Director Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways) also directed the last short film in the anthology Paris je t’aime, where each arrondissement (district) of the city has its own narrative. Payne’s short is for the 14th arr starring Margo Martindale. In her interview with Fresh Air she explains what she was thinking about that allowed her to give such an emotionally honest performance.
Today Payne talks about directing that moment:
You see in that clip that she has very ready access to emotion… I think we did 4 or 5 takes and she was equally good in all of them it was just a matter of making sure the camera was right and the timing with the voice-over and so forth. I clearly remember having 3 or 4 takes to deal with. The good ones could keep it going, it’s not just one take where they really hit that emotion, well, maybe, but, “Let’s try it again, the cameraman missed it.” … We all have to understand that film is technical as well as emotional.
everyone needs to make sure they’ve seen this short film
"GIFS. THEY’RE LIKE GIFTS. BUT THEY’RE GIFS." - me
I can’t wait until the Sherlock 50th Anniversary special! Maybe they’ll air series 3!
^this gif accurately represents both emotions im feeling simultaneously
The American Music Awards should not be something we pay attention to—decided by ludicrous metrics with no clear logic, the American Music Awards were Dick Clark’s populist alternative to the Grammys, and throughout the 1990s and early 2000s they were largely considered the unwanted stepchild of music award shows. Whereas the Grammys—flawed as they are—had at least some consistency to claim legitimacy, the American Music Awards existed as an excuse to get celebrities to show up and accept awards on live television. The Grammys have evolved into a concert interrupted by awards, but the AMAs were always a concert interrupted by awards; the difference is that the awards never mattered.
In this regard, though, the AMAs were ahead of their time. In our current moment, glorified concerts are a network’s dream, as it’s the one kind of programming that can consistently drive live viewership. Social media has made events like the American Music Awards—or the similar Billboard Music Awards—into public spectacles. The lack of legitimacy no longer matters, because no one expects it, and the awards themselves have been comfortably transformed into lures for intense fan bases—I’m looking at you, Directioners—to read meaning into something that has none. Performances like Miley Cyrus’ above are perfectly in tune with this shift in award culture, closing the show not with a large-scale production number but with something confounding and built for spreading confusion—and thus conversation—across social media platforms.
I tweeted last night that I’m bothered by the fact we’re paying attention to the American Music Awards, and this is true. What is “American” about the American Music Awards? Given the (relatively) global nature of the Internet, are its winners chosen by Americans? Are only Americans able to win awards? (Nope—One Direction won). The awards are based on no logic whatsoever, but that doesn’t matter in the contemporary moment, creating my fear that we will have accepted the American Music Awards as something worth even an small amount of our respect as an arbiter of “quality” or anything similar to it.
Let it live on in examples like the above: the performances, segmented out for YouTube, with none of the meaningless nonsense used to pretend this is more than a glorified concert.
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In honor of the Great American Smoke Out, we replaced all the cigarettes in Mad Men with party horns.
after days of Googling I still have no idea WTF a toxin is
truly have had enough of these stupid anti-technology comics like..get your whiny ass a flip phone then. no one’s stopping you. i was too broke to use anything but a shitty ancient flip phone with no internet for years, right up until about 9 months ago, and i can tell you why i wanted a smartphone - the ability to look things up at any time, the ability to use a GPS system to get where im going, the ability to listen to music. if your life is consumed by social media then get off the fucking social media instead of making yet another generic zenpencils-y drawing of WAHHH I HATE THE PRESENT WE’RE ALL TECHNOLOGY ZOMBIES. christ
Kosher Certification Seals of the United States
low quality map, unfortunately, but still I think a neat idea.
*NSYNC 1998 - first MTV interview
A recently translated book by the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio reveals a religious leader who understands the limits of religion.
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