A new issue of Bright Lights film journal is up. Featured feature: Robert Keser on "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie" (!). Keser dubs ‘bob "a Candide for the 21st century," and defends him from various Christian fundamentalist attacks. Also worth checking out: Dan Callahan‘s ode to Margaret Sullavan; Robert Castle‘s look at the "The Truman Show" by way of "The Matrix" and "Dark City"; Karin Badt‘s interview with the ever-quotable Lars Von Trier; Megan Ratner‘s analysis of the recent wave of German films portraying the Third Reich; and Jason Sperb‘s revisiting of "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service."
Also a new issue of MovieMaker. Online: David Sterritt‘s interview with Werner Herzog ("I use once in a while, but Iâ€™m still a man of celluloid. I still believe celluloid has better, deeper images."); David Geffner on indie blockbusters; Troy Lanier and Clay Nichols on the changes in teen moviemaking; Daniel Nemet-Nejat on the internet as the new outlet for distributing indie films (with a nod to Greencine); and Bob Fisher‘s talk with "Jaws" DP Bill Butler about shooting the first summer blockbuster.