Category Archives: Film

History as written by the losers

I’m in the midst of revising an article on the 2006 film by L’Atelier national du Manitoba, Death by Popcorn: The Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets, for an edited volume that will hopefully be published sometime in 2013. I’ve been … Continue reading






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Chris Marker (1921-2012)

Terrible news today that Chris Marker has died. Very nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite of his films, so I thought I would post a random still image here from one of his relatively unavailable works, La Mystère … Continue reading






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“The image of happiness”: Chris Marker and Sans Soleil

The first image he told me about was of three children on a road in Iceland, in 1965. He said that for him it was the image of happiness and also that he had tried several times to link it … Continue reading






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The Woodchuck

I’m off next week to Glasgow for this year’s Screen Studies 2012 conference, so I thought I would post a sneak preview of the paper I will be presenting there: Hinterland Who’s Who: Nature, Nostalgia and the Bureaucratic Uncanny. The … Continue reading






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Hot Docs 1: The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army)

The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army). 2011. Naeem Mohaiemen. Naeem Mohaiemen’s documentary recounts the story of the hijacking of Japan Air Lines 472 on September 28, 1977. The flight departed from Tokyo and was destined for Bombay, … Continue reading






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Hot Docs Preview

This year’s edition of Hot Docs, Toronto’s international documentary festival, is already well underway. I’ll join in starting tomorrow: I arrive in Toronto mid-afternoon and will be seeing Shut Up and Play the Hits, the film documenting the final set … Continue reading






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Memo from Turner

Such was the complexity of the early models of the Moog Synthesizer that the company often dispatched an engineer to work with the pop stars who wanted to experiment with the device. In Analog Days: The invention and impact of … Continue reading






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Random Film Still #7

These film stills are never quite as random as I might like. They always seem to be linked to something I’m working on or simply drawn from things that I’ve watched of late. James Hill’s Lunch Hour (1962) is a … Continue reading






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