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1. Over at Goatdog Blog, those incorrigible rapscallions who do the Best Pictures From the Outside In series have turned their gazes on Forrest Gump, which they mostly dislike, and How Green Was My Valley, which a couple of them argue gets a raw deal. It's a good read!

["(John Ford is) such a brilliant visual filmmaker—all props to Gregg Toland's pioneering deep-focus work in Kane, but Arthur Miller's work here is the pinnacle of classic studio cinematography: the heartbreaking shot where Bronwyn gives birth soon after Ivor's death, and it looks like Ivor's ghost is watching over the scene (I realize it's another brother's shadow, but the effect is the same); the elevator rising out of the ruined mine, bearing Mr. Morgan's body and composed like something out of a Renaissance painting; the women turned suddenly into nuns bearing witness at the wreckage; that ineffably sad first/last kiss between Maureen O'Hara and Walter Pidgeon. The performances are all top-notch, especially Donald Crisp's distillation of fatherhood in all its merits and demerits, but also Sara Allgood, who gives Jane Darwell a run for her money as the best Ford female supporting performance (and her speech to the striking miners is even better than Ma Joad's 'We'll go on forever' speech)."]

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2. Photographers Yves Marchand and Roman Meffre have two terrific photo essays, one of forgotten American movie theaters and the other of the long decline of Detroit. Well worth a look.

["In the early 20th century, following the development of the entertainment industry, hundreds of auditoriums were built everywhere in the USA. Major entertainment firms and movie studios commissioned specialized architects to build grandiose and extravagant theaters.

From the 60's, TV, multiplexes and urban crisis made them becoming obsolete.

During the following decades, when they were not modernized or transformed into adult cinemas, they closed one after the other and many of them were simply demolished."]

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3. 3 Execs, 81 cars missing from Nebraska dealership. This is just a Sundance audience prize winner waiting to happen, isn't it?

["Scores of new cars vanished from a western Nebraska car dealership and a prosecutor said Wednesday that some had turned up in other states and warrants had been issued for three missing executives. The 81 Fords and Toyotas taken from Legacy Auto Sales in Scottsbluff were valued at about $2.5 million."]

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4. SXSW Day Three: Bruno Sneak Preview. Hitfix's Drew McWeeny checks in with a look at Sacha Baron Cohen's next film, which seems like the sort of thing that would cause repressed '50s teenagers to rip their seats out of the theater floors and throw them at the movie screen.

["I've never seen a crowd react like that. If they could have gotten into that cage, they would have killed those two. People seem to be having actual mental collapses as they watch these two guys start to strip each other's clothes off, kiss each other's bodies. Bruno gets on his knees in front of the underwear-clad assistant, starts kissing his stomach. Chairs and beer and glass and anything not bolted down all get thrown into the ring. People try to climb the fence to get in. It's chaos. It's the Rodeo sequence in 'Borat' times 100."]

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5. F*** My Life. So this is basically just Reader's Digest's "Life in These United States" with raunchier comment, but that doesn't mean schadenfreude isn't still fun! (h/t: Libby Hill)

["Today, my daughter asked me when was the first time I had sex. After I told her 22 she quickly shouted, "Beat ya!" She's thirteen. FML."]

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Quote of the Day:

"Based on this analysis, it's possible that 8 of the nation's 50 largest daily newspapers could cease publication in the next 18 months."
-Time magazine, in the wake of the closing of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as a print publication
. FML.

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Image of the Day (click to enlarge): Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg promote Tintin to European comic fans and look kinda ridiculous in bowler hats.

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Clip of the Day: Clara at Great Depression Cooking has some kitchen tips that might seem pretty useful in the months to come.


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