Friday Links

I’m going to try to put together at least two more Full Frame posts later this weekend, one a series of shorter reviews for a few other documentaries I liked but won’t have time to review at length and a post inspired by some of the panels I attended.  For now, a few quick links:

  • I’ve been trying to avoid mentioing it before, but it appears that Ali Larter is, hmm, Obsessed with me. To be honest, I’d heard nothing about this film until I saw the viral video in my Twitter feeds, so the video has succeeded at least on that level, while providing at least some information about the film itself.  Unfortunately, Obsessed also looks like one of those generic scary stalker-chick in the workplace movies a la Fatal Attraction, so I’m not that interested.  And I’m not really interested in giving a film studio my phone number (as the video requests at the end).  I like Ali Larter well enough, though, so I’m willing to be convinced otherwise.
  • Sujewa pointed out these fake Mumblecore movie trailers available on Chris Holland’s blog. They’re pretty funny, especially if you’ve seen a few Joe Swanberg films.
  • Speaking of Mumblecore, I finally watched the Duplass Brothers’ Baghead, their follow-up to The Puffy Chair, which is still one of my favorite recent indie films.  Baghead follows four filmmaking wannabes to a cabin in the woods where they hope to write a successful screenplay starring themselves.  I think the film works well as a commentary on the desires for indie stardom (and works somewhat well as a parody of the Blair Witch phenomenon, even while having some vaguely scary moments).
  • Videomaker has a roundup of a discussion on whether “digital distribution” is useless.  Until we begin figuring out the most effective models for distributing movies and filters for helping viewers find it, digital distribution may not appear promising, but it is important to remember that it’s still very early in the history of accessible digital video on the web (and to remember that a large percentage of people in the US don’t have broadband internet or, in some cases, access to it).

Finally, just a blanket note to some of the people who have sent me screeners.  I’m working on getting to them, but may not be able to watch all (or any) of them until the semester ends in three weeks.  Which gives me an excuse to (belatedly) link to story about the independent filmmakers who posted an ad on Craigslist offering to buy a quote from someone who “calls” himself or herself a film reviewer (here’s the actual ad, soon to expire, I’d imagine).

Update: Just wanted to mention this TV Week column on the online campaign to save the NBC series, Chuck, one of the funnier and more clever shows out there right now (and I’d say that even if I didn’t share a name with eponymous main character and leaders of the Nerd Herd).  The column suggests that the networked nature of Twitter and the use of reputable TV critics to promote “Chuck Week” represents something slightly different.  No matter what, it’s good to know that there are so many “pro-Chuck” messages circling throughout Twitterland.


  1. Sujewa Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    What is that Obsessed thing? Is it a marketing thing by the studio to reach out to critics? Very strange (& maybe a good way to go if you want to either freak some people out or get them interested in the film – some critics I mean).

    – Sujewa

  2. Sujewa Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

    Oh yeah, looked it up, the Obsessed thing it’s a fun thing people can do to freak other people out – hmmm, good way to market the movie (& freak some people out) I guess.

    – Sujewa

  3. Chuck Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

    Yeah, it’s promoting an upcoming film called Obsessed. It’s pretty creative, I suppose, even if I find the basic premise of the film to be somewhat dubious. Like all viral marketing tools, it relies on spreadability, on the ability to get people (like me) talking about it. In that regard, it has been pretty successful. I’ve now both blogged and Twittered it and I have no intentions of seeing the movie.

  4. Chuck Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    I don’t know if I was “freaked out” by it because I’ve seen these flash-animated tools before. It’s sort of funny, I guess.

  5. Sujewa Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

    Yeah, the technology is not new, but that actress is sacry in her stalker mode. But the ad is fun, no doubt.

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