Of the Day – 10.17.11

Read of the Day:

  • A new book about legendary film critic Pauline Kael is coming out so A.O. Scott and Manhola Dargis have a conversation about her. [New York Times]

News of the Day:

  • In other bizarre Drive related news, the man who threw a hot dog at Tiger Woods is now saying it was because of Nicholas Winding Refn’s movie. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Review of the Day:

  • Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin screened at the London Film Festival over the weekend and Mike Goodridge calls it a “spellbinding cinematic feat.” [Screen Daily]

Oscar News of the Day:

  • The Artist has won the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival. This is significant because many Academy members live in the Hamptons. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Streaming Movie of the Day:

  • The French film The Princess of Montpensier from this year is now available on Watch Instantly. [Netflix]

Movie Quote of the Day:

  • “Oh, great. You get the girl, I get the coroner.” — Name the movie?
    Last Week’s Answer: The Thing from Another World (1951)

Picture of the Day:

Video of the Day:

  • The new trailer for Woman in Black shows Daniel Radcliffe looking more scared than when he faced Voldemort. [io9]

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  • Thanks for linking to that lovely NYT article Alex – it’s always a treat to read Dargis and Scott’s occasional back-and-forth’s. That they talk extensively about Kael this time around (and not necessarily in the most reverent light) is particularly wonderful – especially for somebody like me who loves film criticism every bit as greatly as film itself.

    If there are any Film Misery readers out there who are not familiar with Kael’s writing, please do yourself a favor and check out some of her essays if you can. Even if you end up rejecting her opinions and her ideas, her acerbic and razor-sharp prose make her the most fun critic to disagree violently with.

    • Brandon Cooley

      You would like the book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind. It mostly focuses on the New Hollywood directors, but Kael plays a major role in some parts like in the success of Bonnie and Clyde.

      • That book is right up there with Truffaut’s “Hitchcock” and Lumet’s “Making Movies” as great books on movies I really need to read!

  • Jose

    Wow, stuff like that gives Drive free press.

  • great to hear about Tintin and The Artist are getting good response :)

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