Of the Day – 09.30.10

Read of the Day:

  • Scott Brown comes up with a well-written piece about The Social Network‘s back story. [Wired]

News of the Day:

  • Adding to the  week that has already been cruelly filled with loss, Bonnie and Clyde director Arthur Penn and legendary actor Tony Curtis have died. (More on the latter to come.) [Yahoo! News]

Review of the Day:

  • The notorious contrarian, Armond White, has unsurprisingly come out against The Social Network. His review doesn’t even seem to make sense, but he’s a master at drawing web traffic. [New York Press]

Oscar News of the Day:

  • The official schedule of Academy screenings for the 2010 film season has been released. [The Gold Derby]

Free Movie of the Day:

  • Check out a film that’s near impossible to get a hold of on DVD: William Wyler’s Wuthering Heights, which features the performance that Laurence Olivier claimed taught him how to act for film. It’s on TCM tonight at 8pm ET/7pm CT. [TCM]

Movie Quote of the Day:

  • “Jerry, boy, why do you have to paint everything so black? Suppose you got hit by a truck. Suppose the stock market crashes. Suppose Mary Pickford divorces Douglas Fairbanks. Suppose the Dodgers leave Brooklyn!” — Name the movie?
    Yesterday’s Answer: Let the Right One In (2008)

Picture of the Day:

  • New character banners have appeared online for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. [Coming Soon]

Video of the Day:

  • Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher talk The Social Network with Mark Harris in an interesting interview. [Vulture via In Contention]

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  • Why doesn’t everyone just stop paying attention to Armond White? If they did, he’d go away.

  • Andrew R.

    Joe Mantell died yesterday too. He was Oscar-nominated for Marty and delivered the line “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.”

    This is seriously depressing-Stuart, Menke, Penn, Curtis, AND Mantell. That’s five Oscar nominees in a week.

  • Is anyone surprised by Armond White? I saw his review about 15 minutes after it was posted, it had well over 100 comments on Rottentomatoes. All other reviews had less than 5.

    Honestly, I am kind of glad someone like him exists to ruin and infuriate the mindless mobs that are emotionally angered to see a film lose it’s perfect score, a film most, if not all of them have not even seen. It makes me laugh.

    @Andrew, I noticed that too, that’s pretty depressing.

  • Amen to your second paragraph, Davin. He has over 2300 comments right now and counting. As much as he is hated he always gets great discussions stirred up around the internet when he posts a review.

  • Quinn

    Arnold White doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  • On the constrary, I think he knows exactly what he is talking about. I’m just not sure he truly believes it.

  • Jose

    Alex, are you sure he gets great discussions started? I checked the comments and most of them are obscenities directed at White. I thinks its great that people can talk about afilm and whether or not if it is a masterpiece like everyone else is saying, but I just think it sucks that the guys pulling the strings is the same one who bashes everything on sight and called the new Resident Evil movie “superior to Avatar and Inception” and wrote that “Clash of the Titans was better then the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    He could be right though and the film might be bad, I havn’t seen it yet so I don’t know but his poorly written review that makes no sense (you serioulsly hated it because the main character was a creep?) doesn’t worry me.

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