At his blog, David Bordwell has some fine musings on anthology/omnibus/ portmanteau films, both in the 50s and 60s and in their current renaissance, leading up to a plucking out of a half-dozen themes in "Chacun Son CinÃ©ma…"
I like Clooney, and I am prepared to be tolerant with his "strategising" that if you make an Ocean’s Eleven, or Twelve, or Thirteen this year you can make a Syriana next – because, let’s face it, the Ocean’s films oil the machine, while Syriana is "important". Let me modify the above: I like Clooney, yet I think that bargain is hogwash and dangerous.
If the Haneke we’ve embraced recently displays a breadth and vision that reaches far beyond the quotidian (psychology, self-reflexivity, and political resonance are areas he used to avoid), the first-phase Haneke was clearly inspired by the unanswerable existential questions rising like fumes from the most dreadful of ordinary newspaper stories.
Robert W. Welkos at the LA Times reports that Laura Kightlinger is suing Mike White over similarities between her script about a woman who rescues cats and his about a woman who rescues dogs â€” we’ll give you a second to reason out which of these sounds more familiar. The two were friends:
When her agent sent her White’s screenplay to read for a potential part, Kightlinger said she felt it was like a "stab in the back." She telephoned White and "I said, ‘What is going on?’ And he said, ‘Well, does it matter as long as you get it out there? Get the word out about animals?’ "
White denies this conversation ever occurred. He said she left an "accusatory" message on his answering machine. "She and I have never ever spoken about [my] script since she got it," he said.
At Cineaste, Rebecca M. Alvin has a fascinating if slightly sniffy ("So much for the passion of the ‘art house’ audience!") look at "microcinemas," the cinephile equivalent of the storefront church:
Makeshift theaters have spread across a wide range of communities and are taking up residence not only in actual movie theaters, but also in alternative spaces like tractor trailers, cafes and bars, church basements, and even health clubs. They call themselves microcinemas, and they bring with them the promise of a communal cinema experience, showing films with virtually no marketing campaigns, no stars, and no budgets.
Finally, at Slate, Christopher Bonanos answers, for once and for all, if pirates really say "arrrrr."
+ Can you spot all the auteurs in this picture? (DavidBordwell.com)
+ Is George Clooney the new Cary Grant? (The Age)
+ Glaciation and Bloodshed (The Stranger)
+ Screenwriters Laura Kightlinger, Mike White fight like cats and dogs over script (LA Times)
+ Cinemas of the Future (Cineaste)
+ Did Pirates Really Say "Arrrr"? (Slate)