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Announcing a New Big Other Series: “A D & Jeremy Talk about Movies”

Jeremy M. Davies, flexing en route to the cineplex

In two days, I’ll be posting the first installment of a new ongoing series at Big Other: conversations I’ve had with my good friend Jeremy M. Davies about movies, new and old, both popular and obscure. It will be called “A D & Jeremy Talk about Movies” (unless we can think of a better title).

This Monday, and on the following two Mondays (the posts will be in clusters of three), we’ll discuss Source Code, Thor, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and many other films (including Sucker Punch, The Man from London, Tron, Tron Legacy, Willow, and Zardoz). In the weeks after that we plan to talk about Captain America, Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class, as well as movies by lesser-known directors like Jacques Rivette, Eugène Green, Agnès Varda, and Jean-Marie Straub and Danièlle Huillet (Jeremy really likes foreign films). And the new Woody Allen film. We’ll also probably talk endlessly about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, because we both love it just so much. And throughout we’ll discuss the current state of the film industry. And comic books, which are synonymous with cinema these days.

For those of you who don’t know Jeremy, he is the author of the acclaimed film-centric novel Rose Alley, and an editor at Dalkey Archive Press in Urbana-Champaign, IL. He was born in Brooklyn, and has the accent to prove it. If you want to know even more than that, here are things online by and about him:

  • Blake Butler’s review of Rose Alley at Bookslut
  • Dan Visel’s review of Rose Alley at With Hidden Noise
  • Jeremy’s article “Reading Wallace Markfield’s To an Early Grave & Teitlebaum’s Window” in Context N°19
  • John Latta’s review of Rose Alley at Isola di Rifiuti
  • John Madera’s review of Rose Alley in the Brooklyn Rail
  • Joseph Dewey’s review of Rose Alley in Review of Contemporary Fiction
  • Lily Hoang’s interview with Jeremy at HTMLgiant
  • my essay about RA in Golden Handcuffs Review, “Cobblestones Turn Me On: Artistic Inheritance and Renewal in Jeremy M. Davies’s Rose Alley
  • my post about Rose Alley here
  • Shira Richman’s review of Rose Alley at Bark
  • some fiction by Jeremy: “The Terrible Riddles of Human Sexuality (Solved)”
  • “Translation Editing: An Unedited Conversation” between Jeremy and John O’Brien in Context N°22
  • an excerpt from the new novel Jeremy’s been working on, Fancy, at /ero guro sensu/

And, yes, he will send you signed copies of the above picture if you email him politely. See you on Monday!

  • A. D. Jameson is the author of five books, most recently I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING: STAR WARS AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE and CINEMAPS: AN ATLAS OF 35 GREAT MOVIES (with artist Andrew DeGraff). Last May, he received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at UIC.

5 thoughts on “Announcing a New Big Other Series: “A D & Jeremy Talk about Movies”

  1. Looking forward to the Uncle Boonmee, Varda, Green, Straub-Huillet, and X-Men: First Class posts. (I ship Magneto/Xavier particularly hard; thrilled with the Fassbender casting).

    Also curious about whether you’ll touch upon the race and gender politics in Scott Pilgrim, which, though I haven’t seen the film in a while, I seem to remember being pretty repugnant.

    1. Hi Elaine,

      We’ll look forward to your comments!

      I’m sure we’ll discuss many facets of Scott Pilgrim. Jeremy and I are pretty big fans of the film, but not blind to its problems. And our friend Justin, who will occasionally be chiming in, can’t stand that film, mainly for political reasons. So if nothing else, he’ll be casting the no vote there.


      P.S. I was a huge X-Men fan when younger.

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