Friday, October 7, 2011

Your Friday Flavorwires

Gangster’s Mixtape: The Rock & Roll Cinema of Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese’s excellent new documentary portrait George Harrison: Living in the Material World premieres tonight at the New York Film Festival; it will then run on HBO, in two parts, on Wednesday and Thursday night. Here’s a few not-so-brief thoughts on how and why Scorsese has used rock music throughout his career.

Open Thread: Is Playing Yourself Still Acting?

Last week we had one of our periodic Flavorwire editorial meetings, and the conversation turned to Zooey Deschanel. (As it pretty much eventually always does.) Contrary to whatever direction you might presume we’d lean on Ms. Deschanel, there were a wide variety of opinions in the room, from indifferent to stubbornly affectionate (yours truly) to exhausted (“I’m about up to here with her”). While everyone basically agrees that her new show New Girl is nothing to write home about, there is a divergence as to why—some say it’s ill-conceived and mediocre, while others place the blame squarely on Ms. Deschanel. When I heard the phrase “She always just plays herself,” my ears perked up. Here’s a favorite topic that I’d not had the chance to engage in for a while: the question of persona vs. versatility in acting.

Our Favorite Poems About Movies

As you may have heard, today the first Thursday in October, and is thus National Poetry Day. In celebration of this beloved writerly holiday, those of us over here in the film corner of your Flavorwire decided to post some of our favorite poems about our favorite subject: the movies. Join us after the jump for a few of our favorite cinematic poems, as suggested by the indispensible volume Lights, Camera, Poetry! (edited by Jason Shinder); feel free to add your own (or what the hell, make one up) after the jump.

Ranking Your Cinematic Presidents from Worst to Best

This week, another image of the American presidency hits multiplexes in the form of George Clooney, whose new film The Ides of March concerns a handsome governor running for the highest office in the land (with the help of equally dreamy staffer Ryan Gosling). In commemoration of this significant date in Presidential mass media history, and with Clooney’s Mike Morris aiming to join the ranks of cinematic commanders-in-chief, let’s rank ten of the most memorable movie Presidents from worst to best. (And to clarify: we’re ranking them as Presidents, not as enjoyable movie characters). Check out our rankings after the jump, and let us know if you agree in the comments.

Trailer Park: Special “All Good Trailers” Edition

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 six new trailers this week, and--for the first time in the feature's history--they all look varying degrees of worthwhile. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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