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by Brad Stevens
Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:32 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"There’s a guy who used to sell videos of himself masturbating on eBay. With the exception of his work, ALL movies are collaborations." ALL movies? How about Norman McLaren's? Why choose the most idiotic example possible to bolster your argument? "The film was Schrader wrestling...
by Brad Stevens
Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:15 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

Response to David Loftus: "Diversion of the argument into a small byway where one may niggle." White. "Parroting as a form of disputatious (but contentless) response." White. "Resort, once again, to an exception as a method of not addressing the main line of the argument.&qu...
by Brad Stevens
Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:12 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"Brad talked about the shot that could not be described, and yet, somewhere down the line, someone had to describe what they wanted to someone else. The director may have told the DP how to shoot it. Or even if he shot it himself, he had to communicate to someone what he wanted in the shot. If ...
by Brad Stevens
Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:02 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

It's not a question of whether or not a scene CAN be described in words - it's a question of whether or not that description is at all adequate as an account of the scene's quality. A VERY different point. Actually, the question of whether or not a scene can be described in words serves as the acid...
by Brad Stevens
Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:09 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"The best he came back with was along the lines of, "If you can't describe it in words, it's good direction," which is, of course, inane for about a dozen reasons." It's not a question of whether or not a scene CAN be described in words - it's a question of whether or not that de...
by Brad Stevens
Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

Duane wrote:>>Jump in! Contribute!<<

I'll stick with the guy who won the Oscar.


Is this a reference to Peter Arndt?
by Brad Stevens
Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"But you don't defend or justify or explicate the rule" I explained the idea of auteurism in great detail in my earliest posts. "you mostly offer exceptional objections to other folks' critique of the rule." Um...yeah. If those critiques are blatantly nonsensical, I say so, and d...
by Brad Stevens
Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

For the hagiographically-challenged among us (from my trusted Merriam-Webster ): Hagiographic : Function: noun 1 : biography of saints or venerated persons 2 : idealizing or idolizing biography "Webderland, where learning is a way of life." I know what the word 'hagiographic' means. I jus...
by Brad Stevens
Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:33 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"I have explained. I will do it again. You never said as much, in so many words (obsession with detail again), but that is the general approach of your posts: Someone offers a general attack on the auteur theory, you respond with an exception or two . . . " Yes, and I do believe that excep...
by Brad Stevens
Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:52 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"And here's a classic example of why debating with Brad has become a total waste of time. He acts AS IF Josh MIGHT have taken a position which he clearly never did, as a method of characterizing his opponent's "prejudice."" David - As usual, I have absolutely no idea what you are...
by Brad Stevens
Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:45 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"I love good critics. Even some bad ones. I've had tremendous discussions with some of them, and gotten a lot out of them. But having one tell me he A) knows more about my art than I do, and B) does a job as creative and challenging as mine.... uh.... No. Sorry." Here's one of my favorite ...
by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

I am laughing to keep from going mad. In reality, when someone presents you with an absolutely, categorically ridiculous premise, you laugh at them, and are done. On the internet, they can hound you with their idiocy until the end of time, no matter how utterly bereft of sense they are. Now it can ...
by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"C. S. Lewis wrote that the critic should ask three questions. What is the artist trying to do? How well does the artist do it? Is it worth doing? It seems to me that to go much beyond this is to be jerking off." It seems to me that there are numerous additional questions one might legitim...
by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:07 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"Well, yeah, Brad. I would. Like anyone who works in a particular field, I studied mine first. Part of that led me to film school for a period, where, believe it or not, I had to write thoughtful analyses and criticisms" I wrote some short stories in high school - I guess that qualifies me...
by Brad Stevens
Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: PRACTICAL FILMMAKING vs AUTEUR THEORY
Replies: 372
Views: 21319

"I was even at the forefront of the critical movement that eventually led to people like you writing hagiographic wank fests about Abel Ferrara" I'm actually quite flatterered to learn that you bothered to read my Abel Ferrara book, even if you did conclude that it was a hagiographic wank ...

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