A round-up of what’s been happening on the rest of IFC.com:
+ Interview: Diane English on “The Women” – The director defends softening up George Cukor’s 1939 “bitchfest” into a celebration of female friendship.
+ Review: “Burn After Reading” – Matt Singer calls the Coens’ comedy “one of their zaniest, most immature films in the best possible way.”
+ List: Remaking Your Own Foreign Language Film – Five international directors who rehashed their own work in good ol’ American English.
+ Interview: Jamie Kennedy on “Heckler” – The actor/comedian leaps (sort of) into the “does criticism matter” fray and comes up with an interesting toaster metaphor.
+ On DVD: “Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” – Michael Atkinson on Mary Jordan’s documentary that’s a :smashing introduction into the world of mid-century, iconic D.I.Y. rooftop moviemaking,” as well as a one of the great masterpieces of American television.
+ IFC News Podcast #93: Debating Two Toronto Films – Matt Singer and I go yeah/nay and nay/yeah on “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Happy-Go-Lucky.”
+ Opening This Week: A 9/11 noir, a Flaming Lips film and a Coens comedy – Neil Pedley rounds up what’s new in theaters.
Rooftop shorts online: “The Hardest Goal”, Steve Watson’s doc on the village of Ashbourne’s Royal Shrovetide Football Match, also known as “mob football”; and “Wood,” David Fenster’s look at the workers, machines and raw material along the path of timber from the forest to the sawmill.
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[Photo: “Burn After Reading,” Focus, 2008]