Tuesday, August 23, 2011

‘Chaos Cinema’ is a Scathing Indictment of Modern Filmmaking Techniques

I spend a lot of time on this blog harping on how ineptly modern action scenes are filmed and edited.  Of course, I’m neither the first nor the only blogger to voice my displeasure at such things.  Film critics and industry professionals alike have also lamented the visual incoherence on display in today’s blockbusters.  Yet, it remains the style of choice for today’s action filmmakers.  Perhaps this is because there hasn’t been a loud enough outcry from the masses, something that points out the obvious in such a way where the truth is undeniable.   

For The People: An Interview with Artist and Illustrator Dawud Anyabwile, Co-Creator of ‘Brother Man: Dictator of Discipline’

Throughout the 1960’s, the civil rights and black power movements reshaped the American consciousness.  Marvel Comics took note of the social changes afoot, and in response they created characters such as The Black Panther, Luke Cage, Blade, and Falcon.  Those characters took their cues from Blaxploitation in addition to other social phenomena of the day.  Black Panther and Luke Cage especially resonated with black readers of all ages.  Still, something vital was missing.  As timely as those characters were, they were still informed by a largely white perspective.  They didn’t truly speak for the Black community.