Marisha Pessl

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Cinephilia can take the form of an insatiable hunger, an obsession that continually demands for more – films that cater to more exclusive and refined taste, more resurrected annals of long-forgotten film histories, and more works that pose ever-escalating challenges to the dominant language of cinema. It is no revelation to observe that the Internet has realized a newfound framework for such obsession, like a magic well that promises an endless depth of access to knowledge about obscure, lesser known, or forgotten works. The Internet is not a space where filmic knowledge is publicly available; it is a space where potential knowledge can be excavated and contested over. The game of happenstance is addictive precisely because it carries an eternal promise of more. It is this type of cinephilia that accompanies the recent emergence of several obscure auteurs in web, literary, and moving image culture. One is an Italian-American sicko visionary whose approach to giallo-style torture porn marries the snuff film with high cult art cinema. Another is a Russian émigré whose obsessive Kubrick-on-steroids brand of perfectionism arguably oversaw some of the greatest British films ever made. Yet another is Charles Manson meets Tobe Hooper, a schlocky and gore-obsessed B-auteur and countercultural burnout whose communal approach to filmmaking blurs the line between events behind and in front of the screen. But none of these filmmakers ever existed. All were invented to explore the myth of the genius auteur in the complete absence of an actual body of work to talk […]

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Rupert Wyatt

After rising with Planet of the Apes, Rupert Wyatt is now setting his sights on noir. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director will helm an adaptation of “Night Film,” the forthcoming novel from “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” author Marisha Pessl. So, really, the second bit of good news is that there’s a new book from Marisha Pessl coming out. Her new story focuses on the suicide of a young woman who was the daughter of an enigmatic horror filmmaker. A journalist investigates whether or not suicide was really the cause of death and finds himself, unsurprisingly, down the rabbit hole of intrigue. Chernin Entertainment has picked it up, and they have a first-look deal with Fox, but there’s currently no writer or studio deal as of yet. All of this sounds excellent. Pessl is a unique voice that blends quirk and encyclopedic  information into her descriptions, and that tone is especially suited for noir. Now the only question is where our “Calamity Physics” adaptation is. Get it together, producers.

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Welcome to Print to Projector, where we feign literacy in order to suggest what we’d like to see slapped onto the big screen. This week, we look at a high school mystery of epic proportions.

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