apocalypse obsessive links


---A Fistful of Dollars / Yojimbo supercut

---the cinematic allusions of Hail, Caesar!

---The Evolution of Visual Effects

---"The bigger question in Patience, and a lot of Clowes’s other books, isn’t about how much we can change the past, but how much the past shapes and changes us." --Robert Ito

---the destruction of Pompeii

---"Why the Cinema of Swinging London Matters, 50 Years Later" by James Wolcott

---Who Deserves for 2016 Oscar for Best Director? Best Picture?

---"We are still apocalypse obsessives. But lately we’ve transitioned from an eschatology of 'almost too late' to one of 'already too late.' The apocalypse is no longer a spectacle to be witnessed, and our witnessing may make no difference to the coming cosmic judgment." --Ben Mauk


---Matt Zoller Seitz considers 4 films that inspired Mad Men

---"Americans spend an average of five and a half hours a day with digital media, more than half of that time on mobile devices, according to the research firm eMarketer. Among some groups, the numbers range much higher. In one recent survey, female students at Baylor University reported using their cell phones an average of ten hours a day. Three quarters of eighteen-to-twenty-four-year-olds say that they reach for their phones immediately upon waking up in the morning. Once out of bed, we check our phones 221 times a day—an average of every 4.3 minutes—according to a UK study. This number actually may be too low, since people tend to underestimate their own mobile usage. In a 2015 Gallup survey, 61 percent of people said they checked their phones less frequently than others they knew.

Our transformation into device people has happened with unprecedented suddenness. The first touchscreen-operated iPhones went on sale in June 2007, followed by the first Android-powered phones the following year. Smartphones went from 10 percent to 40 percent market penetration faster than any other consumer technology in history. In the United States, adoption hit 50 percent only three years ago. Yet today, not carrying a smartphone indicates eccentricity, social marginalization, or old age." --Jacob Weisberg

---under the radar websites for film buffs

---Honest Trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

---"these movies revealed to me that it was possible to keep a film buff or even a general audience member interested merely by juxtaposing scenes or sections of a pre-existing movie with narration that talks mainly about the movie, or the movie in relation to a particular subject, such as Hudson's status as a closeted gay man in pre-Stonewall Hollywood, or Seberg's involvement with left-wing political causes." --Matt Zoller Seitz

---Top 10 Closing Shots for All Time

---The 6th Street Bridge in Hollywood Films

---making Luc Besson's Valerian

---"Though Ryder was often described as the ingénue, this implies a passivity Ryder eluded in every one of her teen films—in Square Dance she beats up a woman who takes advantage of a mentally handicapped man, in Beetlejuice she sacrifices herself to save a pair of ghosts, in Heathers she encourages her boyfriend to blow himself up (then uses his body to light her cigarette), in Edward Scissorhands she falls in love with a goth anti-hero, in Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael she spurns the local hunk and in Mermaids she propositions him. These were films in which she didn’t so much play a character as perform her own. 'Winona is an actress who works directly from primal instinct,' her Alien: Resurrection director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, said. 'This instinctual way of working is a rare quality usually only found in children.'" --Soraya Roberts

---the opening sequence of Once Upon a Time in the West

---Sicario: The Mirage of a Moral World

---Cinephilia and Beyond celebrates North by Northwest and Dr. Strangelove

---trailers for Tricked, Demolition, Ickerman, The Purge: Election Year, Equals, Hardcore HenryMike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Deadpool, Creative ControlJulieta, and The Lobster

---With Regard to #OscarsSoWhite: Six Great Black Should-Have-Been Nominees

Criticism is being debased daily, by bad writers, terrible thinkers and even worse editors who are pressured by commercial interests into being short-sighted. Because governments all over the world continue to nudge arts and culture down their list of fiscal priorities, film festivals are more cash-strapped than ever, and so I think one danger, which has always been there to a certain degree but which is now becoming increasingly pronounced, is that criticism is becoming a kind of service industry rather than an independent professional practice. The challenge is to keep it that way, to keep it free from the commercial interests that compete again and again to strangle it, to turn it into a means merely of promoting events and egos. Egos are the worst. The worst thing to be in an incestuous industry like this is thin-skinned." --Michael Pattison

---"Unlike Trump, Rhodes has zero money before he captivates the public. But the rest of the story is a revealing and cautionary portrait of what happens when a non-politician captures the American imagination, expresses the frustrations and aspirations of the people, wins hearts and trust, and litters the landscape with choice reminders that beneath his truth-telling lies a surly streak of contempt." --Marc Fisher

---"Off Center: Mad Max's Headroom" by David Bordwell

---making Beyonce's "Formation"