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15 minutes ago, Whelt said:

Couldn't you theoretically be an artist or actor or whatever without publicly airing your political stances? I'm sure a lot of people out there do just that.

There's definitely plenty, but it obviously doesn't work because politics are inescapable in every piece of media (and the decision to sculpt something into apolitical blandness is in and of itself a political decision to support the status quo, which is why "apoliticism" or general centrism tends to cede rightward). Individuals actors and authors generally can't keep the lid on their politics forever, anyway, as for better or worse people start to pick their work apart through theory and analysis to get a better understanding of it, and alongside it, the actor/author.

Jing's comments are also making me think about how Hollywood actually did, publicly, blacklist a fuckload of communists and communists sympathizers in the age of McCarthyism, so like, it's "actual historical well-documented expulsion of leftists from film, academia, and art" versus "tacit anti-republican conspiracy (and not, y'know, people just refusing to give audience or support to bigots which isn't even true in a day where Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson can star in a family-friendly comedy together, and in other circles it can't possibly be that the simplistic black-and-white worldview inherent and vital to conservative ideology isn't very conducive with deep analysis of art and media)." It can even be argued that the whole reason Marxist analysis of film, etc. evolved as thoroughly as it did was in response to McCarthyism and trying to "read" films for the anti-capitalist themes their authors were forced to suppress.

Anyway here's the latest from what is my favorite burgeoning subgenre of film essay, "Dunking on CinemaSins:"

 

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The Pope

Film was extremely right-leaning up until around the 60's/70's, and there's a reason cowboy movies died out right around the time of Vietnam and the leftist revolution, it was because a lot of the people making these films as well as their audiences realized "hey so uh revising history to make the cool gunslinging cowboy out to be a hero when in actuality natives were subject to horrendous genocide is kinda fucked up".

That being said, if you want a mainstream blockbuster that's too left for its own good, look no further than the 70's King Kong which subbed our "Let's make a movie, oh no gorilla, adventure" with

 

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6 hours ago, SharkhamAsylum said:

"hey your 'transgressive' art isn't actually anything at all but really racist and shitty"

Is that code for "not for open borders with a fetish for shitting on white people for everything"? Also championing "revolution" and preaching patriarchy conspiracy theory, too, among other things. Because then it would make sense, if you aren't into that you're basically a pariah in art communities. You really have to tow the line or you're out, and even then people will watch you like a hawk looking for any excuse to throw you out. Cannibalization is a common occurrence.

I mean you don't have to be a "conservative" and care about any of their bullshit go-to issues, you just have to be sane basically. At least in the US. But whatever, this is getting into tired old territory at this point and won't go anywhere. Or maybe it will.

I just thought it was foolish to boil the lack of conservative viewpoints and general presence down to conservatives always thinking they're too good to act or draw or whatever, because that's, frankly, a lie. People in the post-McCarthy era have absolutely been undermined and essentially denied careers because of the "wrong" political beliefs and associations, you notice how open conservatives in Hollywood are also people who are already well established in the industry and basically untouchable? When do you see a young up-and-comer getting political in a way that doesn't basically regurgitate stock left-wing talking points? I mean, you really don't think there's a reason for that and it's just a silly Republican victim complex coming out?

Of course the hip thing to do nowadays is to spew lies and tie somebody to the "alt-right", pretty good way to get the ball rolling on ruining somebody's career in this day and age. Happened to Anthony Fantano recently as a matter of fact. But I digress.

At any rate, if what you're saying is any indication, I would think that only people who subscribe to beliefs that the far left feels 100% comfortable with(including the gender wage gap, the idea that we live in a society that is engineered to benefit men exclusively, open borders while simultaneously expanding welfare immensely, strict guidelines on acceptable speech and beliefs, etc) can be victims. It's honestly pretty absurd.

anyway whatever this is getting off track again i don't mean anything i say i'm just being ironic

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I like this video a lot, it made me reconsider a lot of what I think adaptations should be.

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46 minutes ago, 精武 said:

here's something people might actually like

Hell yeah, mate. Every Frame A Painting + Jackie Chan = Perfection. This video reminds me that I really need to see more of Chan's non-American films. I watched a shit-ton of his movies with my old man when I was a kid, but there's still plenty more to see. Plus I'm not entirely sure how many of them were American ones and how many were not, but I do remember seeing some of his Hong-Kong ones, though they were dubbed. I should definitely watched the subtitled versions. If John Woo's work has taught me anything, Hong Kong action movies are fucking brilliant.

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10 hours ago, Biodegradable said:

Hell yeah, mate. Every Frame A Painting + Jackie Chan = Perfection. This video reminds me that I really need to see more of Chan's non-American films. I watched a shit-ton of his movies with my old man when I was a kid, but there's still plenty more to see. Plus I'm not entirely sure how many of them were American ones and how many were not, but I do remember seeing some of his Hong-Kong ones, though they were dubbed. I should definitely watched the subtitled versions. If John Woo's work has taught me anything, Hong Kong action movies are fucking brilliant.

Yeah, HK action is the best, I keep going back to it time and time again. Hollywood action movies just don't compare.

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1 hour ago, 精武 said:

Yeah, HK action is the best, I keep going back to it time and time again. Hollywood action movies just don't compare.

They really don't, especially when they insist with the bloody shaky-cam effect. The only Hollywood-esque actions I've seen in more recent times that I can say are awesome are Dredd and John Wick.

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Yo, yeah, Once Upon a Time in China is one of my favorites. I love those. What is Hollywood even doing?

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Honestly, I have no idea at this point in time. Sometimes, they remind me of what the modern-day video game industry is doing.

Speaking of which, while this doesn't relate to the film theory aspect, it does relate to the video essay format. Jim Sterling is someone I've seen every now and then, and I almost wonder why he doesn't have a thread of his own these days (if he does, then forgive me for being out of the loop in that regard).

 

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The Pope

I've kinda just posted his videos in general video gaming chat, but I agree that having a thread for him is reasonable.

edit: tada

 

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Super Bunnyhop's influence from RLM is pretty apparent (especially in his earlier videos), and it's led to some good video game-related essays. Probably my favorite of the bunch being his analysis of Metal Gear Solid 2.

As for others I watch, every once in a while I remember to check out what new stuff Kyle Kallgren and Georg Rockall-Schmidt have put out, and am never disappointed.

I also enjoy videos that go in depth about internet-relevant topics and oddities, and not long after dropping Metokur for similar reasons to those already stated in this thread, I found that Fredrik Knudsen scratched that itch far better:

 

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I know Cinemassacre has its own thread on the internet board, but James has been doing a lot of fascinating dives into movie history lately, like why there's a stupid piece of cardboard in Dracula or why a man with a lamp opens the silent film Phantom of the Opera with an uncaptioned monologue. This recent one really appealed to me, though, Frankenstein is something I have a deep personal affinity for and he really picks at some of my favorite aspects of it: whether the brain, the body, or the soul is the individual.

 

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