Oh Steve Jobs. I’ve had so many Apple computers by now I can’t remember when it even began. I had a Mac Plus, a Mac LC II, Powerbooks, Macbooks, G4 towers. I’ve had ipods, ibooks, ipads and iphones. My room is all Macs. I have a Macbook Pro I write with every day. I have an Imac I use for recording. I have an Ipad 2 and an Iphone that I use every day. It isn’t just the stuff. It’s the unrelenting vision, the quest for beauty in the electronic world. Jobs and Apple made all things electronic elegant, easy, alluring, and addicting. He also is partly responsible for the success of Pixar. Things won’t be the same without him.
On Apple’s site today:
Thanks to Guy Lodge at In Contention for assembling the list of 59 features so far submitted for consideration as this year’s Best Foreign Language Film nominees. Guy says,
In a curious coincidence, it currently seems as if the two buzziest films in the running are Middle Eastern: Iran’s “A Separation” has perhaps the most critical and festival momentum behind it, while Lebanon’s “Where Do We Go Now?” leapt onto the radar after emerging as the shock Audience Award winner in Toronto. Add Poland’s baity and highly respected Holocaust drama “In Darkness” to the list, and it looks like Sony Pictures Classics might once again rule the roost in this category, though not if Janus Films’s proven charmer “Le Havre” and Fox’s heat-packing “Miss Bala” have anything to say about it.
Albania - “The Forgiveness of Blood”
Argentina – “Aballay”
Austria - “Breathing”
Belgium - “Bullhead”
Bosnia and Herzegovina - “Belvedere”
Brazil - “Elite Squad 2″
Charlie Kaufman’s takes quite a hefty slug to Oscar’s pudgy middle in his script, Frank or Francis, on its way to being, maybe, the most critical look at entertainment awards since All About Eve. But even in Eve, which showed, in no uncertain terms, the kind of distasteful practices that go into being a star and winning awards, there is stilsl reverence paid to the awards themselves. Kaufman is not so optimistic about what they are and what they do to people. Bob Dylan’s Positively 4th Street is about public adoration — how it can ebb and flow, how you can be loved one minute and forgotten the next,
“You’ve got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend.
When I was down you just stood there grinning.
You got a lotta nerve to say you got a helping hand to lend.
You just want to be on the side that’s winning.”
Ryan Gosling has said in interviews that one of the reasons he doesn’t pay attention to “Oscar buzz” is that, to his mind, the same people who are now lavishing praise upon him once paid him no attention at all. “So now all of a sudden I care what they think?” were his words.
The Oscars, though, can transform a nobody into a somebody – and as that gold statue sits somewhere — the toilet, the mantel, tightly gripped in a mother’s hand — it is a reminder, every day, that there was once a moment in time when you were a winner. A winner’s story can begin and end there. Many have. Your obituary will lead with “Oscar winner, ___ ___.” Even if you are a nominee, your obituary will lead with your having been noticed by this insular group of voting members. Even Charlie Kaufman who rightly outs it for the dog-and-pony show that it is, for the whorish circus that it has always been, will see his own obit (unless directed otherwise) lead with “Oscar winning screenwriter…” Only being President and/or winning the Nobel Peace Prize trumps it.
A statement just issued by director Lars Von Trier:
Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.
So one has to wonder, given Von Trier’s obscure sense of humor, whether this is a serious statement — it sounds serious.
Either way, there are some untouchable things — the Holocaust is at the top of that list. It’s a shame that Von Trier’s best film to date, Melancholia, has to be tossed under the bus as a result of flippant, dumb statements he made for shock value. One’s instinct might be to say “people need to get over it.” What do you think?
I’ve been trying to write all morning about the second episode of FX’s Fargo which aired last night, but it’s like pulling teeth. I went into the first episode with a deep skepticism based on my unconditional love of Joel and Ethan Coen’s film. After a shaky start, I thought the whole thing went pretty well and, on balance, showed enough promise to look forward to future episodes. At the very least, the developments in the episode seemed to suggest showrunner Noah Hawley ...
Good news for people who don’t subscribe to HBO, but bad news for Netflix. Beginning May 21, Amazon Prime will start streaming a pant load of HBO shows, movies and specials. Every episode of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Flight of the Concords and Oz; selected seasons of current shows Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood; HBO minis Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End; many HBO...
Right? I mean, right? That was the year to beat all others. We try to go there and talk about the individual films probably spending the most amount of time on Brokeback but 2005 overall turned out to be a great year for film with History of Violence, The Constant Gardener, Walk the Line all just missing Best Picture, though they might have gotten in if there were more than five. Have a listen! ...
Million Dollar Baby takes down Sideways and The Aviator. Probably the only film that really resonates from this year was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which just gets better with each viewing, as does Sideways. Okay, fine, so do the Aviator and Million Dollar Baby. Ultimately it was not the best year for film but not bad overall. Have a listen....