Sunday Video Essay: Big Data

In Emily Ferguson’s video essay — which is, notably, free of voiceover — three very different (but all recent) films are used to demonstrate ways in which very dense information and exposition can be done on screen. Moneyball, The Big Short, and Ex Machina are in a direct textual sense, about information and processing information.
A video essay that focuses more on aesthetics than insight, or rather uses aesthetics for insight, is most welcome, indeed.

Mondays Suck Less in The Third Row

Check out these links:
Mark Kermode on Jaws @ 40.
The Most Egregious Acting Oscar-Snubs of the Past 10 Years
Errol Morris on Typography and Truth
For Fans of the Plot of Serial, The Undisclosed Podcast
The World’s Largest Shipyard?


Re-live 1980s Cheese with Green Screen and Vector Graphics and Hitler: Kung Fury


The Cinematography Strategy of Fast-Cutting on Fury Road


Wes Anderson Parody Trailers are a Dime-a-Dozen. The editing is strong in this one.


Shia LaBeouf cautions against living in a van down by the river


The Unauthorized Biography of Vincent Price


Josh Olson on the Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean


In praise of The Chairs in Cinema


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 himself by an aesthetic that treats the editing and construction of the multiple essays in a similar vein as to Malick builds his films. Lots of insight and a gorgeous precis of imagery of the Malick’s filmography which are a (fully intentional) lead-in to the culmination of Malick’s career, Tree of Life (Kurt’s Review). Currently the series is up to the first half of The New World, with presumably one more episode for the directors Pocahontas tale and possibly a pair for Tree of Life (I’m not sure about this however, it takes a long while to properly process these films, and Tree of Life most of all.)

All current episodes are tucked under the seat.

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