Links We Like: The Week on the Web
South by Southwest, Plus-Sized Actresses and Millions of Children Mourn a Big Star
1. The film festival at South by Southwest just wrapped, but not without a ton of coverage on the web. Twitch and The House Next Door have done a bang-up job with their write-ups; at the latter site, Elise Nakhnikian singles out The People Vs. George Lucas as one of the best documentaries of the festival, probing how his gazillion dollar blockbusters sparked participatory pop culture decades before internet mashups turned it into child’s play. “Is Lucas, our canary in the mine for this new way of making and marketing movies, a fat-cat master exploiter, a great artist martyred by a venal culture, a geeky child hiding from a world that doesn’t understand him, or all of the above?”
Also check out David Hudson on Aaron Katz’s Cold Weather, which he dubs “the first breakout hit of SXSW 2010.”
2. At the A/V Club, Scott Tobias waxes awesome poetic on David Mamet’s movie version of Glengarry Glen Ross:
The genius of Mamet’s play is that it’s about honor without honor. It follows beleaguered salesmen who by trade have to manipulate people and lie to them in order to get through the day. And it’s a credit to Mamet that they have our sympathy from the start, so much so that we’re rooting for them to pull one over on their innocent clients just to get their names on the sales board. In fact, I’m guessing it may not be until the play or movie is over that viewers become conscious of how much time their heroes spend lying in the name of business. That’s because we know the rules of capitalism, too: Get them to sign on the line which is dotted. Whatever small measure of honor can be extracted from this life—and the men in Glengarry Glen Ross do have codes, and are essentially decent, thieves though they may be—is precious but transcendent, because it’s all that separates them from the executive despots and their sadistic sales contests.
3. Following the Oscars, Howard Stern paid Precious star Gabourey Sibide a backhanded comment that she should have won the Best Actress Oscar “because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?” At IFC’s Indie Eye Blog, Vadim Rizov sets to prove Howard wrong with Seven Plus Sized Actresses who managed steady careers in show biz.
4. On a semi-personal note, Ghost Town, one of the films that I distribute through my label dGenerate Films has been getting great reviews during its weeklong run at MoMA in New York. A.O. Scott of the New York Times calls it “A miniature epic of the everyday.” Read more raves.
5. Finally, not movie-related but very sad all the same. Per Paul Westerberg’s song, I was one of those millions who sang for Alex Chilton, and now he’s gone. CNN has a surprisingly good obituary detailing why Chilton was one of the all-time greats of rock. But let’s let the man sing for himself – here he is on Leno back in the 90s, a few years before this song became the theme song on That 70s Show: