I wrote briefly in a previous post about how much I love movie posters. I’ve been wanting to write more about them but had a hard time coming up with the best way to approach it, until now. I come across a lot of posters that I immediately have problems with, can’t believe the low … Continue reading One-Sheet Quick-Takes: Round 1
[Full Disclosure: I have only seen one movie with Armie Hammer: Mirror Mirror.] Am I the only one who experienced an Armie Hammer Conundrum? Let me explain. As I referenced briefly in an earlier entry about the film geek, I tend to have a pretty good recollection of actors’ names and faces. However, every now … Continue reading My Armie Hammer Conundrum
I recently read a film review, which I’ll discuss more below, and wanted to jot down some thoughts that I’ll probably return to and expand later. A lot of this connects back to issues I've discussed before. Do you know about Feng Xiaogang? He’s widely referred to as the PRC’s “Box Office King,” with almost … Continue reading BACK TO 1942 or: FLOWERS OF WAR 2
I am a fan of Keanu Reeves. The Bill and Ted movies and cartoons were a childhood favorite. Speed blew my mind, and I’ll never forget that movie’s score. I walked out of The Devil’s Advocate (I was way too young and should have never been allowed in that theater in the first place!). And … Continue reading Keanu Reeves and the Future of Martial Arts Cinema
...or, The Eternal Burden of Chinese Cinema The other day I finally got around to watching Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War. It was alright. Christian Bale and Chinese movies are pretty high up on my list of favorite things, so the film didn’t have to try very hard to keep me interested. There are … Continue reading THE FLOWERS OF WAR: A Non-Review
I recently read Lucy Montgomery’s China’s Creative Industries: Copyright, Social Network Markets and the Business of Culture in a Digital Age (2010). The book traces China’s shift from state-controlled cultural production and consumption to the rise of what she dubs “entrepreneurial consumers” in the country. What I really liked about this book was its treatment … Continue reading On Historicizing Chinese Cinema
Before I get into what I want to get into, I need to mention something I forgot to bring up in the last post. I want to thank Anne Helen Petersen. Not only for her fantastic blog or Twitter feed, but also, most recently, her great piece in Frames on the need for a media studies makeover. … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Film Geek?