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Indie Movie Trope #495 — The Static Shot

Saw Rocket Science over with the weekend with Cat, about an awkward stuttering kid that joins the high school debate team. It’s funny and awesome and is probably just about the best new movie I’ve seen this summer. (Outside of, obviously, Step Up)

Though what’s interesting is how the independent movie genre has become a genre in the sense of becoming a recognizable, predictable style incorporating recurring elements.

Everyone knows, at least, the thematic tropes. (Awkwardness, personal failure, etc) But it’s interesting seeing how technically things have become standardized as well, perhaps the most prominent of which is the long static portrait shot of a single person with a color-coordinated, elaborate background.


Rocket Science

Marie Antoinette


Garden State


Video examples, after the jump.

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In Defense of Fu Manchu

So over a hearty dinner last night, I had the distinct pleasure of watching one of those seminal touchy race classics “The Castle of Fu Manchu.”

The movie, taken to task by MST3K, is remembered mostly for its absurdly bad plot (holding the world hostage with an Opium-powered Ocean Freezer) and, of course, the character of Fu Manchu himself.

Now, it’s not suprising that the character of Fu Manchu isn’t treated with much fondness in the Asian-American cultural studies literature. But, having thought about it, I think there’s a way of reading Fu Manchu that isn’t so negative, indeed, I think there’s a reading that actually reclaims him as a positive figure.

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Strange Tings A Gwan

Larisa and I spent Saturday cruising New Kingston–we went shopping at Sovereign Centre, saw The Simpsons Movie at the movie theater there, and walked all the way down Hope Road to Half Way Tree for more shopping. Here are some funny sights along the way, followed by a report of the bizarre world of movie-watching in Jamaica after the jump.

Our cab driver is, as you can see, a proud fan of the Memphis Red Sox.

The theatre was a member of NATO! Maybe the RIAA should take a leaf out of this book: make your acronym sound like a really terrifying pan-national defense league, and maybe those pesky movie pirates will finally stop downloading all them motion pictures!


And down the road, they’ll harvest your organs while you get your nails done…?


And, my favorite, which merits a medium sized picture:

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