A People with Passion correspondence, with Kubrick decoder Rob Ager

A People with Passion correspondence

Rob Ager, film analyst and Kubrick decoder

Interview conducted October 2010

The Meaning of the Monolith Revealed?

Good evening. Earlier this month, ReadJack.com recorded an interview via email correspondence with film analyst and Kubrick expert Rob Ager, at a distance of nearly 4000 miles from Chicago. It took pretty much no time at all for our words to reach Ager’s computer in Liverpool, but this time delay has been deleted from this recording. Continue reading “A People with Passion correspondence, with Kubrick decoder Rob Ager”


Alex Jackson, Viddied Reviews

It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.

A long, long time ago, probably sophomore year of college, I discovered an independent film reviewer named Alex Jackson who specialized in breaking down the psychology and interconnectedness in Kubrick films. His main theory on Kubrick is laid out in his Eyes Wide Shut review:

“I see 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as the Rosetta Stone in figuring out Kubrick. He depicts savage apes evolving into the comfortable sleepiness of modern civilized man and then evolving again into Star Children, angels, the great next step. Unless guided upon the right path by space aliens, Kubrick seems to believe, we’re perpetually stuck in our comfortable sleep.” Continue reading “Alex Jackson, Viddied Reviews”

From August 6, 2008: Why so seriously unfocused?

On the John presents…

A day at the pictures: The Dark Knight

Completed August 6, 2008

Heath Ledger definitely delivered in The Dark Knight. But what, exactly?
Heath Ledger definitely delivered in The Dark Knight. But what, exactly?

Ever take a blurry picture of a person? Show that picture to someone else and you’re liable to preface it: “It doesn’t really look like him. It’s a bad picture.” This is not a claim that the picture is not of that person. Obviously at that exact moment using that exact tool, that was exactly how the person looked. But that is not good enough. A photograph is expected to capture an “accurate” image of a person, a visual representation that best matches your own idea of what that person “really” looks like. In that respect, it is reasonable to say that a blurry picture does not look like its subject because it fails to match your reality of that person. And this is how I feel about Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight, why I left the movie telling friends “I don’t know if he was good. I couldn’t tell what he was doing.” Continue reading “From August 6, 2008: Why so seriously unfocused?”