Over on his IndieWire blog, Todd McCarthy provides a glimpse behind the curtain in helping to program the New York Film Festival, and again stirs the pot regarding the up-in-the-air release date of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
A bit old but still very much worth a read, this amusing piece from Cracked.com about five ridiculous gun myths everyone believes because of movies — from the usefulness of silencers and infallibility of bulletproof vests to the dramatic effects of cocking a gun, and how a single bullet can/will ignite pretty much any piece of machinery. If any polling firm wants to donate their services, I’d truly be interested in partnering on some sort of empirical study of youngish NRA members, because surely there has to be some level of buyer’s remorse with respect to most typical Hollywood actioners, right? I mean, when they go to the gun range or out hunting buck or whatever, and experience kickback that doesn’t jibe with what’s been peddled by Sylvester Stallone or whomever. Or is it that all those films are merely a testosteronized manifestation of how they’d like to really see themselves? That they present a world free of obstacles that can’t be overcome with just a little (assisted) masculine acting out? Something to ponder.