Sunday Links

For your Sunday afternoon reading pleasure:

  • I’m always somewhat ambivalent about end-of-an-era listmaking (as my remarks about A.O. Scott yesterday suggest), but the indieWire list of “25 Things the Oscars Did Right” over the last decade is pretty good, a solid analysis of the last decade of film and a thoughtful reflection on the politics of Oscar.  Of note: their observation that the two Oscar wins for Milk indicate some progress on public support for gay rights.  They also highlight the Oscar success of a number of deserving indie and documentary filmmakers including Errol Morris, Michel Gondry, and Fernando Meirelles (for City of God).  Also worth noting: their list of 50 Oscar snubs from the last decade.  Among the most notable for me: Marjane Satrapi for Persepolis.
  • McHrebin picks up on some of my arguments about the Twilight films, providing some more data on the film’s enthusiastic fan base, pointing out that the openness of the text provides viewers with the potential to add to it.
  • Jon Reiss, whose book, Think Outside the Box Office, is now available, discusses the new distribution landscape for a column in Screen News Daily.  Although I find myself cautioning against words like “revolutionary,” Reiss is attentive to the ways in which indie filmmakers have become marketers and reflects on the ways that these promotional activities can become an organic part of the film text.
  • On a related note, Xiaochang Li discusses one of the panels from this weekend’s Future of Entertainment conference focusing on the uses of transmedia storytelling for encouraging social change, asking whether “Does transmedia as a narrative strategy [has] not only formal implications, but also ignites some political ones?”  As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit over the years, not only through the political uses of mashups but also through the work of documentary filmmakers that combine feature-length documentaries with supplemntary materials on the web, some of which can support and encourage political activism.
  • Finally, Catherine Grant has compiled another amazing reading list, this one focusing on adaptation, transmedia, and intertextuality.

Update: Via the Film Doctor on Twitter: Umberto Eco on our habit of making lists.

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