Friday, September 30, 2011

This Week's Links

Hey, some other people ran my stuff this week too.

Politics Goes to the Movies: Contagion
(The Maddow Blog)

So I saw Contagion recently, and I can’t get it out of my head—and not just in terms of the increased frequency of my hand sanitizer usage. If you haven’t seen it (and if you haven’t, you should—it’s a taut thriller that moves as quickly and efficiently as its subject), here’s the main thing I keep circling back to: basically, it’s about how the federal government saves the day.

The Love Letter You've Been Meaning to Write New York Gets Delivered to 3LD
(The Village Voice)

As one might guess from its title, The Love Letter You’ve Been Meaning to Write New York is not for cynics. Creator-director Jonathan Solari’s multimedia piece fairly drips with earnest affection for NYC, manifested in gee-whiz dialogue and outsized portraits of city characters that are somewhat less than fresh. But the production’s genuine energy and enthusiasm will win over warmer hearts; it may be mawkish, but it’s a good time.

Open Thread: How Far Is Too Far in Film?

Fantastic Fest, the genre film festival held annually in Austin, Texas (primarily at a Flavorwire favorite, the Alamo Drafthouse), kicked off last Thursday night, with one of this year’s most notorious entries running right off the bat: The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), the clamored-for-by-no-one follow-up to the 2010 geek show (and South Park target) The Human Centipede. That film portrayed, in graphic detail, the “100% medically accurate!” (uh huh) story of a mad scientist obsessed with, um, unorthodox surgery. (I’ll just accept my “understatement of the year” award now, thanks.) The sequel is the tale of a loathsome mental case obsessed with the first film (meta!), though, by all reports, its “story” is primarily a clothesline upon which to hang writer/director/sociopath Tom Six’s depravity. About the only credible explanation for the first film’s success (or at least, success enough to warrant a sequel) is the presence of a “carnival sideshow” element in modern genre cinema, pushing moviegoers to ask themselves how much they’re willing to watch.

10 Ridiculously Long-Delayed Movies

This Friday is a day that Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, and Allison Janney probably thought would never come: the release date of Margaret, writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s long, long, long awaited follow-up to his 2000 debut film, the Oscar-nominated You Can Count on Me. Shot clear back in 2005 (and capturing Paquin pre-True Blood and Damon at around the time he shot The Departed), the picture has spent the last six years in a perpetual state of post-production, with most parties involved blaming the perfectionist writer/director, who has seemed unable or unwilling to settle on his contractually-guaranteed final cut. In celebration, we thought we’d take a look at a few other movies that took (or are taking) a bit longer than the standard one-to-two-year gestation period to make it to the big screen (or to your television).

12 of the Most Famous Banned Movies in Film History

As you may have noticed, we’re pretty excited about Banned Books Week here at Flavorwire—so much so, in fact, that we’ve been obsessing over prohibitions of other media. Since there’s no such thing as “Banned Movies Week” (yet!), we’ve assembled a dozen of the most famously banished movies of all time—here and abroad. Check ‘em out after the jump, and throw in your own in the comments.

The 10 Best Quotes from Roger Ebert’s “Times Talks” Appearance

We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re giant Roger Ebert fans here at Flavorwire, so we certainly weren’t going to miss his rare trip from his home turf to ours, for Tuesday’s night’s installment of the New York Times’ ongoing lecture/interview series, Times Talks”—“or, in my case, Times Types,” as Ebert mused, via his computerized voice “Alex.” Because his responses were literally written, the conversation was more quotable than most. After the jump, we’ve assembled our ten favorite Ebert-isms of the night.

Trailer Park: Docs, Death, and Dolly

Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got seven new trailers this week, ranging from the joy of Elmo and Dolly to the horrors of Katherine Heigl; check ‘em out after the jump.

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