Don’t think of it as a movie – it’s a mega abstract conceptual art project at a bargain. I paid $7.50 to see a film that cost $150 million to make. There are few bargains this good. By not thinking of it as a movie the pressure to have it make sense went away, and the cheezy jokes, cardboard cutout characters, or racial stereotypes didn’t bother me. Instead my mind was free to wonder how many people were in charge of Megan Fox’s lip gloss. Or the conversations the CGI folks must have had about how a functioning robot that walks and gets hit by grenades and tank shells could convert in seconds into a functioning jet.
From scottberkun.com, of course.
This sounds like a useful strategy beyond Michael Bay films; it could be employed in any number of situations. It's not a long, boring, interminable meeting / email thread / PowePoint / presentation / legal document...it's an abstract conceptual art project!
Micro-celebrity and fickle taste and short attention span all have to do with the way people are, not the way the Internet is. And maybe with the way capitalism is. (On the Internet, capital is attention—until actual capital is the actual capital, a tricky transition where lots of people get confused.)
When I read Wasik's piece I just replaced "Tumblr" for every mention of "online" or "the Internet" and it made a hell of a lot more sense.
We spoke to Brown about his hirsute pursuit.
The Speakeasy blog at wsj.com gets clever in their interview with Ben Brown.
The money quote from Erick Schonfeld's piece on Yahoo and Microsoft.
This is a ten-year arrangement between two lumbering giants that is filled with execution risk. It is a very complicated deal. Yahoo’s sales team has enough trouble communicating with its own engineers. Now they have to learn how to talk to Microsoft’s.
The Microsoft / Yahoo microsite announcing the search deal couldn't be more ripe for parody.
The New York Times covers the making of the Lost panel:
Planning for the “Lost” presentation at Comic-Con, which concluded on Sunday, started in early April with meetings about what kind of Easter eggs, or hidden clues, to include about the program’s sixth and final season. Then came the writing and taping of videos, some of them starring cast members, that would deliver those hints. Producers worked to obtain song rights. Travel logistics needed to be arranged for five actors and their entourages. “We really want the fans to leave feeling satisfied,” Damon Lindelof, a “Lost” executive producer, said last Tuesday during a final planning session
Swiped from pawnzz on www.flickr.com
I'm still recovering from and processing last week's adventure in San Diego for Comic-Con. One of the things that blew me away was the massive amount of Star Wars action; Brian Lowry at Variety has a piece up today on that very topic.
Lucasfilm's skill at stoking the embers even when there isn't much new to report -- as well as managing various spinoffs, licensing deals and brand extensions to ensure that they don't collide with each other -- represents a remarkable achievement, guided by a level of precision that other intellectual property owners would be well-advised to study.
Worth reading in full.
David Cronenberg is teaming up with Portuguese producer Paulo Branco to bring Don DeLillo's novel "Cosmopolis" to the screen.
(It's obv. a DeLillo day around these parts.)
A young filmmaker visits the desert home of a secret war advisor in the hopes of making a documentary. The situation is complicated by the arrival of the older man's daughter, and the narrative takes a dark turn.
Documentaries, deserts, secret war advisors? Yep, that's DeLillo alright.
A term invented by the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to describe a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which the universe appears to be evolving.
The man who has subtly beseeched us to commiserate with the lonely and misunderstood people toiling in offices and talking on phone sex lines has momentarily transformed into a cavalier ruffian who scoffs at regular people for having the temerity to express their enthusiasm on Amazon and who likewise suggests that all blogs are “earnest and dispensable.”
Did the New Yorker Make Nicholson Baker Elitist? at edrants.com
It's going to take a herculean effort not to have Edward Champion's post influence how I read Nicholson Baker's New Yorker piece re. the Kindle. On the brighter side, I think "earnest and dispensable" could end up being my site's new tagline.
A 1981 interview with Merce Cunningham and John Cage:
And a snippet from the NYTimes story about Cunningham's death yesterday at the age of 90.
For many years only a few people realized that the Cage-Cunningham relationship was sexual. Although their offstage partnership became an open secret, the subject was not open until 1989, when Cage, answering an unexpected public question about it, surprised everyone by replying, 'I do the cooking, and Merce does the dishes.'
put time into whatever it is you like to do, and put that up on the web.
write about yourself, your hobbies, your passions, your politics, your community
whatever turns you on
because if you can be excited about them offline, and somehow transmit that enthusiasm online, or that depth of emotion over the wires
people will find it and stay for it and check back in on it,
especially if they think it's going to change
Justin Hall, what you need to make a responded site
I've been reading Scott Rosenberg's book Say Everything and going on a bit of a nostalgia trip. And while everything is still mostly Carl's fault, the great stuff that's happening in social media, blogs, etc., traces back to what Justin Hall said back in 1996.