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For Reels Sunday Roundup — November 3rd, 2013

November 3, 2013
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The week got off to a terrible start with losing Lou Reed. One of the first things I ever got paid to write for the OW was a review of Lou’s Berlin: Live in Brooklyn concert film — the first film review I ever had published actually — but he’s always had a pretty special place in my estimation, even with that nonsense he cooked up with Metallica. I’m sure he would hate all the gushing that’s gone on this week, so instead I’ll start things off with a clown: I want this court room sketch of Guy Fieri for my wall. It is… a masterpiece, just like its subject.

News, links, etc:

-If we could really make 2017 the year of no sequels and no remakes, that would be fucking amazing. We can’t, but we can dream, right? (The Dissolve)

-A nice chunk of background info and set photos from Michael Mann’s The Insider, one of my favorite films. It’s the film I pretend Russell Crowe won his Oscar for because he’s that good in it. (Cinephilia & Beyond)

-Escape from Tomorrow is actually doing pretty okay in its VOD numbers. (IndieWire)

-Check out this radio show from the opening of The Wizard of Oz in 1939.

-This MTV article about subway’s Catching Fire tie-in sandwiches is some really top notch investigative journalism. (MTV)

-David Carr has a great interview with Ben Stiller about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty this week. Finally, the answer to how Ted didn’t feel the load dangling from his ear in There’s Something About Mary. (NY Times)

-Random fun fact: Ben Stiller was considered to direct Howard Stern’s Private Parts before they decided to go with Betty Thomas.

-Hear me now: ready for the Ali G comeback? (AV Club)

-The real reason that many of us grew up under the cloud of dueling Ghostbusters cartoons. And none of it really matters since Hi-C discontinued Ecto Cooler anyway. (Mental Floss)

-And interview with Michael Fassbender’s enormous penis. (Grantland)

-Happy belated Halloween from Patrick Stewart in a lobster costume soaking in a bathtub. (AV Club)

-Newly interested in film, or just looking for something to buy your film nerd relatives for Christmas/Hanukkah/Because You’re a Nice Person who does nice things? This list will not let you down. If I could add two, it would be City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 40s, by Otto Friedrich, and The Parade’s Gone By, by Kevin Brownlow. (Cinephilia & Beyond)

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  • MimiB

    I agree about Crowe in The Insider. His performance is so amazingly perfect and heart rending, it stands as one of the prime examples for economy of acting in conveying emotion. It’s his eyes… in defeat, as he sits in that hotel room, with his world shattered. Wow. I can picture and remember each amazing nuance… not many films or performances one can say that about.