Mostly Links – 23 November 2012

by Indy Datta

“Yeah, the bin bag really helped me connect with the character’s craziness.”

Mostly Links can’t lie to you, readers: the news this week hasn’t been particularly conducive to the wry sideways look at events we like to feel we have perfected, and we are dead centre in the film news dead zone, after all the festivals have been and gone, and before the critics’ groups and awards bodies start dishing out the gongs. And we can’t even be arsed to try and be amusingly snarky about the carnival of bollocks that is the week’s big new release, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. So, in something of a break with Mostly Links tradition, the remainder of this week’s post will be given over to interesting recent film links.

For the New York Times, A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis talk about the narrative adventurousness of some recent mainstream films.

For the BFI, Kevin B. Lee traces the evolution of PT Anderson as a film maker through his use of steadicam tracking shots.

David Cairns digs up some disturbing fan mail from the early days of Hollywood.

Indie film-maker Joshua Marston spills Hollywood secrets – how to get your film greenlit.

Alan Moore takes time out from slagging off film adaptations of his comics to debut his new web-based short film series.

Film Comment have added English subtitles to the trailer for Wong Kar Wai’s upcoming The Grand Masters. Posted mainly because the low quality stream, if you blow it up to full screen, looks like a cut scene from a Playstation 1 game. Wouldn’t it be great if the whole film really looked like this?

Not a film link yet, but surely someone is going to option the rights? The strange on-the-lam adventures of the creator of McAfee antivirus.

That”ll do yer, I reckon. Come back next week! for posts about the works of Jia Zhangke, Dennis Potter and Nigel Slater.

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3 thoughts on “Mostly Links – 23 November 2012

  1. It’s ages since we’ve had a wuxia extravaganza. I never get tired of the chic woman who can fight as well as her man, fighting in the forest, slowmo raindrops, and the wise old man. Has this one got calligraphy too?

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