1. “David Lynch and the factory archive.” As well as directing some of the most visually distinctive feature films of the past 30 years, the film-maker has a passion for old industrial buildings.
“You know, I always say I like organic phenomena, and the factories that I love are from a certain era and nature is always reclaiming them, and on the walls you see a man-made thing—but nature is playing a big role in the thing as well. Like the light pouring in is nature and the black trees around them is nature, the walls are being reclaimed by nature…Something is happening to the machines. It’s not rust…it’s maybe a little bit of dust and some age…from the machines being old. It’s just all these little parts catch the light in a certain way, it’s such a thrill. Beyond the beyond.”
2. ”Lone Survivor’s Takeaway: Every War Movie is a Pro-War Movie.” Even if films don’t glorify conflict itself, they all come down to good guys against bad guys.
“In an interview with Newsweek following the release of Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg declared that ’every war movie, good or bad, is an antiwar movie.’ What Spielberg means, I believe, is that insofar as every war movie depicts the brutality and horror of wartime, every war movie takes an implicit stand against it—that is, to make war look real is to make war look bad, and to make a movie that makes war look bad is to make a movie that’s anti-war. This seems reasonable enough: Surely nobody leaves Saving Private Ryan under the impression that Normandy was a lot of fun for everybody involved, just as surely nobody leaves Lone Survivor under the impression that the average Navy SEALs operation is a cinch. Therefore, the thinking goes, Saving Private Ryan and Lone Survivor must be anti-war movies.”
3. “Alice: Out of Wonderland.” Jan Švankmajer’s Alice is a great work of surrealism, shaking child’s play free of safely canned sentiment.
“Jan Švankmajer’s Alice is a great film without these contexts, but to revisit it in this present American pop cultural dimension is to feel nearly blessed by its calm, reassuring sanity and beautiful curiosity. As the title indicates (though the original Czech title Něco z Alenky roughly translates to the more suggestive and revealing “Something from Alice”), Švankmajer’s film is a pared work that emphasizes the girl of the title at the expense of her normally requisite wonderland. What will immediately strike viewers, particularly those new to the claustrophobia of the director’s work, is the fact that Alice, played by the eerily poised Kristýna Kohoutová, never seems to really go anywhere. Her wonderland appears to be composed of the empty rooms of her house, and maybe of the nearby sheds that have been potentially erected on her family’s property.”
4. “Remembering Rain Man” Matt Patches on the $350-million movie that Hollywood wouldn’t touch today.
“At a budget of $25 million, it would fall right into Hollywood’s blind spot: too expensive for a character-driven, ’indie-minded’ picture and too small-scope to throw money at. (Today’s ’safe’ prestige bet is more like August: Osage County, a Pulitzer Prize winner with 18 speaking parts primed for A-list stars.) There wasn’t a target demographic for Rain Man, nor a case study that could predict it would become a massive hit. Even the pairing of Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, two of the biggest stars on the planet, would demand a higher concept. Unless Raymond the autistic savant was the key to protecting Earth from time-traveling space monsters, there’s little chance that pairing would be worth the gamble. And yet, Rain Man was green-lit, untouched by the plague that runs rampant through the industry: overthinking.”
5. “Steve McQueen to work on BBC drama.” 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is working on a drama about the lives of black Britons for the BBC.
“The 44-year-old told The Daily Mail the drama would be ’epic in scope’ and follow the lives of a group of friends and their families from 1968 to 2014. ’I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,’ McQueen said. The director is expected to pick up an Oscar nomination next week. He was nominated for a best director Bafta earlier this week, adding to his growing collection of nods for his work on 12 Years a Slave. McQueen said his BBC project, which is still in its early stages, would be developed over the next year with a writer and group of actors.”
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