First Day of Summer Links

Grades are in.  Summer is here, sort of, and now I can turn my attention back to the book.  Because I’ll have a lot of work to do on the book over the next couple of months, I’m not sure how often I’ll be blogging,  but hopefully I can continue to use this space to work through ideas, review some movies, and so forth.  Hopefully I’ll even have some time to get to the movie theater in the next few weeks.  Tonight’s plan is to see The Visitor (I’m a big fan of Tom McCarthy’s previous film, The Station Agent), but I still haven’t seen Iron Man, so I’m feeling like I’m months behind everyone else at this point.  In the meantime, here are some links that never quite turned into full blog entries:

  • Karina has links to a number of blog posts debating the state of the documentary, with Eric Snider arguing that “we” prefer reality TV over docs, but as Karina notes, Snider’s evidence is rather flimsy and ignores pesky details such as the scale of distribution.  A.J. Schnack, correctly in my opinion, points out that 2008 has been a big year for documentary thus far, given the success of Expelled, U2-3D, Shine a Light, and Young@Heart.  Of course, A.J. is cautious enough to note that the success of several docs cannot be seen as constituting a wider trend.  And while George Reisch, writing at Pop Matters, may be right to describe Expelled as “the essence of bullshit,” virtually any political doc that makes over $8 million cannot be said to have fizzled at the box office.
  • Really bad news from Marc Bousquet about an incredible academic journal, the minnesota review.  Apparently, Carnegie Mellon, the university that currently houses the journal–one of the most important in literary studies, I might add–is demanding pretty substantial budget cuts that would make the business of running mr rather difficult and that may lead to the journal being discontinued in the near future.
  • The P.O.V. blog has a post about Eric Daniel Metzgar’s fantastic new documentary, Life.Support.Music, which tells the story of talented New York-based guitarist Jason Crigler, who suffered a brain hemorrhage while playing on stage at a New York club.  At the time, Jason’s family was told that if he survived the night, Jason would likely be unable to function.  However, through persistence and support, the family helped Jason make a full recovery.  It would be easy for such a documentary to fall into treacly cliches, but in Metzgar’s hands, Life.Support.Music. serves as a lyrical testament to a tight-knit family.  I saw LSM at Full Frame but didn’t get a chance to review it; however, if you do get a chance to see it at a festival or elsewhere, I can strongly recommend checking it out.
  • I’ve been meaning to mention the new Women & Hollywood blog where Melissa Silverstein takes on what Manohla Dargis has called the “post-female Hollywood” cinema. Silverstein picks up on many of the points that Dargis made: too few female directors, too much Hollywood sexism, and too few movies that “speak to” women.
  • I’ve also been meaning to mention Roger Ebert’s new blog.  Even though I no longer live in Champaign-Urbana, I was saddened to learn that he was unable to attend this year’s Ebertfest.  But his blog provides space for him to explore a number of ideas, including this interesting post on the historical relationship between fanzines and blogs.
  • Chris Albrecht has a discussion of the religious-themed YouTube competitor GodTube.

More links later, perhaps, but I do need to get some writing done today.

3 Comments »

  1. kunja Bihari Nayak Said,

    June 21, 2008 @ 4:42 am

    first

  2. The Chutry Experiment » Reporter [Full Frame 09] Said,

    April 5, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

    […] been a fan of Metzgar’s ever since I saw his previous documentary, Life. Support. Music., the gently sentimental portrait of musician Jason Crigler’s recovery efforts after suffering […]

  3. The Chutry Experiment » Life. Support. Music. Said,

    July 5, 2009 @ 11:52 am

    […] I first saw Eric Daniel Metzgar’s poignant, lyrical, and understated Life. Support. Music. (POV) at the […]

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