Short Attention Span Saturday

Completely distracted today, so why fight it? Here are a few more links that I’ve been checking out this afternoon. First, via Feministing, the news that Kiri Davis’sA Girl Like Me” is up for a $10,000 prize from CosmoGirl (all three finalists are worth checking out, so go there, watch the films and vote).

Second, on her website, Miranda July playfully promotes her new collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You. For more on July’s creatively low-tech approach, see Bob Stein’s post at the if:book blog. July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know remains one of my favorite films from the last two or three years, so I’m looking forward to checking out this collection, maybe after classes are over.

Finally, an interesting Deadline Hollywood Daily post on Grindhouse’s disappointing box office. It’s expected to do only $13 million or so, far less than the predicted $20-25 million. Bad news for the Weinsteins, but I wonder if this is one film that will benefit from word-of-mouth and/or eventual DVD sales. I’m not sure I have an answer for that question, but given that Tarantino’s biggest successes (Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction) are 13-15 years old, is Tarantino’s audience increasingly becoming the kind of audience that will encounter films at home? Rodriguez is obviously a more complicated case here, but QT’s star power as a director was probably a bigger selling point for Grindhouse. Worth noting: the three-hour screening time probably doesn’t help box office very much.

6 Comments »

  1. HarryTuttle Said,

    April 8, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

    Thanks for reminding me to look up Miranda’s website! She’s always refreshingly creative. Are the radio pieces she did for NPR published in this book? I think she’s a wonderful writer. I’m looking forward her new film. What has she been up to?

  2. Chuck Said,

    April 8, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

    Here’s the Amazon link for her new book. No mention of her NPR pieces that I noticed. I haven’t heard anything about a new film, but if you know something, let me know.

  3. HarryTuttle Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 8:41 am

    One of the blurb on the backcover she shows in her slideshow talks about the “swim class in her living room” which was a radio piece I believe. I don’t know, maybe she used that in a new story.
    She published The Boy from Lam Kien (another radio piece) last year.
    Thanks for the link, I might just buy it. It’s the only thing I can get since she doesn’t do her performances in France…

  4. Chuck Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 9:01 am

    I can sympathize. She doesn’t do her performances in Fayetteville, NC, either. I haven’t heard her NPR pieces–I usually listen to KEXP Seattle when I have a choice–but may now try to track them down.

  5. HarryTuttle Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    She did a series for The Next Big Thing. I can’t find them now… maybe they dropped the archives.
    The swimming team class in the living room, or the crime crime crime crime crime genre movie were great.
    Here are two of them :
    - School of Romance
    - Dialogue I, II and III

  6. Chuck Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 10:58 am

    Cool! Thanks, Harry.

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