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October 31, 2010

Recommended Viewing: Lake Mungo

Netflix: Lake Mungo Lake Mungo is basically what you'd get if documentarian Errol Morris shot a horror film: beautiful, well-paced, eerie, evolving complexity that is deeply human, with a single good (well-earned) cat scare. Most horror films are plot-driven, and thus--between running and screaming--ironically can offer only a short-story's worth of narrative. By focusing on character, Lake Mungo manages to explore novelistic complexity while hewing to the standard 87-minute horror-film format. Really well done. I love horror, but am not so into gore, body-horror (I'm looking at you, Human Centipede, District 9!), or torture-porn (which, in and of itself, I find simultaneously boring and ethically troubling). Lake Mongo is uncanny and creepy, with no gratuitous gore, and no need to parade a deep, casual (and tiresome) contempt for all of creation--especially human dignity--that's somehow becoming the artistic norm. (See Mojo's recommendation of Lake Muno over here.)

October 14, 2010

The Three Glee Theory

Glee isn't one show: it's three. It has three creators who are the writers and each writer has created their own universe that their version of Glee exists in. Characterization and plots across all of Glee may look sloppy and inconsistent, but if you think of them as occurring in three separate but parallel universes then everything makes sense. The 3 Glees -- Cultural Learnings
It [is] written entirely by its three creators – Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan – but all three of those creators also seem to have wildly different ideas of what the show is. Murphy…is most interested in making the show a funhouse mirror version of an afterschool special. Brennan…is most interested in the sadness buried down at the core of the show’s concept. And Falchuk…is most interested in pulling the two approaches together in a hybridized fashion while deepening the teenage characters on the show. Since Todd first theorized the “3 Glees,” the show has continued to cycle through the three writers, and their approaches continue to differ quite wildly. Many consider this to be one of the reasons the show seems to have a case of multiple personality disorder, and thus it is worth investigating further. This page will not delve too far into the theory, but it will present the information in such a way that one can visualize how each Glee is stacking up.

October 11, 2010

Banksy tags The Simpsons

YouTube - Simpsons NYMag.com: Banksy tags "The Simpsons"
The British graffiti artist storyboarded the opening sequence of tonight's episode. (The video is now posted on his YouTube channel.) His name is spray-painted on all sorts of surfaces, including the wall of a school in Springfield that looks more post-apocalyptic than usual, but that's nothing compared the extra minute of animation he added, which journeys into a hellish dungeon-like factory where Gregorian choirs chant in the background and laborers mass-produce Bart Simpson dolls. Seriously.

October 07, 2010

Ridley Scott adapting Dick's "Man in the High Castle" for BBC TV

Holy. Crap. I *adore* this book. Ridley Scott to return to work of sci-fi icon for BBC mini-series | Media | guardian.co.uk
Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is returning to the work of the late Philip K Dick, to executive produce a BBC TV adaptation of the US sci-fi writer's novels. Howard Brenton, the playwright and Spooks writer, is adapting Dick's Hugo award-winning dystopian novel The Man in the High Castle into a four-part BBC1 mini-series. Set in a future where the Axis forces defeated the Allies in the second world war, the drama will be co-produced by Scott's independent production company Scott Free Films. Scott's credits include Blade Runner, the science fiction movie loosely based on Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe