DVD review: METROPIA (2009)

Yesterday, my review of the Tribeca Film DVD for Metropia, an animated, dystopian science fiction film, posted at PopMatters. I found the movie fascinating to look at, but incapable of sustaining its story.

The characters are weirdly fascinating to watch, and in a short film with little or no dialogue, could have been wondrous. Here, where they have to carry the weight of human emotion and dire situations, their uncanny resemblance to flesh and blood works against audience identification. While that may have been part of the intent, fostering critical distance for thought on the part of viewers, in a film that ends with love, it is an odd visual choice.

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Recommended daily reading – 16 September

Another short set:

To begin, a note from the GraphicNovelReporter about Neil Gaiman appearing on the PBS animated kids show, Arthur. I mention this in part because of Gaiman – and I can’t believe that today is the first day I have used the tag “NeilGaiman” on delicious – but also because when Anne-Marie and I lived in the sort of granny flat at her parents for a period after my Ph.D. we watched a lot of PBS kids shows, including Arthur. There probably aren’t that many authors who can mean something to the main audience for Arthur and fill a big hall at Comic-Con.

Second, is this article from In These Times about the company, Righthaven, which is helping the Las Vegas Review-Journal file lawsuits against bloggers and community organizations for alleged copyright violations for using the paper’s articles or excerpts of their articles on their websites. One informant in the article describes the company as a ‘lawsuit mill’. However it is described, Righthaven seems to represent the worst excesses of American copyright law on the side of corporate rights holders/claimants.

And lastly, just to show that I am not a frontrunning fan, is OM.net’s article on Marseille’s loss to Spartak in the Champions League.