by Rob Boylan
Apologies for the lack of images and probably the spelling and grammar. I'm away and don't have access to my computer so everything is foreign to my fingers here and I've only had my phone to keep track of the stuff I read this week (also I didn't read that much, so I'm playing catch up).
I'm also in the middle of helping some friends out with a 100 hour film contest.
It's hard to write flip things about the silliness of film news after something like Sandy Hook Elementary happens.
News, links, etc:
-A breakdown of some of the likely Best Foreign Language Film Oscars nominations, which will be announced on Friday. (Deadline)
-And all 282 film eligable for Best Picture. (Deadline)
-Science tells us why The Hobbit looks so shitty at 48fps. Jackson and his HFR buddies are just wrongheaded (in my opinion) about the whole thing. Why the hell does anyone want their film to look like real life? Isn't that the whole point of going out and watching a film, to experience something different? (Movieline)
-Film Comment released its top 10 (top 50 actually) list and it's a good one. Holy Motors made the list I submitted the other day. It's so manaically great, you'll either love it or hate it. (Thompson on Hollywood)
-Quentin Tarantino and producer Reginald Hudlin on Django Unchained and why Roots was some bullshit. (Daily Beast)
-Sienna Miller on Tippi Hedron and the NOTW hacking scandal. (The Guardian)
-People are surprised by this every year, but there are some heavy hitters like Les Mis, Django unchained and Amour which are ineligible for some guild awards, like the WGA Awards. (Hit Flix)
-Hans Zimmer taking over for Jack White in scoring The Lone Ranger is in that strange nether region of a being (probably) a good move but not a positive move. I know Zimmer is an Oscar winner, but meh. (/Film)
-Red Box is starting a streaming service with about the same pricepoints and features as Netflix. They are a year too late with this. (Criterion Cast)
-Having trouble remembering who is who in The Hobbit? (Wired)
-Some trivia from the Ghostbusters live reading directed by Jason Reitman. As for number 3, they do wear blue suits at one point during the montage. (/Film)
-Special thanks to Matt Singer for filling my head with all of the scary travel motifs he found in films this year that I read in the airport waiting to get on a flight to Denver. (Critic Wire)
-A deleted scene from HBO's Picture Paris short film with Julia Luis Dreyfus, which airs on HBO tomorrow night, 12/17. (HBO)
-A bunch of early CGI animated Lillian F. Schwartz short films from the 70s, which I haven't gotten a chance to watch yet. (MUBI)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-The teaser for Pedro Almadovar's I'm So Excited. (IndieWire)
-Park Chan-wook and his brother Chan-kyun have another short film coming out, called Day Trip. I still haven't managed to see Night Fishing. (@PierceConran)
-The first poster for Soderbergh's Side Effects. (IMP Awards)
-Images from Monsters University and Frozen, and posters for the new Studio Ghibli films. (IndieWire)