Friday finds

I am seriously pumped to see the Coen Bros. adaptation of True Grit, and this advance review confirms my hunch that the Coens are simpatico with the work of Charles Portis, one of the greats of American literature. But while I’m at it, and since this movie has “Oscar bait” written all over it, let me propose a drinking game for the next Academy Awards broadcast. When True Grit bags a golden guy, have one person take a shot whenever Charles Portis gets mentioned in the thank-you speech, and have another person take a shot whenever somebody gives a shout-out to John Wayne, who starred in the first, barely adequate film version. Judging from the way the Coens handled things a couple of years ago, I expect one guest will be dry as a bone at the end of the night while the other is comatose.

If you think the treatment endured by Bradley Manning is shocking, read Zeitoun by David Eggers and learn that not only can it happen here — it’s been happening for a while.

Frederik Pohl reminisces about Cordwainer Smith here and here.

Crustypunks? New one on me.

So you want to be a freelance writer?

Author and translator Damion Searls talks about Rainer Maria Rilke.

But the entire time I was watching the last two-thirds of the film, I could not get out of my head the fact that the foundation, the groundwork, had been so thoroughly botched that if the film had been re-contextualized as a house, it would’ve been leaning heavily to one side, with the bricks falling to the ground and the roof sliding half-off.”

Some drunks are brawlers and some drunks are bawlers. I guess we know which category goes for John Boehner.

Animation Backgrounds is film geekery at its finest: a blog devoted to the backdrops of animated films. If you think that sounds dull, check out this breakdown of the lush, detail-crammed backdrops from Who Framed Roger Rabbit and yawn no more.

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3 thoughts on “Friday finds

  1. le0pard13 says:

    Looking forward to this myself. The Golden Globes sure didn’t give it any love, though. But then they awarded a statuette to Pia Zadora, too. Thanks, Steven.

  2. Chucky says:

    First it was the Rip-Off Summer, now it’s the Holiday Season of Stealin’. Here you praise another pointless remake “from Academy Award Winning directors” with a hard-sell approach and quote whores galore. Save your money.

    The motion picture industry has become a refuge for hacks and their cronies, just like their East Coast counterpart — the US government. Not surprisingly Hollywood has been silent about the long march toward a totalitarian America.

  3. Steven Hart says:

    Now Charles, I never realized you were carrying a torch for John Wayne. Or is it Glen Campbell? You little scamp.

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