The Best Film of 2007
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By Spannos, Chris at Feb 05, 2009 14:33 PM
Okay, okay. I started watching but turned it off because of some other distraction. Now, because you uploaded this, I am going to have to have to finish...
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By Snyder, Matthew at Feb 05, 2009 17:15 PM
DB&B is really worth your time and consideration. I wasn't expecting this to be my favorite film last year, but I knew it would work magically through the camera lens because of Schnabel's previous film, the masterful Before Night Falls (starring Javier Bardem). I was always waiting for someone to take on the aspects of stream of consciousness found in Faulkner or Joyce, and this film comes closest to that kind of dark internal dialogue. Some of the liquid and blurred camera movements are Monet breathing through film stock.
I should also mention how much I've enjoyed your conversation concerning Parecon. The more people that are involved in the discussion, the better our movement will be. I have a profound respect for Michael Albert, but I always thought we needed more revolutionary voices moving back and forth over the concepts. I'm really stoked by the concept of sharing empowering and disempowering labor, and I think those terms won't really matter when we make the movement praxis. Cleaning toilets and making salads as part of a balanced job complex is great! I miss restaurant work now that I am an academic. The idea that we are all sharing in our consternation and hardships, our joys and jokes is something to live for. Diversity is what we want and if I'm only teaching that means that other people don't get the opportunity to express their experiences and intelligence.
I will be teaching Real Utopia for an English class at University of California-Riverside in one of my continued attempts to "indoctrinate" students.