Friday, March 19, 2010

New Videocast: (500) Days of Summer

I am about to present my newly finished article on (500) Days of Summer at a conference and in this videocast I talk briefly about its premise. The main question I ask is: what is it about 'punk' that makes it so accepting by the mainstream?

This episode is available on my iTunes series Gendering the Media with Brikena Ribaj as well as here on HetPer.

You may view me discuss this film here.





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8 comments:

JJ said...

I read the draft you wrote this summer too and I've been thinking about your definition of punk. It's pretty amazing how so 'mainstream' punk has become.

JJ said...

And, on a side note, the darker hair was more punk. The lighter hair is Spring-y but definitely more normative. :)
In the end of hte piece you talk about the soundtrack of the film and how it is carefully marginal. Temper Trap and Morrissey are quite marginally central. This is another idea that crops up in daily life as well. It reminds me of this example that was being quoted a couple of years ago about suburban moms playing Eminem's music in their SUV's.

Nicki said...

This is such a good film. I liked the idea that the film softens cultural differences in a cute and aesthetically pleasing way. I need to revisit this film....

Dana said...

Bri,
The Paltrow look looks awesome on you. Especially when the glasses are on. If I'd wear green, that'd be a good hue choice. :)

Dana said...

Not, Paltrow look, obviously, the Paltrow 'green'... I was referring to the Great Expectations green. Just making sure the reference is explained. ;)

Becca said...

I just found a new analysis on this film. A bit says "Here is how charming Joseph Gordon-Levitt is: He can make Zooey Deschanel seem similarly charming, just with a series of reaction shots. And here is how good he is at conveying emotion: You basically want nothing bad ever to happen to this man, because whatever his character is going through, he ensures that you Get It in a very fundamental way."
The rest of the analysis is here: http://tigerbeatdown.com/?p=965

Anonymous said...

My favorite part was the end where you use the 'pool' analogy and how the different margins in the film swim together in a functional way that makes the whole bit work out.

Dan said...

I also wondered why 500 didn't get more attention during the awards season. It was one of the top films of '09.
Thanks for the podcasts. It's helpful to place them in context. Understanding them better makes you appreciate them better.