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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.

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Mostly Links (Slight Return) 22 June 2012

by Indy Datta

Nobody ever erected a statue to a critic

For reasons that will become clear in the fullness of time (or next Friday, whichever is sooner), Mostly Links will not be making a return to weekly fixture status on these pages, but is dropping by this week for old time’s sake. How’ve you been, readers? You look great. Yeah, I’m fine, you know. Same old…

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The Back Page, June 1 2012

 

It’s Marilyn’s birthday today. She would’ve been 86 today. Imagine that! I bet you can’t. Anyway, fuck me but June 1st is crowded. Andy Griffith, Bob Monkhouse, Edward Woodward, Morgan Freeman, Ronnie Wood, Brian Cox (the proper one, not the slack-jawed wonder-merchant from those tv shows about Jupiter), Gerald Scarfe, Jonathan Pryce, Alanis Morissette, Heidi Klum, René Auberjonois, Cleavon Little, JASON DONOVAN, seriously I could do June 1st every day for the rest of the year. Although this is my last Back Page so I won’t.

Obviously, there’s only one big release to put the trailer up for this week, the one everyone is talking about.

That makes me sad.

Nice out-link for you today, on how Toy Story 2 was deleted. Twice.

Even nicer links in, here are the week’s MostlyFilm articles.

Minor Characters – Slight Return, a follow-up to our previous article on small parts that have a big impact

We’re all in it together, on what makes a good ensemble film

Ol’ Marrsters, on the touring exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci sketches and what they tell us about the man

The Known Unknowns, about the toilers in the engine room of Keeping Kids Happy

Join us next week, following the super-long Jubilee bank holiday, for a short science fiction theme week, with Prometheus, Stalker and the post-script to Hankinshaw’s epic If My Calculations Are Correct.

The Back Page 25 May 2012

It’s Frank Oz’s 68th birthday!  He’s the one with the moustache and an expression of barely-suppressed glee, watching Jim Henson demonstrate a Skeksis puppet.

Trailer of the week – well, I would have put the trailer for Barbaric Genius here, but y’all saw it yesterday so I’m not going to repeat myself. Odeon Panton Street (that’s Panton Street, in God’s own city of London Town. If it’s not on near you, why not ask your local arts cinema?), this week only. So let’s have something we can get our teeth into instead.

Jeez. OK, so, it’s not a badly cut together trailer. ‘Magical pregnancy unicorn’ made me half-smile like Joey off of Dawson’s Creek, but maybe I was having a stroke. Hard to tell. I’d like to go back to the mid-nineties and show Chris Rock this trailer. Wouldn’t you? When did this become a thing, by the way? Narrative movies based on self-help books? I’m prepared to bet a substantial amount of money that someone is pitching ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’ as an ensemble piece right now. Jennifer Aniston as Venus! Ryan Gosling as Mars! Can we get Bennifer? Oh, wait. Oh. Oh, fuck. Incidentally, the What to Expect books are hideous.

Sturdy link for you – a roundtable chat with the creators of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Deadwood. One of them is called Weiner, so… there’s that.

It’s been a GRATE week for MostlyFilm this week. Lovely stuff, and here it is:

A Study in Scarlett Part 2more of our Gone With the Wind frocktacular

This Was One of My Records of the Week – a wry, sideways (ha!) look at Top of the Pops 1977

Mostly Noise – unmissable gem on godliness in hip-hop

Are you sure you want to do this? – behind the scenes of Barbaric Genius, by director Paul Duane, also unmissable

Join us next week for LOTS OF GREAT STUFF. Seriously.