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26 May 2010
by andrew
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“based on a true story” wasn’t enough

The makers of The Life of Emile Zola would like you to know that This production has its basis in history. The historical basis, however, has been fictionized for the purposes of this picture and the names of many characters, … Continue reading

6 December 2009
by andrew
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off file

I saw this last year over on Crooked Timber, but I was reminded of it recently and it’s still good, so I’m posting it here. This was one of four short films made using archival content from Getty Images’ Hulton … Continue reading

10 January 2009
by andrew
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you win

Obama has youtube, FDR had the radio, but Calvin Coolidge, whose conversational skills were legendary, was the first president on sound film. [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.769336&w=425&h=350&fv=]

20 December 2008
by andrew
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chance coincidence

When I heard that Blagojevich quoted Kipling in his press conference, I wondered if he quoted the same poem Grandpa Simpson quotes in a casino in the episode where he almost gambles away all the money he inherits. Turns out, … Continue reading

17 December 2008
by andrew
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the long dark knight of the winter

Last summer I didn’t pay attention to most of what was written about The Dark Knight because I hadn’t seen it and was planning to. Well, I never got around to seeing it in the theater and so I didn’t … Continue reading

24 November 2008
by andrew
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the fabric of society

It seems like Cory Booker is channeling Randolph Bourne (via): [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1793410&w=425&h=350&fv=autoPlay%3Dfalse] From Bourne’s “Trans-National America” (in the July 1916 Atlantic): The foreign cultures have not been melted down or run together, made into some homogeneous Americanism, but have remained … Continue reading

2 October 2008
by andrew
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change you can mimeograph

I am young and unknown to many of you. I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life. I have no wealthy or popular relations to recommend me. My case is thrown exclusively upon the … Continue reading

29 September 2008
by andrew
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the limits of détente

I get the impression that Marshall McLuhan was not impressed with the first Ford-Carter debate (in Philadelphia) (via): The rebellion of the medium against the message he refers to was the breakdown of the audio part of the broadcast near … Continue reading

22 September 2008
by andrew
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safe investments

Those who have seen Boiler Room, which I just watched last night, can see the irony in this: But systemic corruption—and that is the right word—has been unveiled at lenders across the board. Two of the most revealing stories on … Continue reading

22 September 2008
by andrew
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I could spoil everything

Many people who know me know that I don’t like the way the idea of the SPOILER affects discussions of movies. They know this because I reveal the ending of every film I’ve ever seen in the least polite way … Continue reading