1. “Hollywood Ending Near for Orson Welles’s Last Film.” The New York Times reports that cinema buffs are one step closer to seeing The Other Side of the Wind.
“For more than four decades, Hollywood insiders, financiers and dreamers have been obsessed by the quest to recover The Other Side of the Wind, the unfinished last film of Orson Welles. Cinema buffs consider it the most famous movie never released, an epic work by one of the great filmmakers. Endless legal battles among the rights holders, including Welles’s daughter, kept the 1,083 reels of negatives inside a warehouse in a gritty suburb of Paris despite numerous efforts to complete the film—a movie within a movie about the comeback attempt of an aging, maverick director played by John Huston. The quest may be over. A Los Angeles production company, Royal Road Entertainment, said on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with the sometimes-warring parties to buy the rights. The producers say they aim to have it ready for a screening in time for May 6, the 100th anniversary of Welles’s birth, and to promote its distribution at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif., next month.”
2. “Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems.” In this extract from When Google Met WikiLeaks, Julian Assange describes his encounter with [Eric] Schmidt and how he came to conclude that it was far from an innocent exchange of views.
“By all appearances, Google’s bosses genuinely believe in the civilizing power of enlightened multinational corporations, and they see this mission as continuous with the shaping of the world according to the better judgment of the ’benevolent superpower.’ They will tell you that open-mindedness is a virtue, but all perspectives that challenge the exceptionalist drive at the heart of American foreign policy will remain invisible to them. This is the impenetrable banality of ’don’t be evil.’ They believe that they are doing good. And that is a problem.”
3. “Nolan’s Hymn to Human Connection.” A stellar piece of writing on Interstellar from Tom Shone.
“The launch is the first sign that I needn’t have worried. It’s a stunning coup de cinema: we hear a countdown and the blast of igniting rockets, not over images of the launch itself, but shots of McConaughey, his face a mask of tears as he drives away from his daughter. That, says Nolan, is the real departure. It should come as no surprise that the maker of Memento and Inception—two masterpieces of watchmaker cinema—should have wound up at the door of Albert Einstein, who deduced the postulates of relativity while processing patents for synchronised clocks as a clerk in Bern. But it was a masterstroke on Nolan’s part to sense the potential for heartbreak hidden in Einstein’s thought experiments, with their sundered twins ageing at different rates, and parted relatives waving to one another from train platforms. Simply put: no departure without leaving someone behind. And so it is that Coop and his crew—Anne Hathaway, David Gyasi and Wes Bentley—first set down on a water planet, where Nolan springs the most fiendish plot device of his career: every hour spent by Cooper on this planet means a seven-year chunk of his daughter’s life back on Earth. Tick tock. Tick tock. Even Hitchcock would have been jealous of that one.”
4. “David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) Talks Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure.” A dramatic pretext is brilliantly played to comic effect in this dry and very funny Swedish film that took Cannes by storm earlier this year.
“There are grounds here for probing drama; there is something of Haneke in Östlund’s formalism, although Östlund has no interest in the Austrian master’s ponderous sensitivity. As predicated by its musical overture, Force Majeure is a comedy; as suggested in that opening shot, its subject is masculinity. Family and class form a sub-stratum of targets, but the principal attack is on modern manhood, and it’s one that Östlund makes repeatedly, poking and prodding with an almost scientific scrutiny. This film is not an essay; there is no hypothesis stated, no conclusion drawn. Rather, Östlund establishes a controlled environment, introduces a catalyst and then, for 100 or so minutes, examines the results, while his bemusement rings as loud and clear as the Vivladi violin strains that predicate it.”
5. “Gamergate Supporters Partied at a Strip Club This Weekend.” As a man, Adrian Chen has the privelege of reporting this story without (much) retribution.
“The 8channers gathered at the club moved their chairs into a ragged line and gawked for a few obligatory minutes as a compact Asian dancer extricated herself acrobatically from a fishnet body suit, before forming into tight-knit clusters around small round tables. They were overwhelmingly young white men in their early to mid 20s. An enormous bald man named Hans, an 8channer who had flown from Texas for the party, pointed out three women in attendance, two bona-fide female 8channers, and one girlfriend, a model and actress with a neat Suicide Girl look who was the only partygoer dressed more for the club than Comic Con. ’Naturally, accusations of misogyny are thrown around, but as evidenced by the presence of women, of which there are a few, it is a diverse group.’ Hans paused, then winked. ’By the way, table dances are $10 and lap dances are $75, if you’re interested. May I recommend Ms. Rain?’”
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