Saturday, February 27, 2010

Synth Britainnia

Divided into 10 parts, the brilliant BBC doc Synth Britainnia is finally on YouTube, though you should watch it now. It may be gone soon...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Crash (1971)

"I think the key imagine in the 20th century is the man in the motorcar. It sums up everything- the elements of speed, drama, agression, the junction of advertising and consumer goods for the technological landscape, the sense of violence and desire, power and energy, the shared experience of moving together through an elaborately signaled lanscape"- JG Ballard

It's no secret that Croneneberg's version is as much a Cronenberg piece as Ballard adaptation (perhaps even more Cronenberg than Ballard) and Harley Cokliss does a better job of eroticizing the automobile, though he seems to do so by anthropomorphizing the automobile rather than mechanizing the human body, which seems the crucial difference between Cokliss and Cronenberg's readings.