Friday, November 22, 2013

film links

---Pharrell Williams' Happy

---an excerpt from Jason Bailey's Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece

---Bjork explains television

---The Look of Frances Ha

---Stabilized Zabruder JFK Assassination Footage

---"50 Years of Film Comment"

---"The kids are mostly horrible. Emma Watson's character is especially vile, pouting "I want to rob!" in one scene and then, when she's caught, excusing herself: "I think this situation is a huge learning lesson for me." But the movie gives you no easy position of moral judgment, because it of course replicates the very glamour it criticizes, down to the list of luxury brands thanked in the credits. The movie's pleasures are the same as the teens': the supernatural ease of breaking into beautiful homes (it seems no harder than clicking on a link), the pleasure of the stolen glitter and silk, and the fact that they get away with it for so long despite their obvious stupidity. The LA night is soft with marine haze, and celebrity houses in the Hollywood Hills are lit up like transparent gems. Moreover, the real "Bling Ring" teens, fictionalized with different names in the movie, were in some cases let off with probation because (as I learned from the DVD extras) the case's LAPD detective served as a consultant on Coppola's film. Simply by watching this movie, you've helped pervert justice." --Eleanor Courtemanche

---Magnifying Mirror by Catherine Grant

---"an organized list of filmmaking links"

---Alexander Payne on Nebraska

---Slow Burn

---filmmaking tips from Spike Lee and Roger Deakins

---"I really believe in history, and that’s something people don’t believe in anymore. I know that what we do and think is a historical creation. I have very few beliefs, but this is certainly a real belief: that most everything we think of as natural is historical and has roots — specifically in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the so-called Romantic revolutionary period — and we’re essentially still dealing with expectations and feelings that were formulated at that time, like ideas about happiness, individuality, radical social change, and pleasure. We were given a vocabulary that came into existence at a particular historical moment. So when I go to a Patti Smith concert at CBGB, I enjoy, participate, appreciate, and am tuned in better because I’ve read Nietzsche." --Susan Sontag

---"Otis Ferguson and the Way of the Camera" by David Bordwell

---a scene from Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

---a history of cloud computing

---Sutherland hopes that the young adult franchise sequel the he has a role in will foment revolt

---the spaces of Being John Malkovich

---"You see, film studios aren’t the biggest fans of things like Netflix, Redbox, or Hulu. You know, those things that allow you to pick and choose what you want to watch when you want to watch it for a reasonable, affordable price. The reason is that it eats into their sales of DVDs and pay-per-view rentals, for which they get a much higher cut of the profit. As DVD sales drop, movie studios panic." --Ashe Cantrell

---the arrogance of the Beatles

---"Directing a film is like being pecked to death by ducks" --Buck Henry

---trailers for Duel, Mob City, Noah, Some Velvet Morning, and Pablo


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