Wednesday Evening Media Links

With Spring Break and the annual Society for Film and Media Studies conference fast approaching, I’m in full writing mode this week, but before I forget, I just wanted to post a quick pointer to a blog post at MediaCommons. In just a few weeks, the editorial board for MediaCommons will be holding its first meeting, and we’re seeking discussion of the role that MediaCommons can play in the scholarly community.

While I’m thinking about it, Michael has linked to several of fun and interesting videos, including one belonging to one of my favorite genres, the mock film trailer. This time, it’s David Lynch’s Blue Velvet transformed into “Something Blue,” a romantic comedy. But I think I’m even more intrigued by “What Does Marcellus Wallace Look Like?,” which Michael aptly describes as feeling like a form of “found poetry,” especially in the way that Tarantino’s words move across the screen. Happy viewing.

Update: Just received an email reminder that Frank Popper’s insightful documentary, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? is now on sale at the film’s official website. I remain convinced that Mr. Smith is one of the best documentaries I saw in 2006, an incredibly valuable commentary on the the challenges of running for political office. As the 2008 presidential election heats up, the lessons of Mr. Smith about the fund-raising demands and other challenges are becoming all the more palpable. The film has also been playing on the PBS “Independent Lens” series, and it is certainly deserving of an even wider audience.


  1. Chris Said,

    March 1, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    The “What Does Marsellus Wallace Look Like” video was fascinating, too, for its depiction of the speed of dialogue delivery. Because the graphics follow the delivery (in both size and movement), it gives you a sort of graphical depiction of how fast dialogue moves in a film… interesting. (Plus the fact that that’s one of the great dialogue exchanges in the movie).

  2. Chuck Said,

    March 1, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    Chris, I like that reading of “Marcellus Wallace” video (and I thik the video itself might be read as a video-form piece of film criticism), and yes, it’s a great bit of dialogue.

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