Peeking out from underneath a pile of books to do a quick bullet list of media notes:
- First, this should be a great weekend for movies here in Fayetteville. The Cameo has Satoshi Kon’s highly-regarded anime feature, Paprika, this week (check out Steven Shaviro’s review, which describes Paprika as “the finest, most exhilarating animated feature film that I have seen in quite some time”). Playing at one of the local multiplexes is Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn. I haven’t seen as many reviews of Rescue Dawn, but Herzog is always an engaging filmmaker, so I’ve been looking forward to this film for a while, as well. The Simpsons will still be around on Sunday (and beyond), so save them for a later day when there are fewer interesting movie options.
- Karina has a pointer to a Cinematical interview with Four Eyed Monsters co-director Arin Crumley on social networking and film exhibition. The full interview runs for 49 minutes, so I haven’t had time to watch it just yet, but like Karina, I’m intrigued by Crumley’s metaphor of digital distribution as a kind of “theatrical jukebox.” These questions about digital projection, digital distribution, and social networking are increasingly proving to be the backbone of my book, so I’m really looking forward to hearing Crumley’s take on these issues (hopefully on a slow writing day in the near future).
- Finally, a quick pointer to A.O. Scott’s review of Charles Ferguson’s No End in Sight, which looks like an interesting, compelling documentary about the war in Iraq. Unlike some of the other better known Iraq docs, Ferguson’s film focuses on the policies and practices that got us into the war in Iraq. While many of the chief villains (Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Bremer) won’t be terribly surprising, it sounds like an important film (Note: I just did some digging, and it looks like No End in Sight played on PBS a few months ago).