Thursday, August 7, 2014

thinkpiece links

---John Waters appreciates The Girl Can't Help It

---a scene from La Femme Nikita

---1000 Movie Snapshots

---Godard's trailers

---James Brown performs before the Rolling Stones

---25 short films

---"Hell is other selfies."

---Richard Brody considers Barcelona

---"The rest of the train has everything it could want, because desire cannot survive without lack to give it meaning. If you have everything you want, you don’t have want at all. Conversely, to believe that you don’t want for anything, 'nothing' needs to exist to make extraneous desire unthinkable. This is the first purpose of the tail section: to convince the rest of the train that they have everything they desire (and want nothing), the tail section passengers must exist so as to provide a zero-point from which pleasure and desire can be measured. In this way, by creating a space in which desire and frustration and hope and fear can actually still be exercised—because the first class passengers can never change or progress or grow or evolve—it becomes possible for the 1% to forget that they are standing still on a moving train.

In this way, even the 'revolution' only keeps the system sustainable."  --Aaron Bady

---nostalgia and The Guardians of the Galaxy

---filmmaking tips from Shirley Clark and Kentucker Audley

---an excerpt from Glenn Kenny's Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor

---Satoshi Kon--Editing Space and Time

---Joe Swanberg considers the financial life of the independent filmmaker

---trailers for Into The Woods, Interstellar, Jimi: All Is By My Side, Get On Up, The Theory of Everything, and The Longest Week

---"History of Film: Once Upon a Time in the West"

---Wild and Woolly

---Lacey Rose profiles Nic Pizzolatto

---downtown Los Angeles

---the opening title sequence of The Fall

---"TMZ has been the most influential and important media organization of the last decade. It’s not in good taste. It’s brazen, proud of its gaudiness. It’s altered the way that news about celebrity is treated, spread, and consumed — and earned its place in a lineage, spanning from Confidential magazine to the National Enquirer, that turns 'celebrity gossip' into serious investigative journalism impossible to ignore.

But TMZ’s remarkable success and reputation have come at a price, as the demand to acquire and 'own' scoops while simultaneously catering to a demographic of untraditional (read: straight male) gossip consumers has transformed a rag-tag group of reporters invested in illuminating Hollywood hypocrisy into a cabal of ruthless, click-hungry, and aggressive TMZers with little journalistic training and a tolerance of misogyny, both within the workplace and on the site and television show." --Anne Helen Petersen

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