Tuesday, April 12, 2011

For your consideration — "one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down" edition

Discover MagazinePhysicist Jim Kakalios on the Quantum Mechanics of Source Code

Kim Morgan reminds me that it's been too long since I reached for Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run

Speaking of Woody Allen:
Onion A.V. ClubAlec Baldwin continues to act, signs on to Woody Allen's next film. (An optimist by nature, I'm still hoping, albeit against evidence, that Woody still has one more really good movie in him before he confirms that death really is worse than the chicken at Tresky's Restaurant.)

Archaeology Magazine Interview: Werner Herzog on the Birth of Art. Filmmaker Werner Herzog was given unprecedented access to Chauvet Cave in southeastern France to film the site's Paleolithic art. The result is his latest film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which opens wide in the U.S. later this month. (It's the first 3-D film I've been actually excited about seeing.)

The Gunslinger Guide to Catherine Deneuve

Manohla Dargis at the NYT— Out There in the Dark, All Alone: "Digital technologies have sharpened the image and clouded the question of what is cinema."

Paleofuture.com — In the 1987 issue of OMNI magazine, Roger Ebert predicted a revolution in the delivery and distribution of movies. (Pardon me while I click over to Netflix and iTunes.)

/FilmMichael Shannon Talks About Being Cast As General Zod in ‘Man of Steel’ (Now may it please get a different director? --ed.)

The GuardianDoctor Who: it's back – promising to be the scariest and darkest yet (Am I too dignified to say squee? Nah.)

Last night Elizabeth and I attended London's National Theatre production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle with Benedict Cumberbatch (so splendid in "Sherlock") as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor. It was superb in every respect, although upon reflection I do have some quibbles with the script, especially its final third. It's still an impressive work all around. Despite some narrative elisions for timing and flow, the production finally does right by the novel. Fortunately we didn't have to leave Seattle to do it. The jet lag would be a killer right now.