Sunday Bookmarks

  Errol Morris’s continuing series of Microdocs for the NYT: Eating Champion ‘El Wingador’“El Wingador is a man truly committed to a certain kind of excellence — or at least, a certain kind of excess. Sure, I could have picked a different eating champion, but I guess I have an affinity for chicken. It is evident that chicken is his favorite...

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The Good Dr. Bordwell on the Nature of the SPOILER and our historic quasi-acceptance of it.

Everyone seems to have a different idea of what constitutes a *SPOILER* in terms of a book or o movie. There is a lot of nuance in what is enticing to watch a film, and what spoils the fun. Many people say, “I enjoyed that movie so much because I walked in totally blind to what it was!” On the flip side of things, the films of Wes Anderson, The Coen...

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Sunday Bookmarks: Terrence Malick Edition

    Yes, these Bookmarks posts have been rather sparse for the past couple weeks, and yes, they will return to normal, soon. But for now, this series by Matt Zoller Seitz on the filmography of Terrence Malick, ALL THINGS SHINING. I’ve always enjoyed these pieces that Seitz puts together for the Museum of the Moving Image, but here he has outdone...

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Sunday Bookmarks (April 25-May 1)

  LionsGate Will Run Scenic Tours to The Cabin in the Woods “When MGM’s financial standing temporarily went to the great balance sheet in the sky, the two biggest projects that were left standing like children in a Charles Dickens novel were the Red Dawn remake and The Cabin in the Woods, a reportedly smart horror film directed by Cloverfield writer...

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Sunday Bookmarks (April 18-23)

  “Film Critic Elvis Mitchell axed from Movieline Nikki Finke, who works for Jay Penske, who publishes Deadline and Movieline and hired Mitchell, posted one explanation for why he was fired. For cause, apparently, for an error in his Source Code review. She infers that Mitchell may not have seen the movie, and slipped a reference to something from...

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Sunday Bookmarks (Super Double Digest) – April 2-17

  Sidney Lumet: Urban Realist With a Humanist Streak“In the history of American movie realism, you might place Mr. Lumet between Elia Kazan and Martin Scorsese. To some extent, this is a matter of chronological happenstance: Kazan was born in 1909, Mr. Lumet in 1924 and Mr. Scorsese in 1942. Mr. Lumet’s career overlapped with both of theirs. Mr....

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Sunday Bookmarks – March 28 – April Fools Day

  C.H.U.D. goes to the The Criterion Collection (NOT)Criterion’s April Fools Day joke, may actually piss a few of the fans of that film off. I never looked to see if the website, Cinematic Happenings Under Development was miffed by this one, but either way, well played Criterion. Well played. Pixar’s full length feature, Totoro (NOT)A well...

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Sunday Bookmarks: March 21-27

  Technicolor Commentary high-lights some of the better NON-spoiler teasers and trailersOver the course of doing my “Diagnosis:Film” posts, I’ve seen quite a few movies. And by that I just mean I’ve seen their fully-spoilerific trailers. It seems like these days a trailer needs to give you every beat from the upcoming film, and it...

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Sunday Bookmarks: March 14-20

  Why see ‘Don’t Look Now’?Coming to BluRay and rep screenings in the UK: “In hindsight, ‘Don’t Look Now’ is the perfect mixture of Roeg’s abilities as a teller of mysterious stories and as one of the most accomplished cinematic stylists ever to peep through a viewfinder. The film smashes up chronology and pieces it back together in a deviously...

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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...

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