Film reviews: swingin’ for the fences

Four posts, exploring diverse manifestations—21 films, as a matter of fact—of a single, dangerous, wonderful thing.

As is often and even overly observed, there’s lots of conformity and cowardice operating in the production of commercial media.  Things are safe, same-ish, and maybe, eventually, really smothering.

On the other hand, there are always independent spirits, strivers and mavericks and lunatics too, who attempt hard things.  Again, as often and overly observed, this can be tough to do when one is in the entrails of the Institution.  In fact, it’s tough for these brave souls to even get through the institutional doors.  But still, they do, or they operate from the outside, and they make the world a more interesting place.

The things that they make don’t always quite work out.  Sometimes they don’t work out at all.  These posts were originally assembled for a film class to illustrate a certain kind, or category, of film production.  That category was Folly, and the idea still stands in this new setting.  Filmmakers attempt some crazy stuff!  And sometimes, they can make a mess of things.  And yet, Folly also has its uses.

For instance, it’s admirable to try things.  And this attempting can be enough; ambitious and interesting semi-failures can provide us with some of our best cinematic satisfactions.

Furthermore, you can learn things.  The out and out disaster can also be tremendously worth our while, tremendously instructive, and not just for superiority’s sake.

And, occasionally, it works!  The really great thing is that sometimes these people actually pull it off.

Read all about it.  Try it at home.  Maybe even at work …

Trying some tough things:

Impertinence, Impropriety, Stupidity.  Oh, and Liberty:

The geniuses take a stab at it:

For your kids:


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