Short Attention Span Saturday

The new semetser begins on Wednesday, which means I probably ought to be doing something other than writing blog entries, but while skimming Green Cine this afternoon, I noticed that James Urbaniak, who has starred in at least two movies I truly admire, Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool and Hilary Brougher’s vastly underrated Sticky Fingers of Time, has a blog. Of note: Urbaniak’s description of some his recent auditions, including one for a Michel Gondry film.

Also worth checking out: AJ’s report on the summer box office for some of this year’s most popular docs, which reports that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth has now passed Bowling for Columbine for third highest grossing documentary of all time.

Update: Reading Jenkins’ Convergence Culture, I was reminded of Jeff Gordinier’s Entertainment Weekly article about the “narrative innovations” he observed in movies such as The Matrix, Run Lola Run, Being John Malkovich and Fight Club, which I want to address in an essay I’m currently writing (more on that later). David Poland has a more skeptical take on the “revolutionary” content of many of these movies.


  1. girish Said,

    August 19, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

    Chuck, I wanted to send you my best wishes for the new semester at your new university.

    I don’t start for another nine days, and I’m spending the weekend finishing up my syllabi. I’ve had the summer off from teaching, and feel quite energized for the classroom again.

    Into the breach! (on second thought, I’m sure the martial metaphor is inapt here, but you know what I mean…)

  2. Chuck Said,

    August 19, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    Thanks, Girish. I think that moving for the second summer in a row has sapped a lot of my energy, and learning the ropes at a new university always takes time.

    Wow, starting on Wednesday, I’ll have to start setting my alarm clock again…

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