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Debut issue! Eight essays on various films and on film, filmmaking, and art in general. Features original illustrations as well as film stills.

I started Some Notes on Film as a way of encouraging myself to articulate my free floating thoughts about the films I watch. Instead of writing reviews, I try burrowing into specifics: particular themes, motifs, aesthetic choices. I’m writing from the perspective of a filmmaker, and so the observations I make are usually somehow related to me thinking through my own practice.

Topics for this issue include:
- Steve Martin's goofy tenderness in The Jerk
- Josh Safdie's microbudget indie The Pleasure of Being Robbed (as seen on the cover)
- Brian Eno's idea of art as a "trigger for experience" (and why I don't like it)
- Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye and Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel
- Ain't Them Bodies Saints compared to Terrence Malick's Badlands
- Billy Wilder's The Apartment and physicality in screenwriting
- the difficulty of portraying digital life in movies
- plus a lengthy intro essay on the differences between zines and blogs

REVIEWS:

"Visually beautiful and brimming with exceptional writing. The introductory essay offers one of the most coherent messages regarding the world of websites and blogs vs. the world of print that I have ever read. ... This is a substantial work that film lovers and non film lovers can enjoy. If a zine’s mission is to educate, entertain, and expand the reader’s horizons, this one succeeds on every level." - One Minute Zine Reviews (DJ Frederick)

"Tim Nicholas uses movies as a springboard for larger discussions on art and experience in his essays that thoughtfully merge text and image." - Time Out NY ("30 zines to pick up at the Brooklyn Zine Fest")

"The essays don’t aim for comprehensive analysis of a movie as a whole; instead they pick at a particular aspect of how cinema does what it does and run with it. ... [I]nquisitive and deft." - Light Documents (Mike Lim)

Half-sized
56 pages
Black and white
Cardstock cover
Saddle-stitched (stapled)

http://www.somenotesonfilm.com/

Some Notes on Film zine, Vol. 1

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