1. “Oscar 2015 Winners.” Academy Awards: Birdman Wins Best Picture Oscar.
“For the third time in four years, Hollywood’s top honor went to a story mostly about itself: Birdman won best picture at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Despite relatively meager domestic ticket sales of $37.8 million, Birdman had been the favorite to win best picture, having swept the top prize at banquet after banquet leading up to the Oscars. Minutes before, Alejandro G. Iñárritu had won best director for Birdman. which also collected Oscars for best original screenplay and the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki. ’Tonight I am wearing the real Michael Keaton tighty whities,’ Mr. Iñárritu said, a joke about the long Broadway walk Mr. Keaton, the star, takes in his skivvies during the film.”
2. “Is Wild Tales what Argentine cinema should aspire to?” Guido Pellegrini on the Damián Szifron film.
“This is no subtle analysis of reasons and origins, only a spectacular, sensational snapshot, or rather an hilarious, infinitely-watchable, and ultimately adolescent cry. The film’s rebellious spirit is immediately likeable, but its obvious calculation and polish soften its rough edges and boost its market value. It’s no surprise that it has become the most commercially successful Argentine movie since records have been kept. This kind of expensive, start-studded, ambitious fare hardly exists in Argentina, and its novelty combined with its shrewd topicality created a perfect storm at the box-office.”
3. “Interview: Kristen Stewart.” Patti Smith interviews the actress.
“It’s so ridiculous for me to hear you say that. You know, I’ve done a lot at my age, and thinking about how you hadn’t started getting serious-serious, hadn’t recorded an album at 24…I read Just Kids and I still have not harnessed something that you wrestled down with serious vengeance. It was just so natural to you, the willingness to allow yourself to explore and create and be free, and not know where you were going. You asked if any of that bullshit affects my work, and it doesn’t, but there are other things that affect my quote-unquote ’work.’ Just Kids made me want—you know, it’s super-romantic and cheesy—but I genuinely started making paintings because of you. I started to believe in other aspects of myself because of that book, because I was like, ’Fuck, I should have done this at 17. I should have gotten that feeling.’”
4. “Destroyed by the Espionage Act.” Stephen Kim spoke to a reporter. Now he’s in jail. This is his story.
“After he was sentenced in April, Kim had to wait three months for the Bureau of Prisons to tell him where to report. It was an odd purgatory — a government that had threatened to put him in prison for decades didn’t seem to care about him serving time once it had reaped the publicity of a guilty plea on an Espionage Act charge. And Kim, after years of fighting to stay out of jail, wanted to go to prison as soon as possible, so that he could get on with his life.”
5. “The Husband Did It.” When a man kills his ex-girlfriend because she leaves him, he is saying: shame and sadness are things I should not have to feel.
“When a cop kills an unarmed man, it is because he senses his power being threatened by fear that he should never have to feel. When a man kills his ex-girlfriend because she leaves him, he is saying the same thing: shame and sadness are things I should not have to feel. What is ultimately frustrating about Serial is that it conflates a mistrust in unfair legal narratives with a mistrust in patterns that are all too real, namely ’the most time-worn explanation for [a woman’s] disappearance: the boyfriends, current and former.’ A skepticism that the husband did it shows a weird, classically American disdain for both authority and the powerless. But if the last year proved anything, it was that there are endless opportunities to misapply victimhood.”
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