Shrunken Cinema

From Eccentric Flower



I am not a film critic.

I just like writing about movies sometimes. Sometimes what I have to say about a particular film or set of films seems to stand on its own, outside of my journal or other portions of this site, and then I put it here. This doesn't happen very often, so don't assume these pages are updated frequently.

The Heavy Bondage and Termite Terrace projects are large, multi-page works which are bodies unto themselves. They're listed before the other random essays because they're why most people come here. "The Shrunken Cinema" is at the top because it explains the peculiar point of view of everything here. The rest of the essays are arranged chronologically, with the oldest at the bottom.

As of October 2010, these pages are being moved from at long last. The domain will redirect here once I move the Bond pages (which are non-trivial to move). If you want the Bond pages in the interim, go there.


The Shrunken Cinema »
Why these pages exist.

"There is a good and bad side to Short Attention Span Home Theatre, and both sides are exactly the same. (Sort of Zen, isn't it?)"

Heavy Bondage »
More 007 than you may have ever wanted.

"His job is to poke people, irritate them, cause trouble and massive explosions. His job is to make a mess and see what happens."

Termite Terrace »
A cultural concordance for Warner cartoons.

"Ideally we'll still be showing these now seventy-plus-year-old cartoons to our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren because they're still entertaining and funny - and in that respect they age well; but there's another aspect to them, the aspect where they reflected upon and parodied the culture of their times - and that aspect threatens to be lost."

The Turn »
And hopefully not the screw.

"Oh, I'm sure it's fun for a filmmaker to pull the rug out from under the audience and watch them squirm, but it's not so much fun for the audience. That's why the good Turns, though they may change the plot, don't usually change what an audience has come to expect about a character."

Dark Victory »
A tale of two cities, one of them Dark.

"Our collective impression, when we'd finished watching the film, is that we had been cheated by bad promotion and/or bad buzz: We both wished we had seen it in a theatre in 1998."

Kiss Kiss Squirm Squirm »
What's become of the screwball comedy?

"I made it through this film because it pulled off the trick: It made me want a happy ending for the protagonists, it made me care what happened to them and their romance. But an ounce more of the humiliation and pain, and I would have had to stop caring about them just to save myself."

Canon Fodder (Part One) »
All definitive lists are spurious.

"Note that 'most significant' does not mean 'best' or 'most popular' or even 'most influential.' Some of the films may be all three of these, but not all of them are - indeed, some films in The Canon aren't objectively very good."

My Heroes Have Not Always Been Cowboys »
But sometimes I wish they still were.

"For any audience that is not masochistic, there is simply no incentive to plunk down good money to see a film consisting entirely of wholly detestable people."

Film Critics (Guilty Pleasures) »
Early thoughts on a skewed view.

"How do you win that particular lottery? And what kind of hubris does it take to assume that other people are interested in hearing what you think about a particular movie?"
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