Category Archives: Chapter 8

When Words Matter

The words we use matter intensely.  Sometimes they tell others a lot about who we are.  Sometimes when we use the wrong words we hurt people we hadn’t intended to.  And sometimes we don’t have any idea what the actual … Continue reading

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Box Office Mojo mysteriously disappears/reappears

Box Office Mojo, the source of endless movie box office financial statistics, disappeared for a couple of days in mid-October 2014, prompting speculation that the site had been absorbed into IMDb.com, which owns BOM. But then it just as mysteriously … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 8 – D.W. Griffith’s ‘Intolerance’

Intolerance was D.W. Griffit’s epic followup to Birth of a Nation.  You can now see a nearly 3-hour cut of the film on YouTube.

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Everyone’s Gone To The Movies….

Here are a some of the videos we either will be or have been watching as part of our discussion of the development of the movie industry. Here are links to the silent movies examples we watched earlier this week, … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What are the six types of Twitter communities?  And which are the most toxic? Would you be surprised if it were the political ones? Nah, me neither.  This is from The Fix blog at the WaPo, but you can read … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Why did James Bond switch from a 25 Barretta to a Walther PPK? Because the man who would inspire Ian Flemming to create Q said that Bond wouldn’t live very long with a girly gun like the  Barretta. Why is … Continue reading

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Oscar Nominations 2014: Brühl snubbed, Hustle gets acting nominations in all four categories

Oscar nominations were announced bright and early this morning, with several surprises in what is widely considered to be one of the tightest fields in years. Gravity and American Hustle led the nominations with 10 nods each, followed by 12 … Continue reading

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Women and the Movies 2013 Part 2 – Where are the women directors?

While women talking to each other about something other than a man in movies was a good indicator of success last year, 2013 was not a stellar year for women directors.  According to a story from Variety, only two of … Continue reading

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Women and the Movies 2013 Part 1 – Bechdel Test Movies

There’s long been the argument made that the reason that movies primarily feature male characters is that these types of movies make more money than those that have prominent female characters. For 2013, that statement is demonstrably false.  A study … Continue reading

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Reposting – Questioning The Hunger Games

Last evening I went to see the movie Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games with students in my media literacy class.  As you all no doubt know, Suzanne Collins wrote the hugely successful young adult three-volume series that … Continue reading

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