An ordinance by the Indian government banning on-screen smoking has Bollywood all in a kerfuffle. Starting August 1, there will be no smoking allowed either in films or on television, and older films and programs will have to display a health warning when a person who is smoking appears on the screen, in a vain attempt to counteract the fact that it just looks so cool.
In the Independent, David Thomson suggests that the only way to appreciate Antonioni‘s greatest works is to seem all of his films leading up to them in order. Also in the Independent, a look at the relative effectiveness of getting one’s set exorcised/blessed/spiritually cleansed:
[W]hen Tony Kaye was trying to get his own cut of "American History X" approved, the director took a priest, a Rabbi and a Buddhist monk to the meeting with him…to no avail. God may have been on Kaye’s side, but he still didn’t get the cut he wanted.
In the Telegraph, a history of Warp Films, the small UK production house that started off as a record label specializing in electronica. Warp will be releasing the much, much, much anticipated six-minute Chris Cunningham short "Rubber Johnny," which looks SICK and TOTALLY AWESOME. Ahem. Cunningham money quote: "There’s an exploding head in ‘Rubber Johnny’ which is just a tangerine and Plasticine with a banger inside it. And I love that because I did
it in my kitchen, but I still think it looks more creepy than if you’d done it with a computer."
+ Bollywood bans on-screen smoking (Guardian)
+ Get ’em while you can – a master craftsman’s work in full (Independent)
+ The exorcists (Independent)
+ Cheap but never cheerful (Telegraph)
+ Rogue’s Gallery Runoff (Onion AV Club)