Tuesday Links, Part 2

Here are a few more links for your reading/watching pleasure:

  • Jason Sperb, of Dr. Mabuse fame, has relaunched his personal blog, Jamais Vu. Jason offers one of the more consistently engaging voices in the academic wing of the film blogosphere, so definitely check it out.
  • Henry Jenkins has an interesting post about his participation in a panel discussion sponsored by Mother Jones on new media and American politics. The panel is a virtual who’s who of American politics and new media, including Lawrence Lessig, Joe Trippi, Grover Norquist, and David Weinberger. Jenkins’ contribution expands on some of the ideas he developed in “Photoshop for Democracy.” Jenkins also points to the videos produced by New York firefighters who are critical of Guiliani, which I’ve been planning to discuss at some point.
  • An interesting Cinematical post on the “best reviewed” films so far of 2007, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The post illustrates the ways in which aggregate review sites can sometimes mislead regarding the “best” films. I’m not saying that Ratatouille isn’t the best film of 2007 so far (really, I’m not, I haven’t seen it), but the films listed so far in the top ten list are pretty unlikely to show up on any Oscar lists and are not necessarily films that critics would include on their end-of-year top tens (not that the Oscars are necessarily the best measure of quality). A solid, if unspectacular, film such as Knocked Up would seem to benefit from soft enthusiasm from a number of critics while more polarizing films might be excluded.
  • Finally, for the iPhone haters out there, a question well worth asking: Will it blend?

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