Wednesday Links

More film and media links to brighten a summer afternoon:

  • Lots of other film bloggers have mentioned it, but there’s a new issue of Senses of Cinema out.  As usual, a number of articles, festival reviews, and book reviews worth your time.
  • Salon and The Big Think have a nice little interview with Lizz Winstead, creator of The Daily Show.  Winstead talks about the origins of the show, which are tied to the first Gulf War in the 1990s and whether Stewart has more influence than other broadcast journalists, a question she takes apart by pointing out that mostcable news broadcasters generally engage in commentary rather than journalism.
  • Another video, this one a fake trailer for Roland Emmerich’s upcoming movie 2012, one that mocks the explosion-porn that has been dominating multiplexes in recent months.  Dennis, riffing off a comment from Drew McWeeny, speculates that the fake trailer, which is intended to parody action-film conventions, may actually have succeeded in further hyping the film and possibly increasing its opening-day box office.  I’m inclined to agree somewhat in that the parody my actually succeed in creating greater awareness of the film (which I knew nothing about).  And I think you can enjoy the parody here while still enjoying the explosions.
  • More video fun via Anne Thompson: a reminder that “The Beatles Were Terrifying.”
  • Also via Anne, a link to Flickchart, a new website that promises a better way to rate movies.  Instead of asking views to rank movies using 0-5 stars (or something similar), Flickchart “asks you to pick one movie over another.”  As you choose between two movies, a general ranking system emerges.  Hopefully I’ll have more to say soon when I can check out the site in further detail.  You can learn more about the website via the Flickchart blog.
  • Ted Hope joins the debate about Chris Anderson’s “Free” thesis, in part by calling for a more careful definition of what “free” really means. Still waiting for Anderson’s book to arrive in the mail,which I’m hoping to read during an upcoming plane trip.
  • Also worth checking out: a new report from the Center for Social Media that “traces how a committed group of volunteers harnessed the micro-blogging tool Twitter to create innovative public media 2.0 experiments.”  Again, I’ll try to provide a closer read soon, but given the contested role of Twitter in recent political discourse, this looks like an interesting read.

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