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“How Heathers changed teen movies forever” — Hyperbole aside, Daniel Bettridge at The Week makes a great case for a cult flop altering the landscape toward aggressive honesty in youth storytelling. It’s a vision without the sixteen candles, but the ultimate question is whether the little-seen gem made a large impact or was simply part of a much bigger, inevitable movement.
“Are you ready for a wraparound movie screen?” — Noel Murray at The Dissolve asks the question that Barco hopes you’ll be enthusiastically nodding your head in response to. The company unveiled its Escape System at CinemaCon, and they’re hoping that fans will love being literally surrounded by visuals. A brand new kind of gimmicky movie screen. It’s a gamble — one that feels far better suited for experiential journeys (Koyaanisqatsi?) than for any kind of narrative.
“5 Women Documentary Pioneers You Should Know” — Daniel Walber at Nonfics profiles a developmental history that deserves a bigger spotlight.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson takes the 4:3 challenge” — David Bordwell gets fascinatingly in-depth regarding shot style (with a plethora of examples from Anderson and beyond). Fair warning: get ready for a lot of characters staring directly at you.
“Which Movie Characters Are Too Sacred to Ever Be Recast?” — Christopher Campbell (he’s everywhere these days) at Movies.com uses your tweet responses to cap a brief exploration that imagines if Twitter were around when Sean Connery was replaced as Bond.
“Nymphomaniac and the infinite loneliness of Lars von Trier” — David Ehrlich at The Dissolve opens with the best, most disturbing quotation possible before finding trenchant meaning in a desperate search for fulfillment. I also think I owned “Lars von Trier and the Infinite Loneliness” on vinyl back in the ’90s.
“Hold the Door Open” — Screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe commits to making the lead female character in his next spec script a woman of color. Here’s why.