BFI: 101 Hidden Gems: The Greatest Films You’ve Never Seen
. “Hailing from every continent but Antarctica and spanning more than 120 years, this selection is, in its way, as representative of the riches of cinema history as that other list
we released at the end of last year. Fiction rubs shoulders with nonfiction, films made by collectives sit alongside hand-crafted animation, and a healthy dose of comedy sidles up to heartbreaking drama – and then there are the films that defy all categorisation.”
posted by oulipian at 9:11 AM Dec 7 2023 - 23 comments [52 favorites]
Stairway to Heaven.
(YouTube via Invidious so you aren't tracked.) At the annual prize-giving ceremony at St Andrews College
in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) in Aotearoa, the music department covers Led Zepplin's 'Stairway to Heaven' and absolutely nails it. It's going viral
here but deserves a wider audience.
posted by vac2003 at 2:17 PM Dec 7 2023 - 20 comments [21 favorites]
The ancient Cynic outlook was negative, but the Cynic did not become trapped by their negativity, or use a negative outlook on life as an excuse for doing nothing, for giving up on life, or for giving in. Cynic negativity was not associated with the idea that if everything is bad, nothing can be done, so let’s do nothing. Rather, Cynic negativity spurred the Cynic into action. Negativity was employed in a quest to become free of unnatural restraint, and to conjure a less servile state of mind. Negativity released the Cynic from social obligations, and social ties, and allowed the Cynic to think differently about the world around them.
from How to live like a Cynic
posted by chavenet at 12:47 AM Dec 7 2023 - 20 comments [20 favorites]
This was the year she perfected her craft—not just with her music, but in her position as the master storyteller of the modern era. The world, in turn, watched, clicked, cried, danced, sang along, swooned, caravanned to stadiums and movie theaters, let her work soundtrack their lives. For Swift, it’s a peak. 'This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been,' Swift tells me. 'Ultimately, we can convolute it all we want, or try to overcomplicate it, but there’s only one question.' Here, she adopts a booming voice. 'Are you not entertained?'
"For building a world of her own that made a place for so many, for spinning her story into a global legend, for bringing joy to a society desperately in need of it, Taylor Swift is TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year."
posted by Rhaomi at 12:14 PM Dec 7 2023 - 38 comments [9 favorites]
I've watched a lot of these Actors On Actors videos from Variety, but none of them have felt as truly interesting to me as Cillian Murphy & Margot Robbie
meeting for the first time and talking about the phenomenon that was Barbenheimer. 45m
posted by hippybear at 8:38 AM Dec 7 2023 - 6 comments [8 favorites]
"Ken Gun Min is a daydreamer. 'I have one foot in reality and the other in fantasy,' the painter says as he sits on the floor of his Koreatown studio and sews beads onto a finished canvas. 'I have a fantasy-oriented brain. I am constantly daydreaming and creating stories'" The LA Times presents a story
on the artist and his big, gorgeous, sumptuously gay paintings/collages/beadwork. But also, because I cannot get enough: Ken Gun Min’s Vision of Gay Utopia
(Hyperallergic). And from his 2022 show
posted by mittens at 8:53 AM Dec 7 2023 - 5 comments [8 favorites]
: “As a BBC licence payer I demand more of this type of behaviour.” Huffington Post
: “Undeterred by the faux pas, the newscaster simply composed herself and began reading from the autocue about the latest updates in the Boris Johnson Covid inquiry. Fortunately for Maryam, the moment took place when the UK feed was showing Prime Minister’s Questions, so only international viewers saw the moment play out live.” CBS News
: “Maryam Moshiri, the chief presenter at the British network, said she was "joking around a bit with the team" when she stuck up her middle finger just as the broadcast went to air.” In the Metro, further BBC news mishaps
posted by Wordshore at 11:27 AM Dec 7 2023 - 22 comments [8 favorites]
Following on the recent Rolling Stone
best albums of 2023 posting and with a few media outlets yet to weigh in, a few more best-of lists from the media jungle, compiled for your reference and enjoyment.
posted by the sobsister at 10:32 AM Dec 6 2023 - 28 comments [26 favorites]
The woman who threw a burrito bowl in a Chipotle employee's face back in September has been sentenced
to a fine and 180 days jail time, with that time reduced to 60 days in exchange for working 20 hours per week at a fast food restaurant for two months. "She got exactly what she deserved. She’s gonna walk in my shoes,” Russell said.
posted by Night_owl at 12:51 PM Dec 6 2023 - 77 comments [18 favorites]