Read On is a regular feature in which The Dissolve’s staff recommends recent film pieces. Because there’s always someone writing something notable about the movies somewhere on the Internet.
Our own Kate Erbland looks at the “true tragedy of Entourage” at Film School Rejects:
“The tragedy of Entourage, however, is that such a promise never came true for the people who actually played wannabes on the small screen. The stars of Entourage may have become extremely successful within the confines of their characters, but they’ve been mostly unable to transfer fake triumph into real results. Entourage is about megastars, but it stars people who will never be as successful as their fictional characters. That’s rarely been clearer than it is in Entourage the film’s latest trailer, which clarifies the plot of the feature—one that was demanded by both dedicated fans and its own creative team behind it—and the narrative’s continued obsession with making it in Hollywood, all while being lead by actors who don’t typically topline highly anticipated summer features.”
Over at Sight And Sound, Robert Greene is rankled about the claims of The Jinx spurring a renaissance for the documentary genre:
“The reason I’m so angry about this series, however, is that, in the wake of the shocker finale and Durst’s arrest, which preceded it by mere hours, the discussion has turned to questions about the relationship between ethics and storytelling in nonfiction that I hold close to my heart. As a filmmaker and writer, I’ve spent years working in elastic documentary modes and talking about expanding boundaries in the form, all within the context of what has been called a ‘documentary golden age’. Whether one buys the hyperbole or not is immaterial. Something is going on in nonfiction and it has lead to some very interesting films being made. My fear is that, because The Jinx has become such a controversial phenomenon, and because it’s such a sloppy, potentially unethical and self-serving piece of work, it threatens to cast a shadow on this era.”
The Toast’s Mallory Ortberg imagines “the revenge-based sequel to Cast Away that Tom Hanks so richly deserves”:
“TOM HANKS: So. I disappear the day after we get engaged. Counting backwards of four and a half years, that’s one year for the baby, nine months plus three – give or take – of trying to conceive and being pregnant. You guys dated for what, six months, a year, before you got married?
HELEN HUNT: About a year and a half.
TOM HANKS: Right, because it takes a little while to plan a wedding, even if you’re not planning something super elaborate. Which I imagine you wouldn’t have, for obvious reasons.
HELEN HUNT: Because we were all still so sad –
TOM HANKS: Because you were all still so sad about how dead I was.
HELEN HUNT: So sad.”
Flavorwire’s Moze Halperin breaks down how Kumiko The Treasure Hunter presents pop culture as a religion:
“Fargo gives Kumiko purpose and isolates her from her expected societal obligations, imposed by her bosses, her mother, and her chirpy coworkers: work, marry, give birth. Kumiko is from Japan, and notably Tokyo — an obvious center of technological acceleration — and what she’s absorbing is the product of America — an obvious center of pop-cultural acceleration (and pop-cultural imperialism). Fargo, as the Americana-obsessed Coen Brothers’ most iconized film, couldn’t be more American. Caught between America’s dictatorial cultural capital and Japan’s technological one, the character has been handed a cultural product to overtake her, heighten her solitude — and lead her to her own individualist ‘prize.’ ”
Plus, the rest of today’s biz-ness:
- Super Troopers 2 reached its $2 million Indiegogo goal in one day
- 20th Century Fox has enlisted RoboCop writer Joshua Zetumer to adapt Boston Strong
- Hannibal writer Nick Antosca has been tapped to write a new draft of Friday The 13th
- Level 33 will distribute coming-of-age story Spike Island, starring Emilia Clarke
- Oculus and 3 Days Kill will get Indian remakes
- Mad Max: Fury Road will premiere out of competition at Cannes
- Guillermo del Toro unveils a Pacific Rim comic book series
- Roadside Attractions acquired the Roland Emmerich historical drama Stonewall
- Common and Billy Bob Thornton have joined Hunter Killer