- Above: the trailer for Spike Lee's new joint, CHI-RAQ.
- We're hotly anticipating Dennis Lim's new book on David Lynch. The New Yorker is running an excerpt, quoted below, the Criterion Collection has posted a section about Mulholland Dr., and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which Lim heads, has announced its suggestive series pairing films by Lynch with those by Jacques Rivette.
"In Lynch’s own speech and in the speech patterns of his films, the impression is of language used less for meaning than for sound. To savor the thingness of words is to move away from their imprisoning nature."
- Screening in the above series is Rivette's marvelous Don't Touch the Axe, to which Notebook contributor Ryland Walker Knight has penned a poem: "...The game that is worth the burnt edges/The candles, the lights, all those candles/And logs set to fires like a thousand suns..."
- Above: Hot off of Junun, Paul Thomas Anderson has directed the title track to Joanna Newsom's beautiful new album, Divers.
- Big news from one of the world's greatest but tragically least productive filmmakers: Elaine May (A New Leaf, Ishtar) will direct a documentary for PBC about her former creative partner, Mike Nichols.
- The invaluable chrismarker.org has posted Dave Kehr's 2003 translation for Film Comment of André Bazin's 1958 article for Cahiers du cinéma on Chris Marker.
- Above: You may remember from September the posters for films by Hong Sang-soo designed by Alternative Graphics Propaganda. Now the company has turned to In the Shadow of Women director Philippe Garrel.
- If you saw Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies and were flabbergasted, as we were, by Mark Rylance's portrayal as a Soviet spy...but wondered who this fabulous (and actually very famous) actor is, well, Kristen Thompson's got the answer for you.
"I think the rules of filmmaking are the essentially the same as they were since, I guess, The Birth Of A Nation. The way you make movies: long shot, close-up, camera movement, structure—it’s all the same. Not much has changed. But the technology of movies has vastly changed. From 35mm black-and-white to color, from nitrate film to safety film and now into digital—and yet we’re still breaking scenes into master shots and close-ups."
- That's John Carpenter, above, talking to Ignatiy Vishnevetsky at the A.V. Club about all sorts of wonderful things.
- Above: Vincent Gallo sneaks on a live-tapping of Movietalk to defend his film Buffalo ‘66.
- For another kind of discussion with a filmmaker, watch a video conversation between Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tony Rayns at the BFI retrospective of the director's films.
- Interview magazine has two ace conversations: one between the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Clive Owen, and the other with Jacques Rivette goddess Bulle Ogier.
- We never expected these two to get together but we're sure glad they did: Abel Ferrara talks to Gasper Noé at the Talkhouse.
- Above: Roberto Rossellini on the set of Il Messia.