Monday, 11 February 2008

Oooh, A New Meme

I don't know what the word 'meme' means (it's a bit like British Bulldog I think), but I’ve been tagged by Martin (New Order fan and Doctor Who know-it-all) on a film book recommendation.

Oooh, let’s see, there are so many:

Censored, by Tom Dewe Matthews: a history of British film censorship from 1896 to the onset of the video nasty. If you think the whole concept of censorship is entirely arbitrary and illogical, then prepare to be astounded by this book - it's a lot worse than you ever thought.

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, by Peter Biskind: a superb examination of the golden era of American film (1969-1980 in case youlre wondering) told predominantly through the stories of Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and others. This has just been released in a twenty first anniversary edition by Bloomsbury, and it’s definitely worth a read or two.

Fire Over England, by Ken Russell – good old Ken gives the British film ‘industry’ both barrels. Enormous fun.

Men, Women and Chainsaws, by Carol Clover – after a long day carousing, I settle down with my pipe and slippers and get stuck into some good old gender theory.

Will that do, Martin? I could go on all night here...

All righty then, I tag Elinor, MJ, Jon Peacey, Oli, and Rob Stickler. Good and hearty people all.

5 comments:

Oli said...

Done-de-done-done.

http://oliverjeffery.blogspot.com/2008/02/unhealthy-interest-in-undead.html.

Elinor said...

Me too!

Jon Peacey said...

Argh! This is going to be a tough one... it will reveal my darkest secret...

Jon Peacey said...

BTW: the concept of the Meme seems to stem from the mainly annoying Richard Dawkins (admittedly I did like his humiliation of the dowsers and astrologers on TV). From what I can make out, the word is used erroneously on the scribo-/ blogo-sphere. It means something along the lines of 'a building block of shared cultural memory' like phrases 'it's the real thing' (Coca-cola) and 'may the force be with you' (Star Wars).

MJ said...

Doooooooooone, I thank you.