Guardian.UK: Elizabethan theatre, Chateau d’Hardelot review.
Pretentious. The best Shakespeare performances I ever enjoyed, were on a simple curved platform in a wooded park. Esp. good for “Tempest” and “Midsummernight’s Dream”. You could imagine spirits flitting about.
Independent.UK: Jesse Williams gives powerful BET Awards acceptance speech on racism in America.
Ironic that even the Brit Independent can’t parse his speech correctly. See if you can spot it - “critique of our impression”, not “critique of our oppression.” Underlines the problem, IMHO. Noone’s really listening.
ArtDaily: US bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dies at 89.
Another RIP. Get them all out of the way early in the day ... “O Death” was incredible.
Bloomberg: That $5,000 TV Ad May Run $100,000 Now for Political Conventions.
Ugh. “Just the facts” won’t exist this political season.
Fubiz: The Art of Titles in Movies.
Less compelling than one would expect.
Comment: Can we cease having leads with obvious plastic surgery acting in Austen plays?
I mean, really. Plastic faces render no emotion whatsoever. “If you cannot move your eyebrows up and down, you’re out.” (I don’t care the sex of the act/ress/or.)
ScreenRant: Agent Carter - Hayley Atwell Will Do ‘Whatever It Takes’ For Season 3.
You go, girl. TV’s boring without Peggy.
ProVideo Coalition: How I Learned Composition at 12 Years of Age by Art Adams.
From the greats! Rockford Files, Space: 1999, The Prisoner. Excellent.
Slate: The novels of Anthony Trollope, including Doctor Thorne, reviewed.
Haven’t read that particular story, but I didn’t think the adaptation was so bad. Syrupy and predictable, yes. Some great performances and some really awful ones. A miscast or two. And the start of Episode 3 (there are four episodes on Amazon, as opposed to the British three), there is a pan move that is seriously barf-inducing. Way too fast. The costumes and locations are wonderful, the camera work and editing are not of the calibre of Downton. Feels like production was rushed. Verdict: Like turning Trollope into a period Bridget Jones. Periodically cringe-inducing, but entertaining nonetheless. Many worse ways to waste an evening or three.
Just don’t try to have a drinking game with Louis Scatcherd; the drink-from-the-flask move is horribly overused, and you won’t have enough wit left to shut off the television.
OneHeadlightInk: New Mexico Film Trailer - Fender Bender.
“The premise is pretty genius. What if you accidentally got in a minor fender bender with a complete stranger? The common thing to do would be to share your personal information with them so the insurance company can take care of the damages. But what if that person happens to be a sadistic serial killer that now has your home address?” Oh man ... nightmare.
InTheAirWeSee (Tumblr) ... once you see this ...
Youtube/Netflix: The Little Prince - Main Trailer.
Brings tears to my eyes. Saint-Ex comes to save the world, at just the right time. Only few will listen. Will it make a difference? I hope. Fervently hope.
AV Club: Captain America is apparently a bad guy now.
“This may be the real Cap, but there is absolutely no chance that Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz are going to claim that he has been secretly working for the bad guys for 50 years of comics and 90 years or so of in-universe continuity.”
Vanity Fair: Olivia de Havilland and the Most Notorious Sibling Rivalry in Hollywood.
Long. Great story.
Vice: ‘GoT’ Confirmed My Immigrant Parents’ Suspicions That Americans Are Violent Psychopaths.
“I think that America has problem, enjoy this kind of movie, really have problem. No wonder they vote for Trump. They crazy.” I’ve been considering this too. When you want to relax in the evening, the choices of untraumatic, non-violent (or simply gun-less) fare is thinner than it should be.
WSJ: How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars.
I’ve said it many times here. My appreciation of classical music started with Looney Tunes.
Yahoo: Craig out as Bond after refusing mammoth offer, but a likely successor has emerged.
Probably should have left it at Skyfall. I’ve actually not rushed to see Spectre (remains unwatched). That plane-down-the-ski-slope image in the trailer brings too many shivers of Moore/Dalton Bonds. There were good story arcs; the writers just never followed them. I applaud his choice. I will always cherish Casino Royale & Skyfall. Best Bond films, bar none. Best of luck, Mr Craig.
Variety: ‘Mister Ed’ Star Alan Young Dies at 96.
OpenCulture: Werner Herzog Will Teach His First Online Course on Filmmaking.
Fubiz: Black & White Backstage Portraits at Cannes Festival 2016.
Verité at Cannes. Refreshing.
Dazed: Studio Ghibli’s back with a co-produced silent film.
“It’s an 80-minute, full-length feature that tells the tale of a sailor stranded on an uninhabited tropical island, grappling with the prospect of an eternal life of solititude with only crabs and fish for company. He tries in vain to escape, before a mysterious woman turns up out of the sea, along with a giant red turtle.” In case you’re exhausted of caped and armored crusaders at the cinema.
PVC/ART OF THE CUT: Interview with “Captain America: Civil War” video editor.
“I would argue that the rhythm is not something determined by the location of a single cut, but is something that appears after multiple cuts – like a drummer, you don’t have a rhythm with a single drum beat ... there has to be a sequence of drum beats to have rhythm.” YES!
c|net: After ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ gets the ax from ABC, fans turn to Netflix to save it.
Say it ain’t so. The banter between Peggy and Jarvis is priceless. Netflix, save it!
FishbowlNY: The Toast Is Shuttering.
Kirk Douglas: The Epiphone Interview.
Prince was not always a Prince. Just keeping it real. Everyone is a complex amalgam of behaviors.