Saturday December 12, 2015
Lancelot Links Sings a Foreign Song
Deepika at No. 14.
- I couldn't name 50 foreign-language musicals, but Bilge Ibiri actually counts down the 50 best. Four of them star Catherine Deneuve, including No. 1. Glad to see Om Shanti Om there. (Deepika Padukone: Call me.)
- “Honest Trailers” are often lamer than the movies they attempt to satirize, but the recent one on “Ant-Man” is pretty good.
- Love this appearance by Steve Carrell on “The Stephen Colbert Show.” The former “Even Stevphen” colleagues seem to enjoy how far they've come. Carrell is actually almost giddy.
- Charles P. Pierce on how Pres. Obama's post-San Bernadino speech seemed aimed at a wiser, more rational country. Which is why I like him.
- Nathaniel over at Film Experience wasn't a fan of the recent Screen Actors Guild nominations.
- The New York Times lays out the top books of 2015 from the usual suspects: Michiko, Dwight, Janet. I've read half of one, “Between the World and Me,” and wasn't overly impressed. I find Dwight's list most intriguing.
- A man took his family to a Minnesota Vikings game, and, before the opening kickoff, he was angrily accused of being a refugee. This is where FOX News' fearmongering gets us, kids.
- Paul Krugman blames the GOP for all the climate-change deniers in its midst. He also blames the press for not doing its job.
- Ryan Lizza has a good insidery piece on the nutjobs within the GOP and why they do what they do. The difference between then and now? The tail now wags the dog. The inmates run the asylum.
- Kurt Russell toes the NRA line on gun control (cars kill too, bombs kill too, the bad guys will still get guns so why try to stop them with things like laws?) in this back-and-forth with Jeff Wells. He also doesn't seem to think the movies affect anything. Well, maybe his movies.
- Alex Ross has a nice retrospective on Orson Welles on the 100th anniversary of his birth, referencing nearly a dozen books along the way, including one by my man Josh Karp.
- Will the “Mad Max” madness never end? Of all critics, Manohla Dargis chose it as her top film of 2015. Manohla! A.O. Scott has it on his list, too, but Stephen Holden is more sensible, as always. The two movies on all three NY Times “best of” lists? “Carol” and “The Big Short.” Both opening soon. So it goes.