Christmas is here, meaning many of us will be stuck in airports across the country with nothing to read. Rather than pick out something by Stieg Larson from the nearest bookrack, let these fine lists guide you toward some more fruitful holiday reading: The Millions; The Daily Beast; Galleycat; The Guardian; The New York Times (Michiko Kakutani's personal Top 20 can be found here); The Huffington Post; O; Laura Miller at Salon (see also: why people like bad books, according to Miller); and Slate. (Many thanks to Richard “No Doubt Distantly Related to Stieg” Larson for compiling this list for us.)
More Top 10s over at The New York Times: In praise of David Fincher, Manohla Dargis says the revolution is being shot on video, and Stephen Holden instructs that the economic catastrophe we faced in 2008 has “left behind a reservoir of dread and cynicism that have speed into every corner of American life, even the movies.”
Peter Bogdanovich on the passing of Blake Edwards.
Olivier Assayas's Carlos tops Film Comment's “annual end-of-the-year survey of notable film critics, journalists, film section editors, and past and present contributors
that don't include any writers from Slant Magazine.”
FOX News viewers believe the darndest things.
Matt Zoller Seitz on the scenes every film fan should see.
Photographer Seamus Murphy has made a series of short films to accompany PJ Harvey's new album Let England Shake. The first one, set to the tune “The Last Living Rose,” premiered today on Polly Jean's official site:
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