Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Links to Recent Reading

-- RIP, Ken Russell. Any personal favorites by this filmmaker? I've seen just a small fraction of his work.

-- Joan's Digest, a new feminist film quarterly edited by Miriam Bale. Also: Bale interviews Cronenberg on A Dangerous Method at Moving Image Source.

-- At MUBI, translated by Ted Fendt: "Jacques Rancière, Philippe Lafosse and the public in conversation about Straub-Huillet."

-- At Cine-Tourist, a collection of framegrabs of about 20 hand-drawn maps from films.

-- Image-posts: "The Striped Shirt in Cinema" (Cynthia Lugo) and "The Scarves of Grey Gardens" (Srikanth Srinivasan).

-- At Occupied Territories, Trevor Link's Tumblr page: "Depression, Melancholia and Me: Lars von Trier's Politics of Displeasure"; and a conversation about Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea.

-- How I wish I could catch this Edward Yang retrospective currently playing in NYC: David Hudson gathers links to pieces on Yang's films.

-- (via Andrew Klevan) Yakuza Graveyard is an interesting image-filled Tumblr page featuring posts such as this collection of images of teapots in Ozu's films.

-- The Film Quarterly site is featuring several web-exclusive pieces.

-- via Catherine Grant, a video: "The Cinema According to Luc" [Moullet]. Also: Catherine posts links to sample chapters from over 50 new Palgrave Macmillan/BFI film books.

-- At Serge Daney in English: some postcards Daney sent to actor Melvil Popuad.

-- At Press Play: "Pictures of Loss," a personal series of pieces by Peter Tonguette on grief and mourning in film.

-- An article on gender inequality in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera.

-- This new book by Jordan Mintzer, Conversations with James Gray, looks wonderful.

-- Amy Taubin and J. Hoberman discuss Melancholia and J. Edgar.

-- An interesting re-take on Francois Truffaut by Richard Combs in the new Film Comment.

-- David Phelps on "The silent cinema of [UC Davis] Chancellor Katehi's slow walk of shame".

-- Olive Films is releasing a number of classic Hollywood titles on DVD in 2012.

-- "The End of an Era Arrives as Digital Technology Displaces 35mm Film in Cinema Projection"

-- Great news: BFI is putting out a 4-DVD box of Ozu's silent "student comedies".

-- I notice that Straub-Huillet's Moses and Aaron is being released on DVD by New Yorker Video in a couple of weeks. Is New Yorker back in business? If so, great news.


Blogger Nathan said...

Alas, in french only, but the Independencia piece on Time Out is one of the best recent pieces of criticism I've read. Roughly speaking, about the limitations of the "political thrillers" that view the enemy as a system rather than a process. To the point and very interesting.

November 29, 2011 11:57 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Nathan, is this available online? Might you be able to post a link? Thanks much!

November 29, 2011 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Corey Creekmur said...

Thanks for all of this -- I fancy that I have a good sense of what's out there, and then a list like this reveals to me how much I am missing! I suppose that's good for the ego now and then ... I just returned from Spain with two DVD sets of little-seen Godard (all of the Dziga Vertov films, plus others), and two sets of Spanish experimental cinema -- much to catch up on!

November 29, 2011 12:06 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Corey, sounds like a fun trip! I've seen almost no Spanish experimental cinema; I'll be very curious to hear your recommendations.

November 29, 2011 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

I checked the Olive Films list. I'm glad to see Cassavetes' Too Late Blues getting a DVD release. I saw it once on late night television many years ago. I also have to wonder about the version of Savage Innocents. I have the Masters of Cinema version which includes a brief moment of Yoko Tani topless. Does anyone know if Olive's DVD will be the American release version?

November 29, 2011 12:19 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Peter, I'm also glad that I can remove the wrong-aspect-ratio RUN FOR COVER from my Netflix streaming list!

November 29, 2011 12:20 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Still don't quite know how to get the hyperlink going in the comments section, but:

November 29, 2011 12:21 PM  
Blogger Just Another Film Buff said...

Thanks so much for the round up and the link, Girish!

Haven't seen a single Ken Russell film and haven't been reading much lately (but Phelps' piece on UC Davis march is quite something). That time of the year where I scramble to catch up with festival biggies. The Bangalore IFF starts mid-December. I'm hoping to catch up with some titles there as well (This would be my first film festival!)

Thanks again and Cheers!

November 29, 2011 12:27 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Nathan, thanks for the link.

Srikanth, your first film festival: very exciting. Looking forward to hearing more about the films at Bangalore.

November 29, 2011 12:30 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Rosenbaum said...

Girish, my two favorite Ken Russell films are The Song of Summer (made for British TV, about the composer Delius)--which was also a particular favorite of Robin Wood, and was lamentably missing from Dennis Lim's obit in the Times--and Savage Messiah, perhaps Russell's best theatrical feature.

November 30, 2011 12:44 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks for those, Jonathan! I've seen neither.

November 30, 2011 7:17 AM  
Blogger Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said...

Here's another link for ya:

Ben Sachs -- my longtime colleague, co-conspirator and occasionally collaborator at MUBI and Cine-File.info -- has joined the Chicago Reader as a new full-time film critic.

As part of his new job, Ben is also taking over the Reader's film blog, which he'll now be writing five days a week (the guy is a machine, capable of writing a substantial, well-reasoned piece every day).

Here's today's post, a defense of the tween-marketed comedy Monte Carlo.

November 30, 2011 2:01 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Glad you posted that, Ignatiy. I saw your announcement to it earlier on FB, then forgot to link to it. I like Ben's writing a lot.

Here's a link to all of his pieces in the Chicago Reader archive.

November 30, 2011 8:21 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Also, Ignatiy, great to know that your show will be pursuing other funding options. My bestest wishes to you!

December 01, 2011 6:31 AM  
Blogger girish said...

RIP, Gilbert Adair.

December 09, 2011 8:19 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Also: Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian on Adair.

December 09, 2011 11:30 AM  
Blogger girish said...

An interview with Cineaste editor Richard Porton who has curated an "Anarchism in Film" retrospective that begins this week at Anthology Film Archives in NYC.

December 13, 2011 11:18 AM  
Blogger girish said...

A conversation between Manohla Dargis and AO Scott in the NYT about their favorite films of 2011.

December 14, 2011 12:00 PM  
Blogger girish said...

An interesting video essay by Kevin Lee: "The Spielberg Face".

December 16, 2011 7:43 AM  
Blogger girish said...

The Occupy zeitgeist in 2011 cinema by Nick Rombes at Filmmaker magazine.

December 19, 2011 10:04 AM  
Blogger girish said...

A great new issue of MOVIE (including a Fritz Lang dossier) with essays by VF Perkins, Adrian Martin, Christian Keathley, Alex Clayton, Mark Rappaport, Deborah Thomas, and others.

December 23, 2011 8:16 AM  
Blogger Just Another Film Buff said...

Wish you a very, very happy new year, Girish!

Also, it's been a whole month without a post! How about a new year gift now?!


January 02, 2012 11:02 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Haha! Happy New Year to you too, Srikanth! I know you've had a phenomenal year of watching, reading and writing.

And thanks for asking! A new post is almost ready to go up. Best wishes for 2012.

January 02, 2012 11:18 AM  

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