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Linkdump for September 23rd

by Rob Friesel

Maximus Clarke talks with William Gibson about his “speculative novels of last Wednesday” by Maud Newton (via B²) (tagged: williamgibson fiction scifi interview writing ) George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay at Binary Bonsai (via B²) (tagged: starwars Chewbacca creativity design film essay todo ) jQuery Regular Expressions Review (Rev:20100921_1700) via @rmurphey (tagged: regex […]

Linkdump for August 27th

by Rob Friesel

Death to Humans! Visions of the Apocalypse in Movies and Literature: Scientific American via @johnjosephadams — though I take issue with: [1] how many movies there are (since so many movies are usually so bad); [2] The Andromeda Strain (whose scale is hardly apocalyptic); and [3] that Adams' The Wastelands collection is missing! (tagged: film […]

3D cinema and depth-of-field

by Rob Friesel

With 3D turning into a big draw for box office films now1, and with Sony claiming they’ll put in our living rooms by the end of the year, I’ve had a few conversations now about the 3D effects and whether/not they “feel right”.  Most folks seem to agree that if you let go and relax […]

Linkdump for December 31st

by Rob Friesel

Crafting Subtle & Realistic User Interfaces At Flyosity (via JR) — re: “what exactly is button?“ (tagged: ui ux Essay todo ) What storytelling risks could Avatar have taken? at B² — having had about two weeks to unpack it now, I must say that I feel similarly. I hope to put together a more […]

Linkdump for October 19th

by Rob Friesel

Rashomon at rogerebert.com (via DF) (tagged: film cinema culture Rashomon Kurosawa essay ) Observations: Evolution details revealed through 21-year E. coli experiment via /. — E. coli evolution FTW! (tagged: evolution news ) Wall Street Smarts Another one via DF (at NYTimes.com): “Did you ever hear the word ‘derivatives’?” he said. “Do you think our […]

on Robocop

by Rob Friesel

When you walk away from Robocop, there is a temptation to describe it as a Dickian film. Certainly the elements seem to be there:  a man with a subsumed identity and a concealed past, struggling against forces larger than him—perhaps even controlling him—in a bleak dystopian future setting.  The looming megacorporation that wipes out his […]

redux: Deadwood as creation myth

by Rob Friesel

Coming to Deadwood‘s anti-climactic finale last night, I decided to append a few follow-up notes and thought questions to my earlier assertion that the show was David Milch’s attempt at a purely American creation myth: Upon further reflection, Milch is attempting some important inversions on the creation myth paradigm.  We’ve already discussed how his women […]

Deadwood as Milch’s attempt at a purely American creation myth

by Rob Friesel

Work with me here:  When David Milch hallucinated the opening scene to what would become Deadwood, when he gathered up his personal assistant(s) into a darkened room and reclined on the couch to spill forth from his amygdala exactly what he was seeing beyond his third eye, he was leaking his fever-dream vision of a […]

haiku movie review: Aguirre: The Wrath of God

by Rob Friesel

descend from Andes descend to utter madness wrestle with monkeys Great film.  Stunning.  Epic.  Masterfully shot.  Surreal.  Insert more superlatives here. However, when your primary film-selection criterion for the evening is “which one is shortest?” — well, this one may leave your jaw unpleasantly unhinged.  Bewildering. Will watch again.  When I’m more serious about it.