Angry Robot

Obama in Command: The Rolling Stone Interview

recent Obama interview. I sure hate the way RS paginates articles BTW.

Oscar-O-Meter™: The A.V. Club’s fourth annual guide to the fall prestige movies, part one

“a complex matrix that factors in elements like actorly showiness, grating self-importance, middlebrow sense of grandeur, and the varying degrees to which a movie flatters its audience.”

Smitherman welcomes Thomson to his corner

good. The Toronto mayoral race is starting to seem less terrifying. It’s still plenty scary, though. (Not that I love Smitherman – just petrified that Ford could win.)

Redrock announces DSLR electronic viewfinder

not sure about all this Redrock stuff. For one, it’s expensive (compared to the cost of the DSLRs, if not to pro film equipment). For two, it adds a lot of bulk. But I do wish I could afford all of it nonetheless.

Coming-attraction attractions: 24 movie trailers that function as standalone works of art

pretty good list from the AV Club. Two Kubrick trailers on there.

2010 Atkinson Series: Northern Lights

Kate Taylor does a series for The Star about Canadian culture. Haven’t read it yet, but it looks good. Third world America

I remember a book in the mid-90s calling L.A. “the capitol of the Third World” because of its lack of a middle class. Sounds like it went national.

Gaspar Noé Interview

Sounds like Enter the Void is finally getting a release. Saw it at the TIFF last year. It’s a heckofa thing.

Netflix launches in Canada with limited selection

it’s here finally – $8 a month. Selection does seem limited, especially new release films and TV series, but there is still a shit ton of stuff that I would watch.

‘Alarming’ rise in dementia comes with a crippling price tag

“If dementia were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy, ranking between Turkey and Indonesia.” A country I hope I never visit, but I am genetically likely to.

Looxcie Wearable Camcorder

always on, always recording. The documentary possibilities are fascinating. You’d look fairly dorkish though. (via waxy)

The Great Divergence

An essential series of articles about the growing gulf between rich and poor in the US. Income disparity is now worse than it was in 1915, and the US has lower class mobility than the UK. “Income distribution in the United States is more unequal than in Guyana, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and roughly on par with Uruguay, Argentina, and Ecuador. Income inequality is actually declining in Latin America even as it continues to increase in the United States. Economically speaking, the richest nation on earth is starting to resemble a banana republic.”

Panasonic Lumix GH2 Announced

The successor to my beloved GH1. The video bitrate is upped to 24MBPS from 17, it has a touchscreen and touch focus, and allows stills while recording video. They’re also releasing a $250 3D lens.

Mobile Homestead by Mike Kelley launches in Detroit

Mobile Homestead enacts a reversal of the ‘white flight’ that took place in Detroit following the inner city race riots of the 1960s.

Detroit Lives

It’s a strange time when a boot company covers an issue better than any media source. A three part doc where Johnny Knoxville tours some sites in Detroit, showing the hopeful creative development going on as well as the fabulous ruins.

Letters of Note: Okay, you lazy bitch

I may have linked to this before, Hunter S. Thompson’s rant to a studio exec about the stalled Rum Diary film. So many great lines: “We are not even spinning our wheels aggresivly” … “I’d much rather deal with a Live asshole than a Dead worm with No Light in his Eyes” … “I’m in the mood to chop yr. fucking hands off.”

I owe you an update

People have been asking where I went.

My father died two weeks ago, the funeral was last week. This week I am back at work and trying to adjust to normal life, which right now, quite honestly, feels like trying to get interested in meaningless busywork. Twitter, facebook, this site, they all seem a bit silly to me. But I know I want to get out of that headspace as it’s all stuff I liked to do before this went down. Right?

So, I’ll ease back into things. I’m away in Windsor for the weekend shooting some stuff and hopefully having fun. Then I have next week off for TIFF, which theoretically should also be fun, and is (in theory) a good excuse for some film reviews up in this bitch.

Here’s a track from my dad’s play.

Miss you, pops.