David Ehrlich’s video essay of his top 25 films of 2013 is so compelling that it
a) makes me pretty much agree with every single one of his choices, even the ones I haven’t seen*,
and b) makes me think writing “best of” lists at the end of the year is officially past its stale-date. The supercut is the future.
*fuck, I am in trouble here. Have not seen many of them, as usual, but this montage makes me want to see, immediately: Gatsby, Leviathan, The Grandmaster, 12 Years a Slave, Touch of Sin, Llewyn Davis, Frances Ha, Post Tenebras Lux, Broken Circle Breakdown, and The Wind Rises**. Among other things, I apparently made horrible choices at TIFF. Also, whatever version of The Act of Killing I saw, it wasn’t that version.
**I won’t be seeing Pain and Gain. Sorry.
IN HIPPOLYTA’S NAME, MAMO ASSEMBLE
New series “The Unloved” kicks off at RogerEbert.com with this wonderful look at David Fincher’s nearly-brilliant Alien3.
I reckoned with the film myself last summer for The Substream.
In which I consider the role celebrities occupy in our society, and why we can rarely reconcile ourselves against their deaths. Read more
Every time I look at the stack of 2013 movies I need to watch before year end I only think “can’t I just watch MOONRISE KINGDOM instead?”
“When he bites her and she’s writhing on the floor, in her full orgasm she breaks the table. They missed it. The most erotic thing I’ve ever seen on TV, and the censors missed it completely.” SMG.
“As you know, I provide the most memorable deserts.”
Believe it or not, there was a time in my life when “avatar” was a fairly obscure concept. So it was when “Silicon Avatar” aired, one of those rare episodes to come to the production via the slush pile of Michael Piller’s open-door script policy at Star Trek. It’s also one of my least favourite episodes ever, a weak-kneed semi-sequel to “Datalore” that finds a creepy old woman trying to access the Omicron Theta colonist memories stored in Data’s head, because one of those colonists was her son. I guess there’s a story there, but cripes, “Silicon Avatar” is dull.Read more
Like “The Wounded” before it, “Ensign Ro” is one of the key building blocks of what became Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, with the introduction of the Cardassians’ other halves, the Bajorans. Those two intertwined races and their decades-long conflict forms the spine of DS9, and if the Bajorans are slightly off-model in “Ensign Ro” (the series dropped the idea that the Bajorans had, after the Cardassian invasion, become a nomadic race wandering the galaxy), kudos to the writers for establishing most of the rest of the species’ particularities with such aplomb. We get our first looks at the Bajoran resistance, the Bajoran earrings, the Bajoran naming conventions, and the Bajoran temper. And we get Ensign Ro, of course.Read more