Around & About
-- There's a new issue of Cinema Scope. David Hudson points to it with useful excerpts and summaries.
-- Twitch has a post about the first big announcement of films for this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Among the main attractions so far: Hou Hsiao-hsien's Voyage of the Red Balloon; Ermanno Olmi's One Hundred Nails; Naomi Kawase's The Mourning Forest; Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine; Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra; Bela Tarr's The Man from London; Carlos Reygadas's Silent Light; Jacques Rivette's Don't Touch The Axe; Ulrich Seidl's Import Export; Christophe Honoré's Les Chansons d'Amours; Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Ploy; the Coens's No Country For Old Men; and Roy Andersson's You, the Living. (Via Michael Guillen at The Evening Class.)
-- You simply must read Michael Sicinski's review of the omnibus film Paris, Je t'aime (scroll almost all the way down).
-- David Bordwell visits with James Mangold, whose new film, a remake of Delmer Daves's 3:10 To Yuma, is in post-production.
-- I've been combing through Steve Erickson's top 10 lists spanning four decades (40s through 70s), identifying 'gaps', and adding those films to my DVD rental queue.
-- Doug Cummings reports on new films by Martin Rejtman, Charles Burnett, and Lee Yoon-ki from the Los Angeles Film Festival.
-- Kevin Lee on the Donnell Media Center at the New York Public Library.
-- Anthony Kaufman on two new environmentally aware documentaries, Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes and Laura Dunn's The Unforeseen.
Thoughts on any of the above? Feel free to duck into the comments box.