JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life June 29, 2012 - 8:58pm

I don't know if Rob Ager is very well-known, but I am  a huge fan of his:

Rob Ager's film analysis site

He does some super in-depth analyses of nerdier/genre movies. Some of my favorites that he goes through are The Shining, Aliens, and Starship Troopers. He also does a lot of Kubrick talk, which fascniates me to no end.

Does anyone else enjoy this sort of thing? Have any favorites of your own to share?

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underpurplemoon from PDX June 30, 2012 - 3:42pm

I took a ton of English classes in high school (two in one semester at the same time), and one of my favorites was called Film as Literature. That was like fifteen years ago. It was still awesome. I was first exposed to All About Eve and On the Waterfront and a few more I couldn't remember.

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iamsnaggletooth July 5, 2012 - 8:20am

I love this stuff. 

Unfortunately, no. I don't have any links to share.


JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life July 5, 2012 - 11:06am

Another Youtube channel with a couple of interesting films under the microscope (watch the Punch-Drunk Love analysis, it is super interesting):

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iamsnaggletooth July 5, 2012 - 12:05pm

I guess it was ignorant of me to assume other people didn't do this. I can't do it as in-depth as these people, but I casually analyze movies that I really enjoy watching.

I'm about to have a love affair with Google.

I'll be bingeing for weeks.

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Jack from England is reading texts of rejection from pretty ladies July 5, 2012 - 12:45pm

Tim Kreider writes fantastic film essays. Also a brilliant cartoonist.

Here is his site, it has links to some pieces:

Defends Spielberg's AI (especially the ending, which everyone seems to moan about and misunderstand) and writes on Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut particularly well.



JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life July 5, 2012 - 2:12pm

Wow, good link Jack! I love the title of that book 'Twilight of the Assholes'. He also has a profile of Ed Lee, one of my favorite writers. Awesome!



  You must write scripts as well. I am downright fascinated by movies, sometimes even more than fiction. I have one script about 3 pages in written, and godamn scriptwriting is hard!

I would like to get into some Youtube/blog film analysis, despite my lack of any credentials, in the future.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 5, 2012 - 8:15pm

Man, scriptwriting is awful. I have huge respect for anyone who can really do that stuff well. I haven't tried a lot, which probably accounts for why I'm so bad at it, but it really is a beast all its own.

I wish I had the time and energy to check out some of those links. I do enjoy film analysis, casually.

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iamsnaggletooth July 7, 2012 - 2:43pm

Jack: I read the Enemies page, and started laughing really hard. I think I might be in love with that man.

Jeffrey: Honestly, I write everything in my head. The little bits of what I have written don't come out right, because I see everything as a movie, but I'm trying to force it into a novel. I'm not sure my reasoning is right. I've read that, in scriptwriting, you can't really talk about the types of shots you want to do, because the director most likely won't do your shots. Directors have 'artistic liberty', like that. That's all well and good, but it bothers me. I'm a specific sort of person. I should probably just cut the bullshit, write scripts, and quit fucking around with all my nimby-pimby 'feelings'. That, or write a script, call it a novel, and argue with anybody who says different.

Michael: I have a feeling it's harder to appealingly capture what's been written. With novels/novellas/etc., people can develop their own scenes, see things in deeply personal ways. Film is very matter-of-fact: This man's hair is brown; this house has this much wrong with it; this woman looks like this. It doesn't leave much open to interpretation, as far as visuals go. Also, there's an audience-boredom threshold, with film. People can pick up books and put them down, have time for things to sit, before they get interested, again, and re-pick them up. You can't be sure an audience'll sit through a seven hour film. Right?