My interview with cinematographer Robert Elswit, who’s in the running for an Oscar nomination for Good Night, And Good Luck., is online at the Film & Video Web site. Most interesting bits? Faces was the primary influence on how Good Night, And Good Luck. was shot. And the look of Syriana was modeled in part on The Insider. Elswit’s a pretty interesting guy, I think.
I had to nuke the old Weblog. The upgrade to Movable Type 3.2, which was seeming like a must since the constant influx of spam messages was making it really hard for me to manage the trickle of legitimate comments on the old blog, somehow munged my database. I don’t understand it. I spent many hours trying to fix it, which only made me unhappy. I still have all the old entries and comments archived, but I don’t think any of the prose was so deathless as to warrant re-entering it into the new blog. So something fresh and new will sprout here soon. But not tonight. Tonight, I’m going to bed.
In other news, I just saw Brokeback Mountain yesterday and liked it a lot. I get the sense that the cool alt critics are going to savage it, or at least deride it as mediocre and manipulative etc. I don’t know how I feel about that, but I know what I like, and I sure liked this movie. More about that at the main site tomorrow night.