It's not really like I need any excuse to post a picture of Paul Robeson. Head over to BFI's 100 Black Screen Icons and you can register to vote for him and some of your other favorite black directors, actors, producers, writers, composers. There's a week of voting left and all the categories are pretty close - Absolute Icon, Actor, Director, Producer, Technical and Woman. I've got to say I'm disappointed with the clumsy site design and navigation, and the US dominance of all the categories, but ignoring these the nominees biographies are a great browse.
Only 7 voting days left! Vote Robeson - you know it makes sense!
The British Film Institute and the Barbican recently hosted a debate called Watch This! - inviting children, children's film organisations, teachers, and filmmakers to vote on what essential film viewing for kids looks like. The lists contain diverse, unpatronising, and extremely high quality viewing that are probably essential for just about everyone.
- Really funny, although I suspect Noam Chompsky: Deconstructing Christmas would actually be pretty popular, especially if you ran it against against Zizke's Lacanian sledge-fest. A Canadian Christmas with David Cronenburg is such a fantastic idea that someone should commission it, immediately. And "A Most Illogical Holiday" is so good that a quick read through will probably convince you that you've already seen it.
We don't get media passes, we don't go to press conferences or release parties or even the suit-and-tie gala screenings. We pick movies we think we'll like, count ourselves lucky if we get tickets, then line up on the sidewalk to try to get a good seat. Then we write honest nerd's-eye reviews.
Being a geek chick, engadget and gizmodo are two of the sites I visit regularly. I was really pleased to find the new Movie Gadget Friday slot over at engadget - until I got there. They've done three so far - Logan's Run Life Clock, the Alien Motion Tracker, and the crappy new Batmobile - although strange how it's only men who work on gadget mags who ever consider cars to qualify as gadgets.
Anyhow – it’s a pretty disappointing column so far. The pictures aren’t that good/interesting. The piece of writing that accompanies the pictures says nothing, and the links are clunky/lazy. In it’s current format it’s far too dependent on readers comments for making it at all worthwhile.
Two of my favourite things – technology & movies – going to waste. They really need to cover the flesh gun and the hydro gun from eXistenZ pronto.