Contagion: The Faces and Door Handles Movie

Tonight’s film choice was Contagion. Three observations worth sharing: 1. The first thing to fold are the unions. When society breaks down, it’s because the nurses strike and the drivers strike and the pilots strike and so on. 2. The thing that keeps going, and both these things are explicitly shown, are nuns. A tender [...]

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The Hunger Games: Mea Culpa

So, where was I all last week? Reading The Hunger Games. I’m sorry! A coworker lent it to me! And it’s one of those stupid books (then series of three books) where if you don’t just finish the damned thing you’ll be up all night every time you pick it up so you might as [...]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXXIV

This is amazing. I love the bit about the cat. Language alert. Extracts from Emma Thompson’s diaries while shooting Sense and Sensibility, from ‘The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries’

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I think this can be taken as a commentary on all national film councils (Peter was telling me about the Canadian animated-short-Oscar-nominees saying their funded projects took 2 and 6 years respectively), but the British ones do tend to be awfully one-trick, eh? Erm, language, and NSFW. Kevin Curtis is a Dead Man

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Jean Dujardin’s Villain Auditions from Jean Dujardin

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Tinsel Town Tops Seven!

The Oscar Nominations are in! All sixity billions of them! And that’s just the nominations for Best Picture! Best Picture War Horse – Haven’t seen it. Hate horse movies. Inevitably feel emotionally manipulated. The Artist – LOVED IT Moneyball – Haven’t seen it. Wanted to tho! The Descendants – What? Was this a movie? The [...]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXX

I dunno how many of you have been watching The Killing (Danish version), or have been paying attention to Girl With a Dragon Tattoo (I haven’t seen either version and I’m not really sure I want to after learning the level of detail about it that I’ve learned so far), but if you have, you’ll [...]

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Yes This Too Comes From The Guardian

The Guardian (see?) – Film Blog: Is The Iron Lady’s heart of gold quite right? Phyllida Lloyd’s Margaret Thatcher biopic has proved so infuriating to so many by insisting on the humanity of the Tories, by David Cox This isn’t a picture you’ll welcome if you think Thatcher must be branded an ogre, but it [...]

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Ladies in Lavender in India

Is this a movie for me or what? We saw this trailer yesterday in front of The Artist, and I was laughing harder than the absolutely ANCIENT people next to us (it’s an art house theater in Palo Alto; everyone’s always prehistoric). All my favourite actors in a movie about old people and travel and [...]

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Fun With Headlines

The Times, homepage, above the full colour photo of Meryl Streep in a blue suit: Cameron attacks timing of ‘Iron Lady’ dementia film First line under the photo: David Cameron launched an extraordinary attack today on… What he actually said: “My sense was: a great piece of acting – really a rather staggering piece of [...]

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Why Does The Snowman

Need to be Close Captioned? …Or need subtitles in English and French?

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXVI

The guy who wrote this is very, very, funny. The topic is very, very, funny. The article is very, very, funny: Empire Magazine – A Brief History Of Bond Film Titles As Bond 23 approaches, we look at the films to date… By Neil Alcock

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXII

The Trinity College website was hacked. In the most beautiful way. The link that follows is a webcache which hopefully won’t break. This has to be the funniest thing ever. Read the whole thing. Twice. Trinity College – Faculties & Schools: School of English Faculty – Dr Conan T. Barbarian, B.A.(Cimmeria) Ph.D. (UCD). F.T.C.D.

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West Wing: Writ Large

You know how the TV version of situations everyone’s always younger* than they really would be in real life? For instance a 22-year-old Nicole Kidman playing a neurologist in Days of Thunder. Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist in The World is Not Enough. Meg Ryan as a helicopter pilot in Courage Under Fire. And [...]

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Trust Hollywood To Take the Most Amazing Technology and Make It Suck

A blog post on colour grading all movies into: Teal and Orange – Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness The funny thing is, adding a colour palette like this is just going to mean that when we look back at all these movies they’re going to look dated as hell. So dated that we won’t be [...]

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