The Age of Elitism


This category refers to an old site I used to write for and co-run, based on the idea that we were self-mocking elitists. The articles within this section are mostly going to be from the series A Canadian, an American, a Lawyer, and an Elitist. The idea was that the four of us (or three, depending on who was available) would watch an agreed upon film, generally one by a famous director, but not one of his films that had been frequently analyzed, and write essays on the film. Then, without having read what the others had written, we would enter a chat room and discuss it. It is very much recommended that you watch the films first before reading the essays and chat, not only because of spoilers, but because most of what is said will make absolutely no sense to you. Also, keep in mind the time frame that these were written, from January 2004-November 2005, at least in terms of the matter of availability.

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At Long Last Love

Au Hasard Balthazar

Camille (1936)

California Split

Cherry 2000

The Circus

Dark City


F For Fake


Heart of America

I, Vampiri

Kansas City Bomber

La Grande Bouffe

One-Eyed Jacks


The Tenant

To Live and Die in L.A.

Troll 2

Zabriskie Point

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By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

Black Dynamite has nothing new to say about Blaxploitation films, it just does a decent job of copying what an inept [...]

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Featured Quote (written by me)

On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.