Greetings friends –
Just wanted to remind you that I’m working ’round the clock to provide the best Hot Docs coverage I can muster. I’ve got six reviews up at Sound on Sight – and you can expect a lot more in the week ahead!
Hope to see you there!
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Dear Anagramsci Readers–
Hope you’ll consider following my coverage of Hot Docs 2013 for Sound on Sight magazine. You can find a complete round-up of my pieces right here (and I’ll be doing a fair bit of tweeting as well, as @milescoverdale). I’m planning to see (and review) more than 20 of the docs on the festival docket – and I’ve been fortunate to receive several advance screeners of the documentaries, so things are already well under way!
Good afternoon friends!
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Dear Anagramsci (and Motime) Readers:
Please note that my new culture-blogging home is right here (at Sound on Sight Magazine). I’ll be writing about comics, movies and maybe even television, at some point. At the moment, I’m winding up my press coverage of the Toronto Silent Film Festival (which it has been a real privilege to attend). Hope you’ll bookmark that first link – or at least check in on what I’m up to over there, from time to time.
And don’t hesitate to comment, quarrel (I’ll be making it a priority to respond promptly!) and share these pieces with others!
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I’ve been spending a lot of time on Craigslist lately (looking for new places to live) and discovering all over again what a cultural studies goldmine that place is. The experience has put me in the mood to revive an old idea of mine — i.e. translating some of the choicest “Missed Connection” pleas/vague threats into reasonably objective discourse.
Expect to read these on a fairly regular basis from now on (they’re a lot quicker to write than my King Vidor posts!).
We’ll kick things off with a little gem from my current town of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
Our eyes met ar walnut grove pool this afternoon/evening….you are the tall gorgeous swim teacher…i was awkwardly flying down the slide with my two little neices and saw you there…we locked a few other times and shared a smile or two.. I hope to see those stunning eyes and long black hair one more time..
I hope the kid in your class gave you my note…if not ..maybe just maybe we will connect again.
If this person had any self-knowledge, the post might have gone a little something like this:
Walnut Grove Pool… You should probably find another job, because I’m never going to leave you alone – mstalkw – 23
I couldn’t help ogling you while you were trying to teach kids how to swim today. I’m a creepy, physically spastic uncle who often drags my adorable nieces to public places where it is acceptable to go semi-nude in an attempt to convince the women I see there that I’m good, solid boyfriend material. You shot me a few worried glances and nervous smiles, and this only served to stoke the fire of my one-way desire for your bikini clad bod. I also like your eyes and long black hair – I hope you don’t get that restraining order right away, ’cause I’d like to see ‘em again. Next time I’ll snap pictures so I can make you my screensave sweetheart.
Did you like the way I forced a little kid to mess with your pedagogic dynamic by getting him to treat you like a piece of meat instead of a figure to be respected and heeded? I’ve got a lot of other tricks like that up my sleeve, so don’t go getting comfortable, you hear?
Posted in Series: The Guerrilla in the Missed Connections | Tagged Craigslist, Missed Connections, Popular culture, Romance | 1 Comment »
More fascinating stuff (or, at any rate, stuff that I find fascinating) from the Photoplay digital archive (this one’s from January 1935).
I guess the mid-1930s public was so accustomed to new technologies gutting the star system that they had begun to expect these purges as a matter of course. Personally, I’d love to see some alternate-reality Singin’ in the Rain about a world in which actors are winnowed out of the spotlight by their unsightly blemishes. (Of course, color-discrimination had been going on in Hollywood and everywhere else in America long before any new filmstrip processes were invented.)
The story continues here and here.
Turns out the article is actually more concerned with forcing readers to accept the idea that good films don’t have to be made in black and white…
Posted in Film, Series: Photoplay It Again Dave | Tagged Becky Sharp, Miriam Hopkins, Singin in the Rain, Technicolor | Leave a Comment »
Since Vertigo is certainly on a lot of people’s minds these days, I figured I might as well resurrect this characteristically demented post from a few years ago…
Originally posted on Anagramsci:
Oil up your rubber plant leaves, we’re in for a vertiginous afternoon…
Inspired by David Cairns‘ wonderful Vertigo post, I took another look at the film (a longtime favourite) last night. And today, as fate would have it, I find myself in possession of the power and the freedom to do something about it.
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I’ve been having an obscene amount of fun with the Media History Digital Archive of Photoplay! I think I’ll start posting some of my fanzine findings here, between those colossal (in length and jpg usage, if nothing else) King Vidor posts (I should get to The Patsy later this week).
Today we have a pair of potted reviews dealing with Helen Chandler (a personal tragic favourite of mine) releases from 1931.
First up: Bela Lugosi’s magnificent Hollywood breakthrough (although you’d never know it from this still and write-up). I’ll be talking about this one at length during the course of my Laemmle Jr. Universal series.
I guess vampires don’t cast their images in fanzines either?
And second, one of my favourite early 1930s romances, Jacques Feyder’s criminally underseen Daybreak.
Posted in Series: Photoplay It Again Dave | Tagged Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Dracula, Helen Chandler, Jacques Feyder, MGM, Photoplay, Ramon Novarro, Tod Browning, Universal | Leave a Comment »