- The great Manoel de Oliveira turned 104 yesterday! (For more on his most recent feature, see Boris Nelepo's article.)
- Issue 65 of Senses of Cinema is now online, featuring a piece on Koji Wakamatsu, a conversation with Nicolas Rey, and a look at Marcel Hanoun's Une simple histoire.
- The resolute Susan Ray has turned to Kickstarter to help fund ACTION!, a documentary featuring Nicholas Ray's insights into filmmaking that "will be edited mostly from Nick’s film, video, and audio archive—tens of thousands of feet of picture, and hundreds of hours of audio recordings of interviews, classes, lectures, private conversations, journal entries, and an oral history—with supplementary footage licensed from the studios or acquired through research." Susan needs to raise $35 000 by January 2nd, so, if you're able, give generously (it's tax deductible!) so we can see this project realized. There are some impressive goodies available to backers: posters, DVDs, leather-bound scripts, and even Ray's red jacket from We Can't Go Home Again!
- Awards season rages on—if you're having trouble keeping track, David Hudson has an index that also includes critics' lists.
- Musician & cinephile Scott Walker has curated a program of 10 films on Curzon on Demand including work from Angelopoulos, Chabrol and Mizoguchi.
- At Fandor, Adam Nayman chooses his five favorite shots of the year.
"...I can't stand all this digital stuff; this isn't what I signed up for. And so even the fact that digital presentation is the way it is now...it's just television in public... It's T.V. in public."
From the archives.