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Web Video Wrap-Up: Looking Back As Fall Approaches

Web Video Wrap-Up: Looking Back As Fall Approaches

Around the end of June I stopped publishing my weekly updates on web video because I was far too busy. Once again I think my schedule has become so packed, I don’t know if I can continue at that pace this fall, perhaps moving it to monthly. Still, I tried to keep up with the [...]

September 7, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1

‘New Year’s Eve’ and the Celebrity Conundrum: One, None or All of Them?

‘New Year’s Eve’ and the Celebrity Conundrum: One, None or All of Them?

Some people swear there’s no celebrity left in the world, no magic. Then how do you explain all of Hollywood coming together for one movie to celebrate the hope of a new year? If star power is a declining asset, and you’re a Hollywood studio, you have a few options. One is to make it [...]

July 27, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 7

‘Potter’ Embraces, Then Fights, The Darkness

‘Potter’ Embraces, Then Fights, The Darkness

Thanks to Deep Research for linking! The Harry Potter series is a strange phenomenon: this week, 10 years into its run, it stands as one of the most profitable, popular and critically adored movie franchises in history. And yet, aside from a harrowing coming-of-age tale, it has never really been able to communicate a clear sociological message, [...]

July 14, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1

In Film, Classic Feminism Fights For A New Generation

In Film, Classic Feminism Fights For A New Generation

UPDATE: Pixar’s Brave seems to be following in this tradition. Talk to any feminist over the age of, say, 40 or 50, and you’re likely to hear a sigh of resignation at the state of women in Hollywood, in front and behind the camera. Young women today just care about Sex and the City, he [...]

April 18, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 3

From ‘Avatar’ to ‘Source Code,’ Living in a Fantasy

From ‘Avatar’ to ‘Source Code,’ Living in a Fantasy

Posted at Splice Today In his magnificent essay on Avatar in The New York Review of Books, Daniel Mendelsohn contrasts Avatar with The Wizard of Oz, another vibrant fantasy about travelling to exotic places. Using the end of Oz — the return to Kansas — as counterpoint to the end of Avatar — staying in Pandora [...]

April 6, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

The Best Best Picture Nominees Ever?

The Best Best Picture Nominees Ever?

Having seen most of this year’s best picture nominees, I have to say: we have a good crop. But don’t ask me, ask moviegoers. Even as sales and attendance are down compared to last year (when Avatar dominated for weeks), many of the Oscar nominees are 2010’s standouts. Social Network? $220 million worldwide. King’s Speech? [...]

February 22, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Is Hollywood Pushing Black Actors to TV?

Is Hollywood Pushing Black Actors to TV?

Posted at SpliceToday. Thanks to Racialicious for reposting UPDATE: Now, Taraji P. Henson is starring in a CBS and JJ Abrams pilot, called Person of Interest. Henson plays an ex-spy who solves crime. Hunh, sounds like another JJ Abrams show! But with Henson it looks like he took my advice on why Undercovers got canceled: [...]

February 17, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 7

Have Film Critics Really Been Seduced By Hollywood?

Have Film Critics Really Been Seduced By Hollywood?

Thanks to The Black Box Office for reposting! UPDATE: Armond White responds to the response to his hosting gig. It is predictably caustic, riddled with inaccuracies, outrageous accusations, pseudo-Marxist rhetoric with vague hints of misogyny. ORIGINAL: Well, Armond White has done it again. I swore to myself after writing this post on White I would [...]

January 12, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

2010: The Year The Bechdel Test Went Viral?

2010: The Year The Bechdel Test Went Viral?

Confession: This year was the first I’d heard of the Alison Bechdel Test (or Bechdel Rule). As soon as I knew it, I admit: I was hooked. Suddenly I left every film calculating whether or not it passed, how quickly it passed, how well it passed, etc. It’s a fun game and industrial critique! Did [...]

December 24, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1

‘Tron: Legacy’ and the Death of the Digital Utopia

‘Tron: Legacy’ and the Death of the Digital Utopia

Tron: Legacy’s Flynns are ever-rare champions of the digital utopia of openness and diversity in the face of corporate and government control. Posted at SpliceToday. Comment there! Brainy blockbusters are rare. For every Inception there is a Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The most we hope for in our big-budget spectacles is some decent writing and a couple [...]

December 21, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2