Sunday Bookmarks: March 7-13


  • An Apology for Roger Ebert
    “Here’s what the late Pauline Kael wrote about the relationship between movies and art. Listen carefully. “There is so much talk now about the art of the film that we may be in danger of forgetting that most of the movies we enjoy are not works of art … Movies are so rarely great art, that if we cannot appreciate great trash, we have very little reason to be interested in them.” So, here we have two of the world’s most highly-regarded film critics, sadly assuring us that most movies are not great art. Defining “great art” apparently isn’t enough. We also have to figure out how to distinguish great art from trash.”
  • The Digital Restoration of Taxi Driver
    Sony’s Grover Crisp understands the science and art of film restoration as well as anyone working in Hollywood today. As the Senior VP for Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for Sony Pictures Entertainment, he’s personally supervised scores of great film restoration efforts for the studio – both physical and digital – including such classics as The Bridge on the River Kwai and Jason and the Argonauts. Most recently, Crisp and his team have completed an effort to restore and preserve director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed 1976 drama Taxi Driver.
  • The Ashtray: The Ultimatum
    A Five Part Essay from Errol Morris details an autobiographical narrative on meaning, truth, intolerance and flying ashtrays. Essential Reading.
  • Quentin Tarantino sues neighbour over ‘blood-curdling’ noise of pet birds
    Although the defendants “know that their birds issue blood-curdling, prehistoric sounding screams, they do not maintain the macaws in their residence, but place them in an outdoor aviary,” the suit goes on. “Though one might assume that, as a fellow writer, Mr Ball would understand and respect a writer’s need for peace and quiet while he is working, that assumption would be wrong.” No word yet from either Mr Ball or his partner. The macaws, we imagine, have already had plenty to say.
  • Incendies edges Barney’s Version at Genie Awards – Captain Kirk presides over ‘Canadian Oscars’
    Incendies, a searing drama about a devastating family secret, won the top filmmaking prizes at the Genie Awards Thursday night, including Best Motion Picture, while Barney’s Version dominated the acting awards, although none of the trio of winning American stars showed up to claim their Canadian statuettes. Host William Shatner, tieless and casually dressed in a dark suit and open-necked shirt, strode through the audience to the stage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and dryly announced: “I’m Canadian icon William Shatner.” He then kicked off his monologue with a slapshot to Oscar’s head for last month’s telecast bomb courtesy of hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. “I’m so thrilled to be here,” Shatner said. “In fact I’m lucky to be here because they wanted a host that appealed to a younger audience. Then they watched the Oscars.”


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