Thursday, August 11, 2011

For your consideration — "Sad, beautiful facts" edition

Sound on Sight: The "Gray Ones" Fade To Black — A passionate personal essay that really wells up my own sense of generational despair. Will 20th century movies be watched the way 19th century novels are read now, by only dedicated academics and adherents?

Meanwhile, Kate Kulzick counterpoints: Why the True Classics Will Never Disappear

On a not unrelated note: NPR: The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We're All Going To Miss Almost Everything

Also NPR: On Location: Mansfield, Ohio's 'Shawshank' Industry (audio)

Also also NPR: Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books — Unsurprisingly, more than half of the top 50 have been movie-ized in one form or another. The Science of the Trailer

Great movie taglines according to Filmsite and Tagline Guru

CNBC: The 15 Lowest-Grossing Oscar Winners

Jim Emerson: Our Hospitality: Buster Keaton and gravity

A Bright Wall in a Dark Room: Amanda McCleod on Julie Delpy's 2 Days in Paris, a film I like quite a lot. Now I'm in the mood to see it again.

Slate: I Watched Every Coen Brothers Movie. Here's what I learned. Plus: What Are the Best and Worst Coen Brothers Films? Addendum: The readers speak and David Haglund follows up

Also Slate: The Saddest Movie Scene Since 1995

Parallax View: "You're Goddam Right I Remember" – Howard Hawks Interviewed — Originally published in Movietone News 54, June 1977

Juan Cole: Jordan Plans Green Star Trek Theme Park — Cole on, among other things, science fiction as an international attractor.

Cracked: B-Movie Posters for Classic Films

io9: Why We Love Suspending Our Disbelief

Also io9: "To the Moon" is like a backstage pass to the the sights and sounds of 1960's NASA

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Music: John Barnes Chance
Near at hand: Wind-up robots