Post-"Jarhead": Tony Perry at the LA Times gathers opinions on Sam Mendes‘ Gulf War movie from active-duty and retired Marines â€” the consensus seems to be that the film is both accurate and dated. And David Carr at the New York Times talks to Joel Turnipseed, another former Marine who wrote a Gulf War memoir, about his claims that "Jarhead" actually lifts, uncredited, several of its scenes from his book, "Baghdad Express."
At the LA Times‘ "The Envelope" section, Steve Pond gathers stories from stage managers about awards show mishaps that aren’t nearly as gossipy as they should be (yes, yes, you have to work in this town, yes). But, if you’re keeping track of who’s difficult:
"I rank them by categories, from the easiest down to the bottom," says
[stage manager Gary] Natoli with a laugh. "Country music artists are at the top. Then
theater people, then soap opera people. Then you usually get TV stars
and movie stars. And then you get rock stars. And then you get hip-hop."
Speaking of, Gary Susman at Entertainment Weekly comes up with a list of "hip-hop’s 10 best performances." It’s a pretty good list, though they’re aren’t really enough rappers acting yet for there to be that much debate. Also, re this choice, is "Deep Blue Sea" stealthily cementing its cult classic status? Say it with us now: "They ate me! A motherfucking shark ate me!"
There’s a new issue of Sight & Sound up: online this month are Michael Eaton on screenwriter Eliot Stannard, Linda Ruth Williams on whether Atom Egoyan‘s "Where the Truth Lies" would more accurately be labeled an erotic thriller than film noir, Roger Clarke‘s review of semi-anthology film "Tickets" (which was directed in parts by Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach and Ermanno Olmi), John Wrathall‘s review of "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," and an uncredited review of "Lower City."
And over at CRI, there a report from Beijing Youth Daily on the oh-so-ironic new problem of American web piracy of Chinese films.
+ Austen-tatious: Joe Wright’s "Pride & Prejudice" (IFC News)
+ Experts’ opinion on ‘Jarhead’? Mixed (LA Times)
+ ‘Jarhead’: Whose Stories Are They? (NY Times)
+ Backstage confidential (LA Times)
+ In Da Club (Entertainment Weekly)
+ December 2005 (Sight & Sound)
+ US Pirates Chinese Movies (CRI)