11/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Four Lions’ on tour, Thompson remembers ‘Back to the Future,’ The Boss talks ‘The Promise’

Posted by · 7:28 am · November 1st, 2010

Devin Faraci goes on the road with Chris Morris and his film, “Four Lions.” [Badass Digest]

Brian Truitt talks “Back to the Future” with Lea Thompson, 25 years later.  I always forget it was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.  (AWESOME.)  [USA Today]

Bruce Springsteen talks the making of “Darkness on the Edge of Town” at the London premiere of “The Promise.” [The Guardian]

Christopher Campbell wonders if the recently announced Ric O’Barry biopic could depreciate “The Cove.” [Cinematical]

Brian Brooks reports on a screening of “Fair Game” at the FIND Filmmaker Forum. [indieWIRE]

Amy Kaufman talks to the cast of “Megamind.” [Los Angeles Times]

David Poland on how studio campaigns are behaving in the wake of “The Hurt Locker.” [Movie City News]

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  • 1 11-01-2010 at 9:00 am

    James D. said...

    Wouldn’t that biopic increase awareness of the documentary?

    Also, now that we are a year or so away from that documentary’s release, can we recognize it as an intensely one-sided hit job?

  • 2 11-01-2010 at 9:25 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...


  • 3 11-01-2010 at 9:35 am

    jon said...

    Yeah, I never really understood the love for that doc. Simplistic and borderline racist (I found its implications re: “whorish” Caribbean nations problematic, to say the least).

  • 4 11-01-2010 at 10:58 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    How is that remotely racist? “Whorish” said it perfectly. They sold out morality for funding. How would you describe it?

  • 5 11-01-2010 at 11:10 am

    James D. said...

    I would call it racist. The United States and the Western world slaughters far more chickens, pigs, cows, and whatever else than the Japanese do dolphins. Sure, the Japanese fishermen were far more brutal and you could argue that their violence was senseless and pointless given how the bodies were discarded, but the music cues try and equate it with the Holocaust or something of that magnitude.

  • 6 11-01-2010 at 11:40 am

    Kyle said...

    The bigger tragedy is the fact that Dolphins have a higher intelligence level than the animals you listed that are bred for food in the US. Dolphins have been proven to have an awareness akin to that of humans…so its like me killing your neighbor rather than say, a dog or cow.

  • 7 11-01-2010 at 11:43 am

    James D. said...

    What does intelligence have to do with anything? Both a cow and a dolphin, and a human for that matter, have a will to live.

  • 8 11-01-2010 at 11:56 am

    jon said...

    What James said. I found the doc’s narrow frame of reference i sreally troubling. O’Barry’s tactics (and his claims) are rendered with a the most uncritical of eyes. It makes rather extreme generalizations about Japanese society and most of the Japanese it presents are thuggish buffoons (while also ignoring analogous practices in other parts of the world). I don’t mind a documentary with a perspective, but the film makes no attempt to engage with the other side (apart from the usual agitprop).

    re: Caribbean nations, I don’t think the film does a very good job of explicating the power dynamics at play but instead goes in for the cheap metaphors.

  • 9 11-01-2010 at 12:40 pm

    Kyle said...

    Are you a vegetarian James? Just curious…

    Please read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacean_intelligence

    You can say it doesn’t matter all you want, but when you start looking at the facts related to Dolphin intelligence and cross species cooperation, it’s hard to deny the tragedy that the slaughter of dolphins equates to.

  • 10 11-01-2010 at 12:56 pm

    Eric said...

    Kris, are you doing an Off The Carpet column today?

  • 11 11-01-2010 at 12:58 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Nice with the Winter’s Bone FYC ads! They’re the first ones I’ve seen of the season that spell it out as such (unlike those Animal Kingdom ones).

    November 1st, and we’re off!

  • 12 11-01-2010 at 2:10 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Eric: Kris is travelling today, so I suspect there will be no column this week.

  • 13 11-01-2010 at 2:39 pm

    James D. said...

    I am not a vegetarian, no. That is sort of my point. How can I condemn Japanese practices when I ate animals multiple times last week?

    I know dolphins are more intelligent, but I don’t think that is a valid argument. An animal is an animal, so I don’t see how killing one is different than another.