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Post a song you are currently listening to almost 4 years ago

To all you Springsteen fans…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhaSz4fuegA

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Post a song you are currently listening to almost 4 years ago

How are you guys get the Youtube window to show in the post?

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Post a song you are currently listening to almost 4 years ago

Sweet! Eat this Bruce!

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Post a song you are currently listening to almost 4 years ago

Laila Djan — Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall

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Post a song you are currently listening to almost 4 years ago

Barry Goldberg, I Think I’m Gonna Cry

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Post a song you are currently listening to almost 4 years ago

Barry Goldberg, I Think I’m Gonna Cry

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Why A Truman Show Remake Is In Order almost 3 years ago

This film is about commercialism, more than existentialism, as some people have suggested. It’s about how someone can become property, bought and sold, and how their life is then paraded around for the sake of cheap commercialism. Turning it into an existential drama is about as predictable as I can imagine (although I think it’s beneath the surface, and that’s where it belongs). It’s supposed to be like soap opera, which explains Philip Glass’ trite score (we even see him providing on-screen accompaniment in one scene as if he were playing along to a silent melodrama). I disagree with the people who state that it would have been better as a mystery — that just about robs the film of any amount of satire is has. I think it works well as a dark comedy, and I think as a satire it presages just about everything on TV nowadays, and reveals our culture for what it is: celebrity obsessed and media spoon fed. This film isn’t just about the awakening of the main character, its about the awakening of the spectators who have obsessed over every aspect of this man’s life. Will they ever see him as a human, rather than a pawn in some corporate game? I also see parallels to celebrities like Britney Spears, whose public meltdown should have been supported rather than exploited by the media and ridiculed by the public. She had a chance, as Truman did, to transcend the vacuousness of her life when she shaved off her hair (her only act of authenticity). Instead, she apologized and went back to selling millions of records to stupid teenagers. If only her life had ended like Truman’s, with a curt goodbye and a disappearing act, she might have had hope for some semblance of a normal life. The day glow colors of the film are spot on for the subject matter, resembling the look of Desperate Housewives, or any other melodramas viewable on TV, with their representation of suburbia as a utopic environment. I understand this was a major revision of Nichols’ script, but the changes worked in my opinion. In fact, in many ways, they were a vast improvement.

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Why A Truman Show Remake Is In Order almost 3 years ago

Joks — Peter Weir is a “middle brow” director? Not even sure what that means, but if I read into it, it sounds like he doesn’t have any control over which projects he chooses, and that his films aren’t taken that seriously. Perhaps even that he’s a journeyman with no interest at all in the aesthetic quality of his films or film in general. If that’s what you mean, I disagree strongly and urge to re-watch his entire oeuvre. The man has been nominated for best director five times, as well an many other national and international awards. His films have have been both critically and commercially successful, and I think he’s brought a level of elegance and intelligence to Hollywood that is rare indeed. Films like Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Last Wave are still being watched and discussed for their beauty and mystery, and new works like Master and Commandeer show that he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with the greatest of contemporary filmmakers. Is that what you consider a “middle brow” director to be? If so, we should have more middle brow directors.

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DIRECTOR INTRODUCTION- JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI almost 3 years ago

This is mostly a bookmark, but I wanted to say that I love Skolimowski. Four Nights with Anna is one of my personal favorite films, as well as many others. Thank you for starting this forum.

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Ask Director Tobe Hooper Your Questions almost 2 years ago

I’m sick of seeing the cinematic brilliance of the first two TCM films bastardized and compromised. When are you going to show these hauteur auteurs remaking your films how it’s really done and come out with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3? Also, to this day “Poltergeist” is dogged with the myth that Spielberg somehow shared the directing responsibilities. It reminds me of Saul Bass’ claims that he directed the shower sequence of “Psycho” (a sad falsehood that Janet Leigh dispelled once and for all). Will there ever be a definitive account of what happened on the set of the film so we can finally put those stupid rumors to rest?

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Ask Director Tobe Hooper Your Questions almost 2 years ago

@ Ari — Can you explain why you’re such an asshole?

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