Thursday, January 03, 2013

LOLA 3, etc.

Adrian Martin and I have just released the third issue of LOLA. The theme of the issue is "Masks".

As we did last time, we have put up a first group of pieces, and we will roll out the rest of the issue this month. The centerpiece of LOLA 3 is a large section devoted to Leos Carax's Holy Motors. The first part of this dossier, featuring ten writers, is up now. We will close the issue in a few weeks with the final part.

Also up now are essays by film scholars Erika Balsom (on a trip to Greece to see Gregory Markopoulos' films at Temenos), Philip Brophy (on the cinema of Crispin Hellion Glover), and Yvette Bíró (on Pietro Germi's 1962 film Numbered Days).

Update: Five more articles are now up: by Cristina Álvarez López, Dana Linssen, Luc Moullet, Tom O'Regan and me (it's my first long-form piece for LOLA, and it's on the Toronto International Film Festival).

I will make sure to announce the rest of the issue here as we roll it out. Happy New Year -- and happy reading!


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I'm in Madras, India, visiting my parents over the holiday break, and have had a chance to catch up on a goodly amount of recent cinema reading. Let me share links to it here:

-- A great Tony Scott tribute at MUBI with entries by a couple of dozen critics.

-- Unearthing a great two-year-old interview with Tom Gunning at Tableau: "There’s this quote that I often inflict on my students, that I heard from a Romanian scholar under Ceauşescu, the last Stalinist government that would rewrite history every morning: “The future is what we put our faith in, because the past is always changing and is so unreliable.” Although for them it was a joke about government policy, for me it’s a profound statement about history. History keeps on changing; our image of the past transforms."

-- Best-of-the-Year Lists: David Hudson's personal "best of 2012"; Desistfilm; Film Comment (released and unreleased films); BFI's "best DVDs and Blu-rays of the year"; Village Voice; Reverse ShotIndependencia (France); Srikanth Srinivasan at The Seventh Art; Filipe Furtado, 1 and 2; Kevin Lee's "Essential Online Videos of 2012"; and Steve Erickson's "best political documentaries of the year".

-- New issues of: Screening the Past; Cinema Scope; Artforum with a special focus on Chris Marker;  NECSUS journal; Cineaste; and Vertigo (UK).

-- Jonathan Rosenbaum: A post with links to about 25 pieces available on the web that are not yet on his website; reviews of two recent film books, on Tarkovsky's Stalker and Ozu's Late Spring, at Film Comment; on Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret at the FIPRESCI website; an exchange on Citizen Kane originally published in Cinema Journal in 1987; and an essay-post on the best movies of 1996

-- Catherine Grant's great, new essay "Déjà-Viewing: Videographic Experiments in Intertextual Film Studies" is in the latest issue of Mediascape. Also, she has many links-filled entries at Film Studies for Free: A post collecting the online pieces of Christian Keathley; rounding up links to Frames journal issues 1 and 2 (the previous links to issue 1 are no longer valid); "A Stocking Full of eReading and Viewing"; "Chronicle of an Auteur: More Antonioni Goodness!";  and "New Senses of Cinema".  

-- An hour-long video interview with Adrian Martin on the subject of the "figural" in cinema; and his new Filmkrant column on OOO (object-oriented ontology) and cinema.

-- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: A collection of capsule reviews he wrote in 2012 for Cine-File; and a half-dozen new pieces in the last month at MUBI.

-- Farran Smith Nehme on the French film Razzia sur la Chnouf (1955), one of the Siren's recent favorites. 

-- Roland François-Lack, aka The Cine-Tourist, meticulously identifies the locations in Holy Motors

-- Interviews: William Klein in Sight & Sound; Pier Paolo Pasolini interviewed by James Blue in 1965; Christian Petzold on Barbara; and Miguel Gomes, 1 and 2.

-- via Cinetrix: Mark Fisher has a tumblr page. Most recent: a post on Cronenberg's eXistenZ.

-- Dennis Lim in Artforum on the recent Rome film festival.

-- Michael Sicinski's epic TIFF reviews page.

-- Gwendolyn Audrey Foster: "Fifties Hysteria Returns: Doomsday Prepping in a Culture of Fear, Death, and Automatic Weapons".

-- Steve Rybin on Douglas Sirk.

-- Ted Fendt on Godard's 1998 short Adieu au TNS.

-- Rose McLaren: "The Prosaic Sublime of Béla Tarr".

-- Simon Sellars: "In Defence of the Virtual: A Secret History of Ballardian Film Adaptations".

-- via Trevor Link: "A Working Guide to 1960s Japanese Cinema".

-- Electric Sheep magazine honors the late Koji Wakamatsu in a special issue.

-- From the archives of Screening the Past: Chika Kinoshita's "Choreography of desire: analysing Kinuyo Tanaka's acting in Mizoguchi's films": "The most fascinating aspect of the penultimate scene of The life of Oharu is the way in which Tanaka scurries through the palace, chasing after her son. How can we account for the fascination generated by her steps?" (Thanks, Dan Morgan.)

pic: Leos Carax in Holy Motors.