Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Thinking Bloggers U.N.I.T.E.

Much gratitude to Mr. Adam Ross of DVD Panache. Not just for the TBA (er, Thinking Blogger Award, don't you know) at left, but for sending The Exploding Kinetoscope a good deal of traffic that means more to me than the continual GreenCine snubs (j/k you guys). Adam's Friday Screen Tests, profiles of the coolest, funniest, and smartest film and culture blogs, are an uncommonly generous and always fun exploration of the blogosphere's outer reaches. And they let bloggers do what we do best, namely write about ourselves.

The Rules
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.

I suspect we tend to find about five blogs and read them incessantly. I don't write much about my blogroll, but read everything posted there. When I find a blog I like, I invariably read every single backlogged post, as well. Everyone listed at right demonstrates expertise, writing skill taste, or simple curiosity above and beyond: those links are there for my convenience as much as to spread the love. So my picks are five rare gems, big-brained, smartly written blogs all. I can't say that they all read me, but if you aren't reading them, kick yourself, then get busy:

1. Anna Biller's Blog: Anna Biller posts even less frequently than yours truly, but has a good excuse, as she's busy making movies. Her films, gorgeously photographed avant-camp tightly align with this blogger's aesthetics, too, taking sexplotitation, feverish low-budge horror and pop kitsch nonsense seriously, edging the glurge with the subversive bite of good natured sex-positive feminism. As insight and peepshow into a film artists's creative process and show & tell of her pulp paperback collection, Le Biller's blog is not to be missed.
Highlights: Circus Sex Witch, Bigger than Life warps another human mind, and the only director who willfully claims kinship to Andy Milligan. VIVA!

2. Confessions of an Aca-Fan: Henry Jenkins is the man who inspired a million papers on gender issues in McCoy/Tribble slashfic. As a communications studies academic who really kind of has to be blogging to demonstrate his theses in practice, the Confessions blog is another step in H.J.'s noble career-long endeavor to make dubiously nerdy activities legit. Heady stuff compared to most other blogs, but Jenkins also writes on topics like how awesome he thinks Supernatural is. Oh Media Blogs: the great leveler of 21st century taste!
Highlights: Everything. It's like a free book.

3.Giallo Fever: Gialli and films noir are arguably the most elusive genre animals, objects of fascination no school of criticism has ever fully cracked, and which no single critic can wrap all five fingers around. At Giallo Fever, Keith Brown, with single-minded determination to explore every nook and cranny of one strange genre ends up not exhausting the subject, but revealing with thus-far bottomless curiosity that the investigation never ends. Supposedly "particularly" dedicated to Dario Argento's films, Brown always finds more that hasn't been said, more connections to draw, more work to do... even if it sometimes takes upwards of fifty posts in a month! Giallo Fever is feverish indeed, and everyone else in the Cinephile Auxiliary of Blogtown looks scatterbrained and cursory in comparison.
Highlights: Glove fetish, magazine fetish, elevator fetish.

4. Passport to Dreams Old and New: There are several good Disney-related blogs at right, mostly chronicling historical anecdotes and ephemera collection show-offs. Foxxfur's detail-obsessive investigation of all things Imagineering is in some ways the most ambitious of the dozens of worthy Disney blogs. As she tries to nail down a unified field theory on how attractions, geography, advertising and corporate strategizing combine in a grand narrative, she shuffles freely between nostalgia-tripping, Disney esoterica, freewheeling art criticism and personal diarist. It's almost enough to make you forgive her devotion to Walt Disney World over Anaheim... Almost.
Highlights: Remembrance of Florida's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride slips into a discourse on ride vehicles, the prescient character design of Orange Bird, and the rhetorical brilliance of the EPCOT Opening special.

5. The Black and White Cookie Review: Jordan eats black and white cookies gathered from all over New York. He takes photos of the cookies. Then he writes about them. Somehow in the process, things get intensely personal, wildly surrealistic, and hilarious in ways that have little to do with black and white cookies. But by the end you'll also get a pretty good idea of how the cookie tasted. Maybe.
Highlights: Batman Beyond nearly distracts cookie reviewer, tiny, tiny cookies over excite cookie reviewer, and red cookies baffle cookie reviewer, "with a capital FF".

1 comment:

Jordan said...

Hey Chris, thanks for the kind words about my cookie blog. I am quite honored. I must update it more frequently.