1. “U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On for Hours.” Investigators Believe Plane Flew On for Total of Up to Five Hours.
“U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner’s transponders to avoid radar detection, according to one person tracking the probe. The investigation remains fluid, and it isn’t clear whether investigators have evidence indicating possible terrorism or sabotage. So far, U.S. national security officials have said that nothing specifically points toward terrorism, though they haven’t ruled it out.”
2. ”Showgirls Is a Good Movie.” Haley Mlotek on Paul Verhoeven.
“Maybe you’re sick of discussing awful male directors. Or maybe you think there are male directors who are awful, but still need a defense based on the strength of their work, or even that they are misunderstood geniuses and not awful at all. You’ve seen the films and yes, you recognize the misogyny, the excessive violence, the homophobia, but you can recognize that without throwing away the gorgeous cinematography, the artful cadence of the dialogue, the contributions he’s made to the field of filmmaking. And so to heck with society’s puritanical standards of good taste, you’re just going to keep watching those Woody Allen movies and you don’t care who knows it.”
3. “Wes Anderson’s Elegy to Stefan Zweig.” Max Nelson on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
“Anderson’s attitude towards these characters is hard to place. Like Orson Welles in The Magnificent Ambersons, he wavers between critiquing their upper-class neuroses and admiring their gusto, their pride, and their capacity for nostalgia. But where the dignity Welles gave his aristocrats was essentially tragic, Anderson’s nearly always veers towards the comic. For his heroes to become noble, they first have to be made ridiculous; their nobility, in fact, consists precisely in their ability to recognize the ridiculousness of their own pretensions and insecurities. The serious side of life, for Anderson, has little to do with anxieties over class and blood, and much more to do with the passage of time and the difficulty of coexisting peacefully with others.”
4. “A short history of black US indie cinema.” From silent pioneer Oscar Micheaux via blaxploitation and Spike Lee to little-known gems like Sidewalk Stories, we chronicle the rise of the black American indie film in five chapters.
“In celebration of the screening of this unusual work, this survey aims to track some of the major developments, and spotlight some of the key figures involved in, black American independent cinema. These films and figures have striven to create diverse stories of black self-determination and provide correctives to the frequently conservative, paternalistic and repressive representation of African-Americans that has historically existed in American cinema.”
5. “Dystopian Thrillers.” The Rare Hollywood Genre Where Women Rule.
“In a post-Harry Potter world where YA fiction is mega-franchise fodder, feminist sci-fi authors descended from the Atwood school—albeit with decidedly less sexual themes—have produced some of the most popular books of the past decade, nearly all primarily geared toward young adult readers. Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy—the harbinger of the dystopian YA craze—has put approximately 65 million copies into circulation in the U.S. alone; the first two movie adaptations have already grossed more than $800 million together domestically (and the third book, Mockingjay, will be adapted into two films over the next few years, making the franchise a multibillion-dollar machine). There’s Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy, and Marie Lu’s Legend, and of course, Veronica Roth’s Divergent. The latter, which stars a teenage girl born immune to her society’s people-classification system and fated to clash with its leaders, has put 13 million copies in circulation since April 2011 and will see its first film adaptation open in American theaters March 21.”
Video of the Day: It is brought to light that Mitch McConnell’s campaign ad is greatly improved when set to almost any soundtrack:
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