In what will hopefully be a regular Friday thing, I’m going to start listing the week on the site outside of this blog to catch anything that may have slipped through the cracks:
+ Interview: Fred Durst on “The Longshots” – Aaron Hillis talks with the Limp Bizkit frontman about how he’d like to be taken seriously as a filmmaker.
+ Interview: Whit Stillman on “Metropolitan” – Stephen Saito caught up with the king of the ’90s comedies of mannerlessness to find out what he’s been up to in the decade since “The Last Days of Disco.”
+ List: Ten Disturbingly Powerful Fictional Film Corporations – Nick Schager on the ultimate movie monsters – the malevolent corporate behemoths that tend to haunt sci-fi films.
+ On DVD: Larisa Shepitko, “A Throw of Dice” – Michael Atkinson on a set showcasing one of the foremost figures of the Soviet New Wave, along with Franz Osten’s1929 work of Euro-exoticism.
+ IFC News Podcast #89: Famously Disastrous Film Productions – Matt Singer and I sum up film productions legendarily troubled by accidents, untimely deaths, unchecked egos, runaway budgets and the acts of an unforgiving god.
+ Opening This Week: Jazz living, Asian-influenced horror and Woody Allen – Neil Pedley rounds up what’s new in theaters.
Rooftop shorts online: “Polvo” (Dust), a Spanish narrative, directed by Ylva Forner, about a young woman working as a maid who receives an unexpected side offer; “Revolution Of The Crabs,” Arthur de Pins’ animated film telling the story of “a self-defeated Marbled Rock Crab and his species’ 120 million years of tragedy”; and “One Skin,” Gudrun Cram-Drach’s animated short that also recently screened in the experimental program of this year’s Animation Block Party.
[Photo: Fred Durst on the set of “The Longshots,” MGM, 2008]