The new issue of Reverse Shot is up and, as they say, spectacular. The theme (of sorts) is "East Meets West," and they have their writers matching a breakthrough Asian film with a Western counterpart. We haven’t even begun to slog through, and already much goodness.
[W]e hoped not to come to any grand conclusions about the vast differences between two worlds of cinema but rather to foster a better understanding of the processes by which we, western audiences and filmmakers, come to terms with our counterparts who live and work a half a world away.
We’re particularly looking forward to a comparison of Shunji Iwai’s "All About Lily Chou-Chou" (which emotionally wrecked us) with "Movern Callar." Also up: enough interviews and reviews to last you through the season. Bliss.
In the Guardian, Mark Lawson reflects on how and why the upcoming slate of "authorized biography" films will doubtless be bad.
In the New York Times, Sarah Lyall pays a visit to the set of graphic novel adaptation "V for Vendetta," where they closed down Whitehall, between Trafalgar and Parliament Squares, for three nights to film a climactic scene in front of the Parliament building, which, in the film, gets blown up. "Each relevant official had been given a copy of the book ‘V for Vendetta,’ [location supervisor Nick Daubeny] said, and was made aware en passant that Parliament would have to go."
+ Summer 2005: East Meets West (Reverse Shot)
+ Issue 23 (Cinema Scope)
+ Trailer: The Constant Gardener (Yahoo!)
+ Is there a part for me? (Guardian)
+ From the Wachowski Brothers, an IngÃ©nue Who Blows Up Parliament (NY Times)
+ A rapper learns how to cry (LA Times)