Every week, I’m compiling a list of links that entertain and delight me, challenge and baffle me. I’m doing this as a sort of curating project, but also as a way to keep the blog afloat as I keep working on my dissertation.
The Sonnet Project: In their own words, “The Sonnet Project is a completely crazy idea dreamed up by Ross Williams from NY Shakespeare Exchange. 154 sonnets, 154 NYC locations, 154 actors. It’s a tapestry of cinematic art that infuses the poetry of William Shakespeare into the poetry of New York City. It’s huge, it’s visceral and it’s right here.” See their take on classic Sonnet 20 here aptly presented in Christopher St. Park:
You probably read my piece on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind earlier this week commemorating its 10th year anniversary, but head over to The Film Experience and read Nathaniel’s take on it and read the various other entries for this visual celebration of Gondry & Kaufman’s trippy romantic masterpiece.
What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars; What Is It About Us that You Don’t Like? Conner Habib’s lengthy (I kept wondering if the impact of the piece would be better served in a format that didn’t almost veer into #TL;DR territory) is nevertheless an interesting topic that I hadn’t much thought about even though I’m probably guilty of many of the judgmental positions he outlines.
Derek Jarman’s Advice To A Young Queer Artist, By Scott Treleaven. “In 1992, at the age of nineteen, I met Derek Jarman while I was walking along Old Compton Street in Soho. Having recently dropped out of film school in Canada, penniless and recently ‘out’, I’d gone to London (my mother’s hometown) in hopes of reinventing my new queer self. I bumped into Derek, literally, and after a brief conversation he invited me to accompany him on his errands. Over the course of a scant couple of hours he would give me some advice on filmmaking and, more importantly, advice on living as a queer man, that I’d keep with me for the rest of my life.” Great read.
New Mondo Disney Posters for “Nothing’s Impossible” Mondo Posters and Disney may not seem like a natural pair, but damn if these posters exhibited at SXSW aren’t beautiful.
Oranges and Blues (in Film/Film Trailers) I’m currently playing around with various ways of visualizing some data I’ve gathered from my dissertation’s authors (namely, I’ve culled all the titles Gore Vidal and Manuel Puig watched in their childhood) and I’ve been looking around for cool ways of presenting data in engaging and beautiful ways. This article (almost a year old! wonder what happened to Edmund that he seemed to have left his site so orphaned?) is a great example of this, mining trailer imagery to remind us all that, yes, filmmakers love their orange and blue hues.