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Fcp X and the Future of Editing

Editing is older than motion pictures. The ordering and pacing of dialogues, scenes, entrances and exits to build conflict and resolution have long defined Western theater, from Aeschylus’s Oresteia to Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung [Der Ring Des Nibelungen]. It was the insertion of first-person thoughts into dialogue and plot that modernized 18th- and 19th-century novels and clever sequencing of mechanically animated magic lantern glass slides that thrilled Victorian audiences to popular epics like Ben-Hur.
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Cbldf Teams with Ncac and Abffe in Defense of Alan Moore’s Neonomicon

Cbldf has joined forces with the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression to write a letter in defense of Alan Moore’s Neocomicon (Avatar Press), which has recently been challenged in the Greenville, South Carolina, public library system. Objections to Neonomicon were raised by a patron after her teenage daughter checked out the book, which contains adult themes. The book was correctly shelved in the adult section of the library, and the teenager possessed a library card that allowed access to the adult section.

Cbldf joined Ncac and Abffe in sending the following letter to the Library Board of Trustees at the Greenville County Public Library:

Dear Board Members,

On behalf of the National Coalition Against Censorship, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund we strongly urge you to keep Alan Moore’s Neonomicon in the Greenville Public Library.
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Gay Girl's Goggles: "Skins" SnapCap (6.02) – Another one bites the dust

One thing I like to imagine is what it would be like if the Greek writers of yore found themselves penning TV shows for a modern, internet-savvy audience. During religious holidays and stuff, Greeks would sit through a trilogy of tragedies for a whole entire day, heroes getting maimed and stuffed into bathtubs, jealous girlfriends poisoning future fiances until they fell over dead, mothers stabbing sons, sons sleeping with mothers, gods smiting people willy-nilly just for giggles. I think of Aeschylus checking his @replies on Twitter, waiting for the internet to praise him for the brilliance of Oresteia only to be bombarded with angry, threatening tweets about, "Cassandra was my favorite, you loathsome cockroach!"

Stories work backwards a lot of times these days, TV writers starting with an ending that will make fans happy and backing into it from point C to point B to point A. But it hasn't always been like that.
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Werner Herzog: a killer at the table

Werner Herzog has teamed up with David Lynch to make a film about a disturbed actor who kills his own mother with a sword. Jeremy Kay sits in on the final day of filming

Werner Herzog's output has swung perilously close to mainstream of late. His 2006 Vietnam war action film Rescue Dawn was mostly well-received, while his Bad Lieutenant was released last month to widespread admiration. Has the famously idiosyncratic German director gone straight? Not a chance. His latest movie, which screens at the Edinburgh international film festival this week, sees him back on the fringes of artistic expression.

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done has baffled many Us critics, but bewitched others, who have declared it a nightmarish gem. Based loosely on the true story of Mark Yavorsky, a San Diego actor who in 1979 killed his mother using a sword from a production of The Oresteia
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Avatar Movie Review

I am writing this review not to make a full review, but rather to show what things (in my opinion) should be in a proper review of this film. Until anything like that happens (universally these film critics seem to be fairly unprofessional in what they are doing) I want to point out what critics really should be talking about. (Warning! This “review” contains spoilers!)

Let’s talk about the story. This is what Cameron gets mostly picked on. In short: this is a story about a looser called Jake Sully. Not a looser in the American Idol sense, but a looser big time. A little bit like Oedipus. What speaks for his favour is the fact that he is clever like Oedipus (Oidipus solved the riddle of the Sphinx, Jake was cunning enough to fly the big dragon, which helped both these men gain perhaps not so wise respect
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