Even Michael Lewis Was Surprised Hollywood Bet on The Big Short
Michael Lewis | The Vanity Fair
“The movie people long for ‘true stories.’ The reason for this is not that they long for the truth. Actually, I don’t know the reason for this: It may be as simple as that it is a lot easier to excite other movie people, without demanding they read anything, if you can claim that the story is true.”
Let’s Talk About TV’s Obsession With Police Violence and Black Lives Matter
Pilot Viruet | Flavorwire
“Because how do you grade an episode that is so emotionally devastating, possibly triggering, and a reflection on the racial trauma that black people face every day? ‘The Lawn Chair’ is a good example of why it’s so hard to write critically about these sort of episodes—and, perhaps, why so many viewers prefer that shows keep things light.”
The R. Kelly Problem
David Marchese | Vulture
“Kelly swears that he’s not intentionally tweaking listeners by releasing music that evokes his alleged real-life deviance. He’s just giving people what they want. Or, as he puts it, ‘When someone orders a sausage-and-cheese pizza, you don’t give them pepperoni. When their mouths are fixed for some R. Kelly, they want the freaky stuff.’”
Journalists Love Spotlight. That Doesn’t Mean the Academy Will Rush to Crown it Best Picture.
Aisha Harris | Slate
“Spotlight isn’t just any journalism movie; it depicts journalism in its most pure, honorable form (in that The Globe’s team exposed a grave injustice, deservedly winning a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service). It’s a tribute to shoe-leather reporting in the pre-Internet era. To top it all off, it’s a good movie about journalism, in a world where so many such films get it wrong.”
The Force Will Be With Us. Always.
Adam Rogers | Wired
“The shared universe represents something rare in Hollywood: a new idea. It evolved from the narrative techniques not of auteur or blockbuster films but of comic books and TV, and porting that model over isn’t easy. It needs different kinds of writers and directors and a different way of looking at the structure of storytelling itself. Marvel prototyped the process; Lucasfilm is trying to industrialize it.”
I Worked in a Video Store for 25 Years. Here’s What I Learned as My Industry Died.
Dennis Perkins | Vox
“A great video store’s library of films is like a little bubble outside the march of technology or economics, preserving the fringes, the forgotten, the noncommercial, or the straight-up weird … The decision to leave a movie behind on the next technological leap is market-driven, which makes video stores the last safety net for things our corporate overlords discard.”
Zayn Malik’s Next Direction
Duncan Cooper | Fader
“So far, Zayn’s has been a story about how your life gets boxed in by other people’s perceptions of you, and how easily that can spiral out of control. This happens to everyone, but in a famous boy band, the gulf between who you are and who the rest of the world thinks you are is tenfold. As the band’s only person of color, and the West’s single most prominent Muslim celebrity, Zayn has faced misunderstanding to an unimaginable degree.”