Archive for category: Links

The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of August 21

21 August, 2015 (11:02) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“De Sica was an expert on the subject of being disregarded. His characters are invisible persons made visible to us. The lack of what would be, to others, very small sums of money drives them to desperation; the loss of a bicycle can destroy a whole life. Harried by oppression and poverty, his protagonists fall […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of August 14

14 August, 2015 (12:14) | by Bruce Reid, Links | By: Bruce Reid

The new issue of feminist film journal cléo arrives, with a focus on camp. Among the writers quoting Susan Sontag are A. Mistry on how Bollywood’s employment of camp values “creates a cultural and linguistic bridge that can be meaningful when struggling with the tension of growing up between identities” in the Indian diaspora; Willow […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of August 7

7 August, 2015 (00:05) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

“Malick’s three historical epics can be seen as extensions and refinements of the cinematic techniques and philosophical concerns initiated during the laborious filming and editing process for Days of Heaven (1978). Indeed, this was one of film critic Roger Ebert’s chief criticisms of The Thin Red Line; Ebert believed the film was uncertain and derivative. […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 31

31 July, 2015 (10:52) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

“‘I die in Iron Man,’ says Sayed Badreya, an Egyptian man with a salt-and-pepper beard. ‘I die in Executive Decision. I get shot at by—what’s his name?—Kurt Russell. I get shot by everyone. George Clooney kills me in Three Kings. Arnold blows me up in True Lies…’ As Sayed and Waleed and the others describe […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 24

24 July, 2015 (10:36) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

“Dickey wrote a long speech for himself to give as the sheriff. And Boorman was such a clever man and brilliant filmmaker he told him, ‘When you start this speech, you have to come to the front of the hood of the car and say that paragraph. Then come over to the window and talk […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 17

17 July, 2015 (11:17) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

“It’s important to read the first lines of the 1933 Maurice Walsh story on which the movie was based in light of the preceding two decades of revolutionary violence, and the generational curse of silence, disillusion, and suspicion that violence inspired…. The tone of those first lines muffles the triumphant peal of the story’s last […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 10

10 July, 2015 (09:59) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

“At any given moment, the Packard labs are working on several different titles, all at varying stages of completion. During my visit, this list included Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein; a one-reel sound film called Old Man Trouble; a 1951 commercial for Durkee’s Famous Sauce (starring Buster Keaton); and Fred Wiseman’s 1967 documentary about the […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 3

3 July, 2015 (09:40) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

A pair of legendary Hollywood hotels have their colorful history recounted. Kirk Silsbee runs down the scandalous past of Alla Nazimova’s Garden of Allah retreat, where the parties were so constant John Barrymore used to ride between the bungalows on a bike, lest the walk take time away from his drinking. (“New York drama critic […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of June 26

26 June, 2015 (09:54) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

When he first suggested I come to Ghana, I was too weak to climb stairs and said, ‘Do you want a corpse on your hands?’ Later I decided I’d be fit to travel, with one proviso: if I brought a wheelchair, someone would push me around. The answer came back: ‘A wheelchair will get you […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of June 19

19 June, 2015 (08:13) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

“James Agee, Harold Lloyd, and John Ford all named it as one of their favorites, although they couldn’t agree on the title or director, and no one remembered the boxing match, just the pie fight. As Henry Miller (yes, that Henry Miller) put it, ‘There was nothing but pie throwing in it, nothing but pies, […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of June 12

12 June, 2015 (08:57) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Obituary / Remembrance | By: Bruce Reid

“The Western is a genre that, more than any other, has been connected to white chauvinism, but it’s also the only genre that, during its heyday, consistently gave the impression of the United States being what it actually was and is—an ethnically diverse polyglot experiment in democracy in which misunderstandings and outrages abounded and violence […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of June 5

5 June, 2015 (10:29) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Watching all this, Hersh would note how savvy Ryan was politically; [Paul] Newman was always seeking advice on how to handle certain questions, but not Ryan. ‘He didn’t have to be educated about what the best thing to say about the draft was. And there was never blowback on anything he said. Newman would sometimes […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of May 29

29 May, 2015 (09:04) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

At 4 she had to improvise her way off a burning movie set when the route she was supposed to take through the flames was accidentally set ablaze; by 10 she estimates she was worth about 4 million dollars (what her parents didn’t spend a business manager stole); by 17 she was unemployable, a relic […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of May 22

22 May, 2015 (08:51) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Considering the very personal tone of Dreams and that Kurosawa was 80 when he finished it, it’s hardly surprising that the film meditates on the balance of life and death. Yet this thematic crux is articulated not as a simple, binary opposition, but as an intricate intertwining: death-in-life and life-in-death.” Godfrey Cheshire has a lovely […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of May 15

15 May, 2015 (09:27) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“So if a question that might have some pertinence for the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s, “Why do the French love Jerry Lewis”, can be superseded by a question pertinent to the next four decades, “Why do the French and the Americans love Woody Allen?”, the fact that the first question continues to get posed while […]

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