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The Self Referential List, Part Eleven

Films about actors as people, but, yet, the films are not about acting as a career, art or craft: they’re about the characters’ (who happen to be actors) personal struggles Annie Hall. Wacked out actress dates wacked out writer.  Then she moves to Hollywood to live with wacked out producer.  Then she moves back to […]

The Self Referential List, Part Ten

Films about other performers & entertainers, those not in the movies or on stage The Night Listener. Radio personality goes on a journey that turns hallucinogenic.   The Band’s Visit. About a band, duh.  This is one of the most delightful films of 2008.  It’s about an Egyptian band that gets lost while visiting Israel […]

The Self Referential List, Part Eight

Films about screenwriters In Search of a Midnight Kiss Guy: aspiring screenwriter, a loser slacker.  Girl: a loser smoker who wants to be an actor but doesn’t go on auditions.  Film:  a loser film altogether.  But not horrible.  Just lame.   Barton Fink Flames.  Up in flames.  Down in flames.  Flames as metaphor.  You know, […]

The Self Referential List, Part Seven

Films about making films 1.       For Your Consideration 2.       Day for Night 3.       The Player 4.       Searching for Debra Winger 5.       Bulworth (briefly) 6.       Con Man.  Horrible.  Could only watch 26 minutes.  Nothing happens.

The Self Referential List, Part Three

Films about making films A Star is Born. They made this one 3 times already.  It was not very interesting; it’s self-serving; it was predictable and uninspired all 3 times. I hear that they are considering a 4th version.   Mistress. My database says I saw this, but it was so unmemorable that I had […]

The Self Referential List, Part Two

Films about making theater Waiting for Guffman.  This film about community theater was just as touching as its independent film-themed counterpart, Living in Oblivion.  Not touching in a fake, schmaltzy, tear-jerker, vapid, predictable, wholesome Miracle on 48th Street way, but in a cry, cry, sob because “I’ve been there” way.  I’ve had all those unvoiced […]

The Self Referential List, Part One

Films about making films Living in Oblivion.  Captures the heart and reality of independent filmmaking.  Everything that is important fits into this movie: the affairs on set; the broken equipment, the ingénue who can’t quite get it right, the mother-in-law; even the Midget Dream Sequence.  And it all fits…it’s not a series of gags; it’s […]

Film versus Movies

  Here’s a post from a while back…   In Blockbuster Video last night, the clerk did not know who Fellini was. “How do you spell that? Oh, a foreign film.” For almost 25 years, i have cherished my pick for worst movie of all time. It was Zuma Beach, a C-movie about bathing suits […]

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