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UNSEEN CINEMA DVD

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 21, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS
AVAILABLE OCTOBER 18, 2005
A DVD Retrospective from the World's Leading Film Collections
7 DVDs - 19 HOURS - 155 FILMS


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Why Hollywood's Profits are Falling

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 16, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS
Marginal Revolution has a great explanation of what's hurting Hollywood's bottom line--and it isn't piracy. It's the success of DVDs, better TVs and how much it's now costing to make the increasingly throw-away formula movies Hollywood serves up.




 
White Cube vs Black Box Exhibitions

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 28, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

In 2002, Shortfilm.de ran a pair of articles [1][2] comparing the Black Box and While Cube models for exhibiting film & video. Interesting analysis, esp. in light of the current ways that white cube video is developing into a subgenre of Academic-syle painting.






 
Experimental Film MA Program?

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 21, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

While an MA program [.pdf] focusing on experimental film may sound like a good idea, I don't think that it necessarily is: the description claims "students will produce two or three major pieces of experimental film work." This is absurd for an academic program to demand, since such films rarely (if ever) are a product of an academic approach. After all, academic approaches are necessarily conservative, based on maintaining and transfering established forms and traditions--something antithetical to the whole concept of experimentation. But this is what I would expect of any school that lumps together art and fashion.






 
MIAMI UNSEEN

story © Rey Parla | published December 5, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

I went to the Art Basel convention center exhibition on Saturday. I was standing in line when suddenly luck strikes me, or was it, an interesting woman, maybe a French collector, tapped me on the shoulder and says here, I am leaving, this is your permanent pass!




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