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Lifeclock One

In preparation for the future past almost 20 years ago I’ve supported the Lifeclock One Kickstarter so that I can always be reminded that cinema is realer than life. And while there’s always enough blame to go around, I personally … Continue reading

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John Carpenter’s The Thing Action Figures

I’m increasingly loving Tumblr these days, especially when a gem comes my way like the video above featuring a promo for action figures based on John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982). Seeing these I immediately thought, “Were there ever Escape From … Continue reading

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What do Escape from New York, John Carpenter, and ds106 have in common?

This made my day—hell, it made my year. Andrew Forgrave asked the great John Carpenter to dedicate an Escape from New York poster to me (with some #ds106 love no less). Amazing, what an awesome confluence of culture: Carpenter, Snake Plisken, ds106, and movie … Continue reading

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Romero

And now to find some way to have Romero’s (Frank Doubleday) hiss to be associated with the image over and over again. Romero’s hiss from Escape from New York

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The Crazies Come Out at Night

Every time I head into Manhattan—whether via train, tunnel, or glider—I can’t help but think that I am entering the the Manhattan Island penitentiary imagined so famously in John Carpenter’s masterpiece Escape from New York (1981). And as soon as … Continue reading

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Of Punks, Pimps and C.H.U.D.s: Gentrification in NYC as told by 1980s film

Disclaimer: This is a “media-enhanced” version of a paper I wrote in graduate school for an American Studies course back in 2002. And while I recognize it is both rough and theoretically meager at certain points, I’m still fascinated with … Continue reading

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Formative 10: Escape from New York

Well, I guess I gotta get going on my formative 10 because what has taken me almost eight months, has taken D’Arcy Norman all of three days. I find it interesting how much a formative 10 can tell you about … Continue reading

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A Four-Pack of Carpenter

Update:  There’s a great article on this very retrospective by Benjamin Strong on the Moving Image Source titled “Morning in America.” He positions this retrospective as genre readings of the Reagan 80s, yes, that’s it! As if you need any … Continue reading

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Formative 10: The Warriors

I had the great pleasure of re-watching one of my favorite films of all time recently with Shannon during our lunch hour. We saw the The Ultimate Director’s Cut version of The Warriors (1979) released in 2005, which I had … Continue reading

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Snakepliskens remix

I got my first video response on YouTube today, and it is a pretty cool feeling. Much has been said about how bad the commentary can be on YouTube, and I tend to agree though I have had better luck … Continue reading

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