1. “Legal Authority for Fighting ISIS.” The New York Times editorial board hammers Congress, Obama over ISIS war.
“The cowardice in Congress, never to be underestimated, is outrageous. Some lawmakers have made it known that they would rather not face a war authorization vote shortly before midterm elections, saying they’d rather sit on the fence for a while to see whether an expanded military campaign starts looking like a success story or a debacle. By avoiding responsibility, they allow President Obama free rein to set a dangerous precedent that will last well past this particular military campaign. Mr. Obama, who has spent much of his presidency seeking to wean the United States off a perpetual state of war, is now putting forward unjustifiable interpretations of the executive branch’s authority to use military force without explicit approval from Congress.”
2. “Everyone Is Mad at Apple for Forcing Them to Download a U2 Album.” New York magazine highlights the tech company’s divisive release of U2’s new album.
“Earlier this week, Apple announced that it would give all 500 million iTunes customers U2’s latest album, Songs of Innocence, by auto-downloading it to their iTunes libraries. But what may have sounded like a good cross-promotional stunt in Apple’s marketing meetings quickly exploded into mayhem when the album began appearing unannounced on customers’ devices.”
3. “What the Economics of ’Snowpiercer’ Say About the Future of Film.” Forbes says Snowpiercer will likely go down as one of the most important films of the year.
“An example of how Hollywood is gently trying to push that envelope is the movie Snowpiercer. If you’ve even heard of the film, it hasn’t been from a barrage of ads on TV or giant billboards around your town. You’ve likely heard of it either from friends singing the movie’s praises on social media or from a promo while searching your cable company’s on-demand options.”
4. “With Shocking Abortion Scene Restored, ’Nymphomaniac’ Makes Venice Fest Most Daring.” Variety says Lars von Trier’s Nymphomanic is now more outrageous than ever.
“When the press first learned that von Trier had been pressured to trim nearly 90 minutes of footage for release, imaginations raced as to what might have been so scandalous as to be excluded. At Berlin, we learned that, apart from a few graphic penetration shots, nearly all of the omitted footage came from the surrounding dialogue between self-proclaimed nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her intellectual interrogator, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), making the talky film, already quite humorous, even denser and more amusing.”
5. “Sit. Stay.” Reverse Shot’s Nick Pinkerton reviews Tsia Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs.
“Tsai Ming-liang, the Taiwanese director, was struck by the sight of a human billboard in Taipei, a man advertising real-estate deals clearly beyond his own grasp. The image stuck in Tsai’s mind, and in time it would provide the kernel for Stray Dogs, 55-year-old Tsai’s tenth feature. At 138 minutes, it’s among his longest. It’s his first shot on digital instead of film. And if interviews surrounding Stray Dogs’ premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival are to be believed, it’s very possibly the last film that Tsai will make for cinemas.”
Video of the Day: Watch the new music video for Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love Me,” directed by creative duo Luke White and Remi Weekes (a.k.a. Tell No One), who won the Golden Lion at last year’s Cannes Festival for their short film “Metamorphosis”:
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