SURFACE: a film from underneath

I just stumbled across this fascinating experimental film, looking at urban activities from the perspective of the surfaces we have contact with.

August 19, 2010 · 1 min

Red Dawn

It's time to pick up the Formative 10 Films series, after abandoning it after the fourth entry… Red Dawn. 1984. A bunch of misfit high school kids work together to defend their town from an invading Russian military force. Patrick Swayze as the cool older brother. Charlie Sheen. Lea Thompson (I had such an '80s crush on Lea…). Jennifer Grey. What's not to love? WOLVERINES! I was in grade 10, a misfit outcast just starting high school, and watched this movie maybe a dozen times....

September 25, 2009 · 2 min


Jim's recent post including the drive-in intermission clip made me think about the last time I watched a movie in a drive-in. It was 1980, and my family packed into the Olds Custom Cruiser station wagon to head out to the Corral Drive-In. My sister and I got to stretch out in the back of the car to watch the movie in comfort. We'd do that pretty regularly. I remember back when the sound came from a box that fit onto the window of the car - before they got all fancy with their own mini radio stations for the audio....

March 6, 2009 · 2 min

RiP: A remix manifesto

Wow. While surfing the NFB archives, I found the trailer to an upcoming film called RiP: A remix manifesto. An open source film about copyright. From the NFB page for the movie: Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 21st century and shattering the wall between users and producers. The film's central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs....

January 23, 2009 · 1 min

on opening the NFB archives

So the National Film Board of Canada has flung open the vault to make many national treasures freely available online. Wow. This is such an amazing set of resources, covering the entire range of Canadian culture. Films that helped define who we are. Documentaries like Being Caribou. Churchill's Island. Short films like 23 Skidoo. Art films like 21-87. Animated films like Afterlife. I will now do my best attempt at channeling The Reverend....

January 23, 2009 · 1 min