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Monthly Archive for October, 2008

Adaptation blurs the line between implied author and fictional character in complex ways that I’m not going to detail in this post, but I still constructed a separate implied author as I watched the film.  I imagined a “real” Kaufman, above the discourse of the fictional Kaufman, carefully constructing this film about himself and the […]

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arguing about protagonists

The obvious candidates for protagonist of The Prestige are Borden and Angier.  I’m going to have to side with Andrew and Jared and choose Borden, largely because of the sympathy factor.  While Angier drives the story forward at least as much as Borden, he does so in as an antagonist.  Aaron argues that Borden is not […]

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The Labyrinth Project

Andrew posted some interesting thoughts on the Labyrinth Project and Marsha Kinder’s presentation from last week.  I also went to the presentation, which I found to be interesting but not amazing. Andrew hits on an important point when he mentions that generational factors play a large role in how the project is received, in that […]

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more potential paper topics

I did some research to narrow down the rather broad para-text topic I posted a few days ago, but I didn’t have much luck finding sources.  I haven’t looked too far, so I’m not dismissing it, but I have been pondering a couple other possibilities: 1.         Music as a narrative device in film.  Most horror […]

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I watched The Diving Bell and the Butterfly on Saturday, the latest Hirschfield offering.  I found it to be quite powerful, but the first 10 minutes or so were absolutely excruciating to watch because the film’s narrative was restricted to the (visual and informational) point-of-view of the main character—a man waking from a stroke-induced coma […]

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Thinking about a paper topic

I’m fascinated by the wide range of ways that movies are promoted these days.  It’s almost impossible to walk into a movie theater without extensive expectations for what you’re about to see, and in many cases a pretty intimate understanding of the plot.  Trailers obviously play a big role in these expectations, but there is […]

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Alternative Gaming

I was hoping to play some videogames over fall break, but I didn’t have any luck tracking down a gaming system.  So, instead, I thought I’d reflect on one of my childhood substitutes for video games: Adventure Quest.  AQ is “an active, outdoor, renaissance-themed theater game”—not to be confused with a video game by the […]

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Expansion in Elephant

I saw Elephant a while ago, and didn’t know what to make of it.  I think I was annoyed by its ambiguity, or more precisely its refusal to offer explanations of any character behavior, which just seemed pretentious and too deliberately “arty” at the time.  However, after reading J.J. Murphy’s analysis and thinking about it […]

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Over the top

The thing that struck me most about watching The Sixth Sense again was how excessive and melodramatic much of it seemed.  The music is particularly over-the-top with its dramatic swells that punctuate every significant plot point (undoubtedly contributing a lot to the mood of suspense—I think the sharp, startling sound is way scarier than the […]

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