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“Much to love in live reading of Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight” — Betsy Sharkey at the LA Times giddily reports from a dead movie resurrected as theater (and which might be re-resurrected as a movie). Apparently a good time was had by all.
“Cheaper By the Dozen” — Emily Nussbaum at The New Yorker praises Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany and Tatiana Maslany for elevating a good sci-fi show to greatness. As per the Orphan Black rules of Clone Club, the piece is partially behind a paywall. Worth it.
“A Trove of Old Film Footage, Now Online” — Allan Kozinn at The New York Times points out a few gems that we’re lucky to have access to. How will the people of 2114 react to “Squirrel Waterskiing”?
“How Hollywood Killed Death” — Alexander Huls, also repping The NY Times, dissects the worthlessness that Hollywood blockbusters have placed on killing characters. Fake outs are nothing new, but it feels especially silly given the dominance of Game of Thrones-style surprises lurking around on television — surprises that have the heft and draw of genuine finality. Huls makes the connection to stock screenwriting structures and the comic bookification of the screen replete with its death-cheating deaths), but closes on a far darker note: manipulating the audience as good business strategy.