From: National Film Board. The latest feature-length documentary from the acclaimed Canadian filmmaker is co-produced by John Walker Productions Ltd. With venomous social media, resurgent authoritarianism and rampant narcissism threatening to trash civilization as we know it, the time has come for Assholes: A Theory —an entertaining and oh-so-timely feature doc. Venturing into predominantly male domain, Walker moves from Ivy League frat clubs to the bratty princedoms of Silicon Valley and bear pits of international finance. Why do assholes thrive in certain environments? What explains their perverse appeal?
So I pursued my second love, English, working my way around to computers again eventually, working in humanities labs at York and Alberta, and on funded electronic text publications at Guelph and at Alberta. My work focuses on popular reception and remediation of computer technologies, as well as on design for digital media. Now I teach literature, digital humanities, history and theory of media, and multimedia practice. Increasingly, my research engages with emergent forms of social media as a set of complex and consequential rhetorical, literary, and social practices undertaken by ordinary people across the full spectrum of daily life. My current project, a book-length study called Deciphering Digital Life Writing , aims to produce a mode of criticism suitable to extant and future online communication tools, attuned to notions of personal identity, and to the constructive role of technology in mediating these online. Read more.
Eric Kohn. The actor had scored in dozens of low-budget projects and directed a short film a few years earlier, but he had reason to believe nobody else was going to back his feature-length debut. Vack co-stars as a demented addict opposite his sister Betsey Brown as Adah, who falls for junkie Aaron Jack Dunphy , and the pair engage in a grotesque, drug-fueled romance replete with STDs in extreme close-up. I thought I was making a snobby arthouse movie. These days, that might not be so far-fetched.
NB: This article contains swearing and spoilers for numerous films. Bear in mind that it may be not safe for work, and if you haven't seen a film mentioned in a particular entry, do consider skipping to the next one. Conflict drives drama. Unpleasant people create conflict.