or "the national interest") -> Usually achieved through war against the population.
Example: "We should promote democracy by supporting the freedom fighters in Nicaragua because it is in America's national interest to promote stability in Central America."
Translation: "We should send weapons to a proxy terrorist army that murders civilians to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicaragua, for the benefit of U.S investors and to intimidate other countries into doing what we say."

---Super trailer

---Citizens United vs. the FEC

---an interview with The Social Network's editors:

David likes being on the technological forefront of filmmaking—shooting digitally, editing in Final Cut. How does that impact the editing process?

Angus: When I switched to Final Cut, it made me rethink how I work. It forced me to re-invent things. I love it because it’s so flexible. It doesn’t force you into a way of thinking about editing.

Does all this technological change amount to a revolution in filmmaking?Angus: God, yeah! I think having these rigid departments, and this very strict division of labor, is a twentieth century notion. If you talk to people coming out of school these days, they do everything. We as editors try to keep up with that. David shoots digitally, so, unlike with film, we don’t have a lab. There are four or five people in post-production and we do what 25 or 30 people used to do in the film world, which is a huge revolution.

It makes you leaner and meaner?

Kirk: It makes you very fast. Today for example, I got a phone call from Fincher at seven in the morning saying, We’ve got an actress here who needs to go back to France, but I’m not going to release her until I see an edit of the scene we shot yesterday. I’ve got my hands on the footage by 8 o’clock, I’ve put all the selects together while David’s filming, and by 11:30 I’ve got him selects of everything from the day before. He goes, Love it, love it, no, yes, and by 5 o’clock, in between set ups, he’s looking at an edit.

That’s a pretty break-neck pace.

Kirk: The way David shoots, he likes to see the edits as he’s progressing. The assembly process of his movies can be almost as stressful as being on set because it’s always based on time. But we’ve then got 4 months to go through and fine-tune and decompress.

Angus: There’s not as much time as in the old days of, Well, we've got to wait for the machine, let’s go take a coffee break. What it means is the creative process is taking the time, not the logistical process, and that’s the good thing.

Are you nostalgic at all for old methods of cutting on film?

Angus: Honestly? No."

---Detention trailer

---Hokahey of Little Worlds considers John Wayne

---"The Battle for Control, " info-paralysis, and the underlying goal of social media:

"As always with social media, the goal is to get you to invest enough of yourself in someone else’s proprietary network so that you become trapped by it. Then the company can hold that part of yourself hostage if you object to the way they whore it out."


---"Cherchez La Femme Fatale" and @filmstudiessff's "Refashioning the Femme Fatale? Gilda in Motion"

---Legend of the Fist trailer

---the Dardenne Brothers discuss their filmmaking process

---analyzing Dr. Seuss:

"But the real political message of the books concerns family dynamics. Writing in 2002, Henry Jenkins, director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT, asserts that Seuss “reflects a larger current in American progressivism during this period, which saw the home and family as thebirthplace of a more democratic culture.” In the 1950s, the patriarchal, because-I-said-so approach to child rearing was being replaced (at least among the educated) with a different style of interaction, in which parents set boundaries for their kids, but also let them explore and experiment. Dr. Spock explained the theories; Dr. Seuss brought them to life.

“Seuss felt that the best children’s stories acknowledged and worked through children’s anger toward parental rules and that, in doing so, they respected children’s innate sense of justice,” Jenkins notes. “Seuss seems to be getting at the absurdity of adult demands which run counter to children’s natures, parental expectations which transform innocent behavior into misconduct.”

---"A Declaration of Cyber-War" by Michael Joseph Gross

---Source Code and quantum physics

---Rebekah Frumkin explains "Why it's particularly important to read David Foster Wallace"

---lastly, the red band trailer for Rubber

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