Archive for February, 2013

Therese Desqueyroux: Audrey Tautou at Rendezvous With French Cinema

in Film

Went to see Audrey Tautou and producer Annie Miller discuss their latest movie, Therese Desqueyroux, at IFC Center in NYC. Could not pass up this opportunity, as Amelie and L’Auberge Espagnole both rank in my favorite movies of all time. Photo credits: Imp Awards, Emmanuelle Riva in the original 1962 movie version via Tout le Cine, film still via Globe & Mail. IFC and screening photo my own.

Social Media and the Anti-Audience

in Great Articles, Technology

Last week, someone linked me to a fascinating NY Times blog post that was rather succinctly titled: “Most Facebook Users Have Taken A Break From the Site, Study Finds.” It doesn’t escape me that this could be construed as a trolling article. (Alternative Title: “Most Popular Platform is Not As Popular As You Might Think.”) The results of the study in question should also be taken with a grain of salt, as they are based entirely on user survey, and no hard data from Facebook. However, the article did prompt me to think in depth about the effect of “audience” on social networking platforms. Here’s a quote from the article: “Facebook’s biggest challenge revolves around figuring out how to continue to profit from its rich reservoir of one billion users — and a large part of that involves keeping them entertained and returning to the site on a regular basis.… More

Breathless

in Film, Video

I found out on Sunday that the Criterion collection was free on Hulu through President’s Day weekend. I took the opportunity to watch the recommended classic: Breathless, by Jean-Luc Godard. It’s interesting to watch famous film classics for the first time, and as a complete film newb. Oftentimes, classic films are the ones that revolutionized the genre somehow many many years ago, but, watching the film in a modern time (without any context into what was possible or standard at the time) makes it harder to instantly gauge what made it so revolutionary. It turns out that director Jean-Luc Godard became known for challenging “craft over content,” and innovation over tradition, and that he was one of the preeminent directors of French New Wave cinema. “The principal form of talent in the cinema today is to accord more importance to what is in front of the camera than to the… More