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I'm a film critic and occasional armchair theorist. I write about movies over here: http://ludditerobot.com/

I write about contemporary film, but my personal interests are more geared towards issues of film preservation, cultural artifacts that have been overlooked or ignored, and what cinema as an art form has to tell us about the way we live.

Over the course of the last year or so, I've been writing pretty feverishly about things that interest me in the worlds of representation and narrative and image. I've started a few series that examine older works, and am deeply invested in the notion of excavating little-seen pockets of culture that the Western canon has written off as curiosities. I try to approach texts with a political bent that's attuned to the material conditions of their creation, and how we receive them today.

Why does any of this matter, you might ask? Good question!

I think that discussions and explorations of older cinema can help build a base of interest that results in increased attention to preservation. Film archives -- whether it's century-old celluloid or home videos from a decade ago -- constitute repositories of cultural memory. We can learn about ourselves through them.

I think that discourse on the politics and aesthetics of film can open our minds to all sorts of things that were hiding in plain sight, and might even impact the ways in which we engage the world.

And I think it's crucial to consider and encounter cultural production through some sort of analytical framework. We can situate it, find the resonances between our lives and where it came from, and what it might mean today, and give us pleasure all at the same time.

I strongly agree with Roger Ebert's famous description of cinema as "an empathy machine."  But I also think, like all art, cinema can be a tool for structural and personal change. I think, like all art, film makes the world grow, and I believe that examining it can expand our view, feel things we might not have otherwise, and come to realize we're all in this world together.

I also write humorous pieces about deeply shitty movies, so it's not all a slog, I promise!

There's a huge, anarcho-radical part of me that loathes the notion of asking y'all for donations. But it's also true I live in an expensive city and could use some help. I put quite a bit of time into this stuff, so, if you dig it, a dollar wouldn't hurt, or, you know, all your fucking money.

Thanks for reading!
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I'm a film critic and occasional armchair theorist. I write about movies over here: http://ludditerobot.com/

I write about contemporary film, but my personal interests are more geared towards issues of film preservation, cultural artifacts that have been overlooked or ignored, and what cinema as an art form has to tell us about the way we live.

Over the course of the last year or so, I've been writing pretty feverishly about things that interest me in the worlds of representation and narrative and image. I've started a few series that examine older works, and am deeply invested in the notion of excavating little-seen pockets of culture that the Western canon has written off as curiosities. I try to approach texts with a political bent that's attuned to the material conditions of their creation, and how we receive them today.

Why does any of this matter, you might ask? Good question!

I think that discussions and explorations of older cinema can help build a base of interest that results in increased attention to preservation. Film archives -- whether it's century-old celluloid or home videos from a decade ago -- constitute repositories of cultural memory. We can learn about ourselves through them.

I think that discourse on the politics and aesthetics of film can open our minds to all sorts of things that were hiding in plain sight, and might even impact the ways in which we engage the world.

And I think it's crucial to consider and encounter cultural production through some sort of analytical framework. We can situate it, find the resonances between our lives and where it came from, and what it might mean today, and give us pleasure all at the same time.

I strongly agree with Roger Ebert's famous description of cinema as "an empathy machine."  But I also think, like all art, cinema can be a tool for structural and personal change. I think, like all art, film makes the world grow, and I believe that examining it can expand our view, feel things we might not have otherwise, and come to realize we're all in this world together.

I also write humorous pieces about deeply shitty movies, so it's not all a slog, I promise!

There's a huge, anarcho-radical part of me that loathes the notion of asking y'all for donations. But it's also true I live in an expensive city and could use some help. I put quite a bit of time into this stuff, so, if you dig it, a dollar wouldn't hurt, or, you know, all your fucking money.

Thanks for reading!

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I will arrange a chat with you, and just listen to you vent, if something bad happened to you today.
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I will draw you a bear, a turtle, an animal of your choice, a mean-spirited picture of someone you don't like, and arrange a chat so you can thank me for my trouble.
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Now we get serious. I will watch and review a movie of your choice, every month, for a year.
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I will do all the things listed above, but I will also list your name prominently on the blog if you want. I'll also reference you on social media, sneak your name into my reviews in clever ways, and send you a card after New Year's, wishing you and your family well.
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