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In That Giftshop is not a Doc It Should Win The Documentary Oscar

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fake documentary artfully mixing staged and true realist documents that represent the art market’s inability to–or need for–discerning talent, value, honesty, and “truth” given its insatiable need for new product and its crushing love of charlatan self-promoting wunderkinds. ... read more »

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Bechdel’s Bechdel (1997)

I have been following Alex Vesy’s “Bechdel Test Canon” at Feminist Music Geek. The Bechdel Test  seems to be going as viral as any lesbian thing ever could. I recently heard about it on NPR. ... read more »

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On Rallies Real and Fake

I’ve been mulling over both my take and my stake in regards to the Rally to Restore Sanity and the recent and related Tea Party March on Washington, not to mention yesterday’s Republican and Tea Party (voting) rallies that led to their re-taking of the House. In all cases, we witness the same ironic free fall I’ve discussed earlier: perfectly real rallies organized around glaring glorious fakes that may or may not be understood as such. ... read more »

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Sneaking in Some Political Modernism

“At this point it is necessary to ask again why the discourse of political modernism, so clearly part of the recent history of film theory, is considered as reaching an impasse. ... read more »

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Catfish: Fears of Facebook’s Creepy Country

While Catfish presents as a convincingly real fake-documentary (currently awaiting its BIG reveal), I’d suggest that it is even more interesting to think about this already interesting work as a horror film. ... read more »

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“The Facebook Documentary”: On Well-timed, Well-placed, ...

In my previous post on The Social Network, I suggested that Facebook’s (i.e. Mark Zuckerberg and Co.’s) pricey (minimum cost, $100-million dollars… to needy Jersey schools that is) and highly orchestrated public relations blitz now playing across the mediascape at exactly the moment of a slanderous mainstream narrative film’s opening, was a “documentary.” I’d like to revisit that now. ... read more »

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i wanted every day to last forever: irwin swirnoff & Kevin J. ...

I had the rare pleasure of seeing experimental film two nights in a row this week, especially gratifying given the paltry mainstream fare I’ve been viewing lately to feed this effort. ... read more »

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Social Network: nah, I’ll watch “The Facebook Documentary” live, on-line

I’ve written extensively here about the mis-steps of the usually celebrated terrain of convergence: the too easy, sloppy, ill-conceived contemporary media moves between documentary, fiction, and hybrid back again. ... read more »

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Faking/Taking Woodstock

I watched Ang Lee’s 2009 “Taking Woodstock” a few night ago, but couldn’t keep the real “Woodstock” (movie) out of my mind’s eye. I’m a big fan of Lee and his producer (and screenwriter), Focus Feature’s James Schamus, so it was hard for me to not like this film.

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Casey Affleck’s “Big” Reveal: Joaquin’s Tummy or Tranny Prostitutes?

It came as no surprise to me when Casey Affleck at long last spilled the beans: that his tawdry expose of Joaquin Phoenix’s bad-boy decent into star-boy-debauchery was, in fact, a nearly two-year performance piece, culminating in a premier at Venice, Joaquin’s triumphantly skinny return to the red carpet (and acting), and, of course, Affleck’s well-timed reveal. ... read more »