I take Toshi to school in the morning, and sometimes that's at the end of the workday, and sometimes at the start. Just depends on the day. But either way, I'm doing my morning scan at some point, my daily browser ritual. I figure at least part of the conversation we're going to have here is based on what I see while I'm browsing. So I'll put together my quick thoughts each morning for you, Monday through Friday.
And if there's something particularly worthwhile, we may even do an Afternoon Read from time to time. Sometimes, there's just that much going on.
This morning, let's start with something that's a few days old but that I enjoyed because it's nice to see someone who doesn't hold his own career as some holy thing.
Have I mentioned that Quint's a stud? Because he is. He started that column without really knowing what he was getting himself into, and then he made it work. He's done some of the best movie writing of his career over the run of the series so far, and I think it's had a really interesting impact in him as a film viewer. He digests them differently now. There's a discipline to really writing about film with any regularity and in volume, and I think Quint's work on the AMAD series has been really impressive.
Also at AICN, I read Mr. Beaks pay tribute to Robert Mulligan, director of the great TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Over at Variety, there was only one thing on the front page that I felt like clicking on. I'm heading to Sundance in a few weeks, my first time back in a while (I think the restraining order's finally been lifted), and I'm really curious what I need to make sure I see while I'm up there.
Michael Jones in the film festival editor over there, and he's got a trailer up for "We Live In Public." Never heard of it. But it looks like it's a ten-minute trailer, so I'll go check it out...
He also ran an eight-minute trailer for a film that's playing Slamdance called "Smile Till It Hurts" about the Up With People kids from the '70s. That sounds seriously like it could be the creepiest film of all time. I have to go check the trailer out.
Over at the Hollywood Reporter, there are a few stories worth clicking on. When I hosted the screening of "Trick'R'Treat" at the Chinese in October, Mike Doherty talked a bit about "Bitches," his SEX AND THE CITY meets THE HOWLING show he was developing. Well...
Also on /Film, Hunter Stephenson posted Funny Or Die's "Between Two Ferns" as their video of the day, and it absolutely deserves the title. It's a brutally funny slam on the art of the "celebrity interview" right now, and Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm both deserve a shout-out for it.