The Roundup is a regular column which collates (and curates) news, feature articles, podcast episodes and other online curios associated with film.
- Margaret Pomeranz spoke out against Australian critics “being too critical” of Australian films this week in The Age, including some outright false claims regarding the positive critical reception to The Little Death outside Australia. This provoked much heated discussion, perhaps most notably this reasoned rebuttal by Lee Zachariah.
- Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola are set to reunite for the first time since Lost in Translation in, of all things, a TV Christmas special.
- Julia Marchese, the long-time manager of the New Beverly (the LA revival theatre recently taken over by Tarantino), wrote a blog post alleging she’s been forced out by the new management. She’s also shared her film Out of Print on Vimeo.1
- George Packer’s compelling longform essay in The New Yorker by George Packer on Laura Poitras and her Edward Snowden documentary.
- David Jenkins’ essay on My Darling Clementine, written in connection with Criterion’s recent blu-ray release of Ford’s classic Western.
- This in-depth interview with Steven Soderbergh in Directors Guild of America Quarterly.
- Alex Ross Perry on the literary roots of Listen Up, Philip and more on The Film Stage.
- This week’s IndieWire critics survey on the question of whether insisting films need to be seen on 35mm does more harm than good provoked some passionate responses. (See especially Peter Labuza and Neil Young.)
- We recently discovered Toronto-based film podcast See You Next Wednesday. Every week the hosts play Film Roulette, where a roll of a die decides who gets to review the most buzzed-about movie and who has to review the least anticipated.
- This incredibly thorough list of the works cited in Jean-Luc Godard’s Adieu au Langage (via Mubi)
- Amazing film Tumblr The Third Persona collates stills around a formal principle of perspective.
- As usual, Open Culture provided an overload of great free content this week. See Susan Sontag’s 50 Favourite Films, these photos of Hiroshima taken during the shoot of Hiroshima Mon Amour by its star Emmanuelle Riva, and this 1977 Saturday Night Live segment with Bill Murray.
- Auralnauts’ re-edit of the Throne Room scene from Star Wars without the John Williams score is hilarious, and also makes for a great study of sound design. Hear Chewbacca as you’ve never heard him before.
- An oldie but a goodie: Nicolas Cage’s Complete Pachinko Commercial Collection (via YouTube)
Tweet of the Week
2014: Goodbye To Language 2016: Goodbye 2 Language 2018: GTL: Navajo Drift 2021: GTL: Image v. Sound 2025: The Amazing Good-bye to Language
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) October 16, 2014