- Above: Tilda Swinton, a short video portrait of the actress (and Shanghai) by cinematographer-turned-director Christopher Doyle.
- Over at Empire, mediocre director Sam Mendes sends questions and gets answers from directors far more talented than himself, including David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola and more.
- Speaking of mediocre directors, scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson have posted online their analysis of The Prestige, probably the best film by Christopher Nolan.
- Above: a tantalizing picture of Jean-Pierre Léaud in costume on the set of Albert Serra's new film, Last Days of Louis XIV. Via Cineuropa.
- We can't say there's much newly revealed in this interview at the New York Times by Bret Easton Ellis of Quentin Tarantino, by why not give it a try regardless?
- If you want really good interviews, how do these names strike you: Jean-Luc Godard, Philippe Garrel, and Jacques Demy. Master cinematographer discusses working with all those and more in a lengthy n a video interview at Web of Stories.
- Above: the full trailer for Frederick Wiseman's masterful documentary In Jackson Heights, far and away one of the best films of the year.
"In the absence of the project’s director, in the absence of material, in the absence of any apparent will on the part of our hosts to put forward topics of conversation, I tried delicately to ask why and how Dau’s backers were providing a five-storey office building in one of the world’s most expensive districts for the sole purpose of curating an artistic project that had yet to be put before an audience, four years after filming wrapped in Kharkiv."
- Above: James Meeks at the London Review of Books follows-up (or tries to follow-up) on one of the largest, strangest, and most mysterious projects in the history of cinema: Ilya Khrzhanovsky's second film, Dau.
- The Criterion Collection's January titles have been announced, and include Bitter Rice, Inside Llewyn Davis, The American Friend, and more. Also at Criterion: a new interview with Arnaud Despleschin (who recommends a scene from Notting Hill as a meta-cinematic highlight!).
- Above: James Gray on the set of his upcoming The Lost City of Z.
- Over at the Criterion Collection, Hou Hsiao-hsien describes films that have changed his life, including Mikio Naruse's Floating Clouds:
"The story is just so bleak and so touching at the same time. As a director, Naruse has the ability somehow to depict how human emotions in a relationship change because of society, in this case after the Second World War, with the sense of hopelessness. And these characters are portrayed so delicately and movingly on-screen."
- Below: "Carries" by Solène Lebon-Couturier, found by @A24.