Wednesday March 11, 2015
- A documentary by Eric Chase Anderson on the making of Wes Anderson's “Rushmore.” How cool is that?
- Are we really still talking about Sean Penn's green card joke at the Oscars? Good for him for his response.
- Via i09, the superheroines of the Golden Age of Comics not named Wonder Woman: from Phantom Liberty to Lady Satan to (personal favorite) Betty Bates, Lady at Law, who socks the bad guys in the jaw. (See: right.)
- It's old, but you gotta love the Old Spock vs. New Spock Audi car commercial. I laughed out loud. Thanks to Karen Tischler for reminding me.
- I'm not a “Big Bang Theory” guy (my nephews are), but this tribute to Leonard Nimoy is touching.
- I'm not a huge fan of Bill Maher, either, but he's exactly right in his takedown of what a liar Bill O'Reilly is.
- Via Criterion, Roger Ebert's favorite Criterion films. It's a helluva list. And for all the movies I've seen in my life, I haven't seen half of these. Time to get cracking.
- This is kind of fun for hoops fans: Two guys from Grantland argue over the greatest fictional basketball player in movie history.
- BTW, it made me recall this 1975 bit from SNL, which I tracked down on Vimeo: Paul Simon (yes, “Me and Julio” Paul Simon) going one on one with NBA great Connie Hawkins. Still funny after all these years.
- It also led to this: Sigourney Weaver on the set of “Alien: Resurrection” nailing the 3.
- Here's a hilarious “Talk of the Town” piece on the abysmal New York Knicks, and one fan who chose the wrong year to see every one of their games.
- I like the way Jeff Wells describes Abel Ferrera's “Welcome to New York” losing its cultural moment (“It feels like cold dumplings in the fridge”), but I have to admit I've never been a Ferrera fan. “Bad Lieutenant”? No. “King of New York”? No. None of it. Then I went to his IMDb page and realized I had barely even heard of any of his movies for the last 20 years. Talk about losing your cultural moment.
- As is his wont, Pultizer-Prize-winning cartoonist David Horsey is out on the road, retracing the steps of the civil rights movement in time for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday at the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
- May U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) be forever known at “The Senator with the Snowball.”
- Grantland weighs in on the coming baseball season by ranking teams from 30 (Phillies) to 1 (Nats). They got the Twins 27th (“Squint hard and you can see the start of something good here”), the Yankees 20th (“Right now, the Yanks look like the worst team in the AL East”) and the hapless Seattle Mariners ... third? Yes, third. “They might be the best team in the American League,” Jonah Keri writes. Play ball.
- Long read of the week: Via Adam Wahlberg, this excellent ESPN Magazine piece on the Problems of Being A-Rod, by J.R. Moehringer. Incredible stuff. Should win awards.
- Finally, that's right: I made TIME Magazine last week.