Cinemarati’s Top 20 list is online, complete with a few selected comments from yours truly (I explain the strong showing of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and whine that The Science of Sleep and The Fountain are overrated). I think we did pretty well (although Children of Men? Really?) and I guess I’ll never quite understand what everyone sees in Pan’s Labyrinth.
I’m late with this, but The New York Times had an interesting Sunday article on the upcoming Tarantino/Rodriguez sleazefest Grindhouse (I skimmed the bits that looked like they might contain spoilers). Weirdest bit: Tarantino says he sent the script for Death Proof to Bob Dylan in case he might enjoy the “wordplay.”
You may have noticed the Amazon.com ads over at the right-hand side of my new Weblog pages where Amazon tries to snooker you into clicking on various links (and making orders that send a kickback to Deep-Focus.com) by serving up tiny ads for products based on algorithms that take into account the content of my pages as well as your own Amazon.com browsing history. My question is: Does anyone else get the vaguely sexy ads for jock straps? Or is that just me?
My recent work at Film & Video includes interviews with Notes on a Scandal’s cinematographer, Chris Menges, and with Breaking and Entering’s cinematographer, Benoit Delhomme, and production designer, Alex McDowell.
I’m late with this, too, but Mr. Skin posted a top-20 list of nude scenes from 2006. (Images are for subscribers only, so don’t get your hopes up.) This list is, of course, unapologetically puerile (sample insight: “Manderlay is all about big, bad racist America, but the only colors that really count belong to Bryce [Dallas Howard] as she reveals that she’s a natural redhead during a smashing skinterracial sex session”), but I sometimes wonder what a real list of “best” nude scenes — you know, selected with some kind of aesthetic in mind beyond hubba hubba — might look like. From last year, I vote for Gretchen Mol channeling Bettie Page in The Notorious Bettie Page and ordinary people Marcos Hernandez and Bertha Ruiz (pictured) in Battle in Heaven.
And, OK, I’m late with this, but the cast of Reno 911: Miami has recorded audio commentary for the film’s trailer, making it just as funny the second time through. (I do love these guys, although I eventually got tired of the television version.) Along with the trailer for Hot Fuzz, from the Shaun of the Dead crew, this makes it clear that, in 2007, we’re all under arrest. (And one more thing – I’m almost ashamed to admit that the latest salvo of TV spots for The Messengers gives me the creeps. “If children can hear this, imagine what they are seeing.” Takes me back to those halcyon days of child-terrifying ads for It’s Alive, Alien, and Magic.)