Documenting Reality

Pointing a camera at real-life action changes the action.  I grow sort of bored with academic discussions about whether cinema verité is fact or fictionalized-fact; I understand the quandary – yet I take it for granted that the camera changes the reality it documents, and I can live with that.  I liked LA CHAGRIN ET …

Be Aware of the Ides of July, or, CINEFORUM Starring Reg Hartt in 3-D

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. And, you can’t always get what you want, and I really wanted to make a fiction project in 2013. If you try sometimes, you might get what you need. I’ve been turning over a documentary idea for a while now, about Reg Hartt, Toronto’s notorious …

C’est mieux être bilingue

It’s better to be bilingual.  North America could easily be more bilingual; as is often pointed out, many Europeans and Asians speak multiple languages without complaining of being “forced” to learn another language. So many North Americans are deeply reluctant to engage in another language, which is a loss not only to them personally but …

How Batman is morally worthy

One cinema writer I really enjoy is FilmCritHulk, who recently challenged readers evaluate and assess their personal reasons behind their devoted affinity for Bruce Wayne (who is in actuality also the wanted sci-tech vigilante known as (the) Batman).  Hulk further questions us about the fantasy of indulgence in BATMAN. Having thought about it a great …

Oh, the book is always better.

However, there are exceptions that break the rule: THE MIST – even Stephen King thought so. JAWS – fun beach reading; pulpy sleazy sexually explicit with shady Mafia subplot involving the Mayor and unsatisfying ending; transformed into epic cinematic pop art. GOLDFINGER – pulpy convoluted confusing thriller with sex, transformed into fun pop art. PSYCHO …