VideoWordMadeFlesh has written 155 posts for Video Word Made Flesh

The Sounds of Silence

“Silence is impossible.  That is why we desire it.” –Maurice Blanchot “The sound experience which I prefer to all others is the experience of silence.  And the silence almost everywhere in the world now is traffic…if you listen to traffic you see it’s always different.” –John Cage When I was a kid I went to … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: William Castle’s The Tingler (1959)

The greatest of the “gimmicks”, Castle’s Tingler is known more for delivering buzzes to unsuspecting viewers than any real scares, but the film is a fantastic watch even if your home isn’t wired for “Percepto”. The plot is at first glance silly, and at second glance horrifying, occupying hallowed ground in my youth: the aforementioned … Continue reading

Sounding Off His Arm in 127 Hours

There are a lot of valid criticisms of 127 Hours. Some of the pieces don’t really work, for instance, and some of the cutting is a bit too quick. But when you get to the ending, with Sigur Rós playing over Franco’s withered body, it’s still hard not to just weep. Somewhere in this mash-up of … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945)

It would appear that Hitchcock conducted his research before he started Spellbound very well. Spellbound not only arrived in the midst of World War II, but also the height of what is now known as first force psychology. Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, died six years before the premiere of Spellbound, but he left many … Continue reading

There’s plenty of life on Mars in Disney’s ‘John Carter’

A human being arrives suddenly on alien world, befriends a savage but honorable native tribe, hooks up with a badass native woman, and saves the day with his superior abilities and noble courage. So, John Carter has the same plot as Dune. And Stargate. And Avatar. And any other number of stories from that particular … Continue reading

Praise for Matt Cici’s Lambent Fuse (2011)

I may not have agreed to begin this project if I had thought it through completely. My friend Matt Cici has written, produced, and directed his own feature-length film titled Lambent Fuse, and in October, Cici and Video Word Made Flesh decided to collaborate. I was excited to work on this project, both as a … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: Peter Medak’s The Ruling Class (1972)

I’m going to cut straight to the chase here: The Ruling Class is about Peter O’Toole as madman, who thinks he’s Jesus, and then is “cured” into thinking he’s Jack the Ripper. The movie is grand, self-aware, theatrical and divisive, with some critics still convinced it’s disjointed bullshit, and others (including the Criterion Collection) lauding … Continue reading

Me, Myself and Iron Man

I was sitting in the small Italian, brick-oven restaurant down the block, with the dirty floors and the amazing food, when I saw my soul reflected back at me. A little boy, no more than five, although he had the haircut of a sixty year-old, stood engrossed in front of a plain white wall. He … Continue reading

Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis, Only Trippier

Growing up in a dusty South Texas burg without a single revival theater was like living in cinema purgatory in the late 1970s, when my first really intense interest in the technical and artistic aspects of film began to blossom. Cable television “superstations” and premium movie channels like HBO – then known as Home Box … Continue reading

Screenshot Saturday: David O. Russell’s Spanking the Monkey (1994)

If Raymond (Davies) ever thought that life was fair and family was important before all else, he is about to have a rude awakening. Just before he leaves for a prestigious medical internship, he is called home to tend to his physically wounded and suicidal mother (Watson). His father disappears from the scene and Raymond … Continue reading