Category: industrial media

Dark Satanic Mills of Mass Production…

This Faustian pact has been the undoing of many great artists, many more journeymen and more than a few of my good friends. Add to this volatile mixture the powerful accelerant of emerging digital technology and all hell breaks loose. What I have witnessed happening in the last twenty years is the aesthetic equivalent of the Industrial Revolution in the…

Cinema of Control

I want to repeat, and keep repeating, that I am not anti-MacroCinema. Many big movies have been formative experiences in my life, and occasionally I still see one that impacts my perspective on the world in a powerful way. All the more reason, I think, to continue to discuss the ongoing and evolving role of MacroCinema in global culture. Most…

“The Phenomenon of Popularity”

But there’s an extra phenomenon that arises from major releases—the phenomenon of popularity. The very fact that a movie captures the interest of millions of viewers is a mark of its makers’ creativity. Popular success is no random flick of the finger of fate, but the result of a combination of ability and acumen—which, however, isn’t the same thing as…

The Wisdom of Charlie Kaufman

People all over the world spend countless hours of their lives every week being fed entertainment in the form of movies, TV shows, newspapers, YouTube videos and the Internet. And it’s ludicrous to believe that this stuff doesn’t alter our brains. It’s also equally ludicrous to believe that — at the very least — this mass distraction and manipulation is not convenient for the…

Re-Printed

(digitally) …by The Line Media! And I heard, incidentally, that the essay on Minnesota Playlist has been viewed over 1000 times, with an average page visit of 7 minutes – which is a lot of time for anyone to spend in one place on the internet. Some people have been very positive about the piece, some people have made comments…

Rigidity and Fear

Yet another article about the impending doom of Hollywood Blockbuster, forwarded along by my friend John Heimbuch. Also not the first time I’ve heard this particular comparison: As with prepackaged food, exportability and shelf life are now primary virtues. The product Hollywood is selling right now keeps better if it contains as few organic ingredients as possible — whether organic…

Endarchy

endarch adjective, Botany 1. (of a primary xylem or root) developing from the periphery; having the oldest cells closest to the core.  1895-1900; end- + -arch having a point of origin (as specified)      -dictionary.com In the long-term effort to figure out how to talk about my work as a filmmaker, the idea of control comes up again and…

Alexander Payne

On why he keeps returning to Nebraska to make movies: [Payne] told me, “Fellini used to say, ‘They’ve asked me to go to America many times to make films. But I don’t know how they drive there—I don’t even know how they hold their coffee.’ I kind of felt that way. Here in Nebraska, I feel comfortable with the details.…