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Monday
Aug202012

because the night belongs to linkers ♩

Serious Film "Masterpiece Down"! Twelve masterpieces that didn't even get a single vote in Sight & Sound's polling of nearly 1,000 critics including (gulp) Network!  
Observations on Film Art takes a long strong look at the praise, criticisms and "innovations" of Christopher Nolan.
Tit for Tat the finalists for Oscar submission from The Philippines. They've yet to be nominated
i09 has a hilarious rundown of this weekend's penultimate True Blood season 5 episode. Yes, I stopped writing about that show immediately after hating the first few episodes... but I haven't quite been able to stop watching it yet. This is why TV is bad for you. 

Movie City News David Poland crunches some numbers on Hollywood's commercially successful directors and what it takes to justify a $200 million budget
Encore's World is doing some sort of bracketed tournament of essential 90s performances. I'm horrified that Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) lost to Leonardo DiCaprio (What's Eating Gilbert Grape) without a fight. This will not stand! (Actually maybe that's a sophie's choice, both of them being brilliant.) But stand it must. Note to all people, not just Andrew, running polls: leave them open longer! 
Take Out All The Words  has an illuminating piece about approaching tragedies (like The Dark Knight Rises shooting) within a normally "funny" milieu like editorial cartooning
MNPP Jake Gyllenhaal's new role involves gambling like crazy. Gambling addict! Gambling is what actors who aren't boring / predictable do every time they sign on for a movie role, so Jake G probably didn't have to do much research.

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AV Club Sutton Foster interviewed on her transition from stage to small screen on the delightful Bunheads.
Towleroad Rosie O'Donnell had a heart attack! Get well soon, Rosie.
YouTube The Game of Thrones theme performed by a cat 

Live Music Send-Off
Russell Crowe ♥ Patti Smith. In Iceland no less (on a break from filming Noah perhaps? or burning the candle at both ends?)

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Reader Comments (8)

I can't believe some of those films didn't even merit a mention on the Sight and Sound poll. Especially Network, LA Confidential, and Boogie Nights. All of which would be in or close to my top 10. Just goes to show that all lists of this nature are kind of silly. Fun to read and discuss, but really a bit pointless in terms of measuring artistic achievement.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

God, I just looked up Mike Nichols and he only has one film mentioned, The Graduate, with three mentions. Zero for Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe!? Out of that many critics, just craziness! Ugh, just saw that there are also 0 mentions of They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. Need to stop looking at it, just respecting this list less and less.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I know this season of True Blood started poorly, but you have to admit Nat, its become pretty intense and gripping and enjoyable.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermorganisaqt

ok . Because Patty is the MOST awesome signer EVER & if they make a movie about her life Charlotte Gainsbourg HAS to be the one who plays her!...

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstjeans

The scene in "True Blood" where Jessica glamours Hoyt is the reason I watch that show. I don't understand why Deborah Ann Woll is not in 10 movies I can go see right now.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

No mention or tribute to Tony Scott?

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKit

This will sound like a plug, but I guess as someone who helped Andrew with the vetting/write-ups on his 90`s polls, vote for the ones that are still open!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

I agree. Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa is Philippines' best bet for an Oscar nom.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRegina
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