- The 66th issue of Senses of Cinema is now online, and features pieces on Chris Marker, David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock—among many others.
- The Mark Rappaport-Ray Carney saga continues (if this is new to you, see here) with Carney's first time on record about his controversial decision to hold onto creative materials once (and, according to the filmmaker, still) belonging to Rappaport. We won't editorialize here, so we'll let you read the rather gigantic essay from Carney, and make up your own mind. In our forum, both Rappaport and Jon Jost (who has been actively bringing this issue to the public eye) have chimed in and others are joining into the conversation.
News via the "Free John McTiernan" page on Facebook: the filmmaker is working on developing a script for a project titled Warbirds, in spite of the upcoming jail time he's facing. Not a lot of details on the film, but the page describes it as "a very dear project for McTiernan, it tells the tale of a group of aerial firefighters who also lead a secret life during the winter."
- Scott Foundas is moving from The Village Voice to Variety to become their chief film critic.
- Above: Italian film journal Rapporto Confidenziale's new issue has hit the web, and features a poll on the Berlinale which I was happy to be included in.
- Above: we're kicking off this week's finds with another gorgeous, brand new, Scorsese poster, this time for Taxi Driver—put out by Mondo and designed by Martin Ansin.
- More Marty: writing for Humanities, Glenn Kenny looks at what he sees as the essential recurrent elements in Scorsese's cinema: love and resolution.
- At his blog The Front Row, Richard Brody has posted a remembrance of Ric Menello, who passed away earlier this month, featuring the thoughts and recollections of James Gray, with whom Menello co-wrote Two Lovers and the forthcoming Lowlife.
- The latest podcast from The Cinephiliacs features our very own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, who, among other things, discusses his involvement with Ebert Presents, MUBI and the ongoing fascination with Vulgar Auteurism.
- Boris Nelepo, who was part of the FIPRESCI jury earlier this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, has filed a praise-filled piece on Manuela Morgaine's Lightning, a film ten years in the making.
"Race and above all racism, Hollywood and the Obama administration would have us thinking, are part of the American past, sanitised issues that are scarcely relevant today. Lincoln abolished slavery; the current US president is the living proof of the benefits that his individualist bureaucratic battle brought about. What more do you want than a black president? Revenge, would be Django’s answer. Revenge in Django nonetheless is not a (merely) rancorous, destructive feeling but more the realization that certain crimes allow for neither forgiveness nor forgetting."
- Via Diagonal Thoughts, Kelsey Brain, Ted Fendt, Bill Krohn have translated an interview conducted by Serge Daney and Jean-Pierre Oudart with António Reis about his film Trás-os-Montes.
From the archives.
- Good news: Jonathan Rosenbaum has begun republishing his seminal first book, Moving Places (one of my personal favorites), in eleven installments, on his website.