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Tag: YouTube

Brilliant new video essay from Dan Olson. Big surprise that it’s not really about flat Eartherism… but it’s also exactly about that. #video

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The National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra (I didn’t even know we had one, but there we are!) in a special performance for the socially distanced Hotter than July festival. (I’d prefer if it were strictly instrumental but that’s just me.) #video

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Dan Olson breaks down a prime example of the wrong way to construct a film. But there’s still a question left unanswered: if so much of The Snowman’s issues derive from lack of time and/or budget, why was the film so rushed in the first place? What marketing or other constraints dictated the poor creative decisions, and why? That’s the untold story I want to know. #video

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Harris Bomberguy and Shannon Strucci essay the concerns with rewriting cultural history that the concept of the ‘director’s cut’ provokes. And there’s more than could be explored; for instance, how much is Coppola’s ‘final cut’ of Apocalypse Now derived from a creative motive (a need to right ‘wrongs’) or a profit motive (successful wine business aside, he hasn’t made a relevant film for decades, but people still love Apocalypse Now, so…). #video

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Posting this more for its latter-half review of Midsommar — and its very fair criticism — than its brief intro to folk horror, which is conspicuously absent the films of Ben Wheatley as a recent contemporary take of the folk horror genre. #video

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An affecting portrait of the voice of combat sports, Mauro Ranallo. #video

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