Sunday, January 11, 2015

ICYMI: Godard, Cronenberg, Golden Globes, and Me on the TV

Last week, I wrote a piece for Flavorwire about the super-suspicious timing of the now-deafening "controversy" over Selma's portrayal of LBJ. I'm lucky that my wife is my biggest fan--and a senior producer on All In with Chris Hayes. She sent the piece around to the staff, and they liked it enough to invite me on the show Monday night to talk about it. So here's that. I managed not to say any fuck-words!

And now, this week's links:

Godard’s Best Picture Win: When a Critics Group Dares to Break With Critical Consensus

What David Cronenberg Doesn’t Get About Rotten Tomatoes (and Online Film Criticism)

Noted Gender Expert Russell Crowe Explains Why Actresses Over 40 Complain About Hollywood’s Obsession With Youth


Moviegoing Hit a 20-Year Low in 2014. Is the Death of the Movie Theater Inevitable?

Flavorwire’s 2015 Golden Globe Picks and Predictions

Flavorwire’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015


The 10 Goofiest “Viral” Marketing Campaigns in Movie History


Celebrate Nicolas Cage’s 51st Birthday With His 51 Looniest Out-of-Context Dialogue Quotes


Remarkable Photos Highlight the Athleticism of Pole Dancing


Saturday, December 13, 2014

ICYMI: The Big Longread, The Sony Hack, and the Beginning of the End of the Year

Writing for the Internet can break your heart. Don't get me wrong--I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity to actually making a living writing about movies. But too often, the thing you really spend your time and pour your heart into lands on your site and vanishes almost immediately, while the throwaway thing you toss off in a half hour becomes your best performer in a week. I know, I know, traffic shouldn't be the only metric, and it's always nice to have work that's noted and appreciated by your peers and fellow film fans. But when you work really hard on something, it's nice to know that eyeballs are on it. Nine times out of ten, that's not the case.

Thankfully, this was the tenth time. I'd been working on this piece for several weeks now, formulating theories, crunching numbers, doing research, attempting (and occasionally landing) interviews. It went live this week, and it's become one of my most widely-read articles--lots of tweets (from not only fellow tweets, but Felicia Day, FAINT), wonderful feedback, links from my favorite film sites, and today, the ultimate goal for a long piece of ambitious writing: a link at Longreads.

So thank you to everyone who took the time (18 minutes, according to Longreads!) to read it, and to share it. And if you haven't yet, well, here ya go.

And as if that wasn't lovely enough, another piece did very well this week too. I'd initially resisted writing anything about the information culled from the Sony Pictures hack, so when I decided to, it was less for salacious gossip than for something genuinely informative about race in Hollywood. Here's that.

And the rest of this week's links:

Why Is the Weinstein Company Dooming Two of Its Best Oscar Prospects? [UPDATED]

Why Did It Take Chris Rock So Long to Make a Great Movie Like ‘Top Five’?

In Defense of Seeing the Movie Before You Read the Book

Fascinating Early Drafts and Alternate Versions of ‘Star Wars’ Movie Posters

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ICYMI: Mike Nichols, 'Mockingjay,' Trailers, and Pop Culture's Closed Loop

Is Television Sacrificing Its Golden Age to the Closed Loop of Pop Culture?

Why Mike Nichols Was So Much More Than ‘The Graduate’

“What’s Discriminated Against Are My Choices”: Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Representation, Love Stories, and ‘Beyond the Lights’

‘Basement Tapes’ Syllabus: An Essential Bob Dylan Reading List

How Insane Was the Real-Life Millionaire Murderer at the Center of ‘Foxcatcher’?


50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors


A Brief History of Jon Stewart’s Side Projects


The 8 People You Meet in a Screwball Comedy


Cool Illustrations Pair Hollywood Icons with Famous Architects