DAILY stuff

  • Even though the internet wants to thwart Charlie Kaufman‘s Frank or Francis, Edward Davis at Playlist says the project is being postponed. Come on Hollywood, we’ve seen ENOUGH comic book movies, you owe us more of  The Master and ANYTHING Charlie wants to film. SM has read the script for Frank or Francis, this movie NEEDS to be made, and hey, America loves them some singing and dancing these days, right??
  • Did any Denver area cinephiles get a chance a few weeks back to catch a preview screening of Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild? If not, then head over to the DFS on Friday night and catch another advance screening. Members Only like a jacket though so go and sign up if you’re not a member. The current FILM COMMENT cover story looks intriguing, unlike most of the twee, wacky family/romcom crud that has seeped outta Sundance the last few years. There are some great exceptions such as Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Bellflower, Terri, Blue Valentine, Skateland, Hesher and Winter’s Bone to name a few from the past few years. Jeez, looking at that list makes me realize that since they switched directors of the fest back in 2009, things are moving in the right direction.
  • Finished the excellent book Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema recently – great read if you’re into French flicks – and in the appendix was a list of 156 films by Alain Bergala from French film school La Femis. The list has since been updated to 208 films you have to see. Now this is not a complete canon by any stretch, it’s Bergala’s list for future filmmakers to learn and understand how to utilize all of the tools of cinema. Check it out, see how many you’ve seen.

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