Filmmaker Daniel Gordon investigates the 1988 Olympic race that resulted in disgrace for Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, a gold medal for the USA’s Carl Lewis, and major controversy over drug testing. Carl Lewis would go on to ruin National Anthems everywhere. Here’s 9.79.
Errol Morris’ new short film, Team Spirit
OC: released under the auspices of ESPN and the ad agency Wieden + Kennedy, Morris’ latest short, Team Spirit, looks at a slice of humanity practically made for his feature-length documentaries: sports fans so obsessed that they arrange to express their team affiliation even in death.
Check out Leos Carax’s Holy Motors at MIFF, it’s got a great look the premise sounds promising. A very promising premise indeed.
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man…
Chris Marker RIP
29 July 1921 - 29 July 2012, the same day!
Guardian: Marker’s creative use of sound, images and text in his poetic, political and philosophical documentaries made him one of the most inventive of film-makers. They looked forward to what is called “the new documentary”, but also looked back to the literary essay in the tradition of Michel de Montaigne. Marker’s interests lay in transitional societies - “life in the process of becoming history,” as he put it. How do various cultures perceive and sustain themselves and each other in the increasingly intermingled modern world?
He was probably most famous for the short film Le Jetee, which 12 Monkeys was based on, (it can be seen in full here) but I prefer this one Sans Soleil. Also, if you can manage to find it The Case of the Grinning Cat is a really fascinating take on post 911 French politics.
These brilliant Pompeian graffiti quotes reminded me of this scene in Life of Brian.
JK: A big list of Pompeian graffiti proves that the writing in bathroom stalls and tourist attractions hasn’t changed much in a few millennia. You know, there’s a lot of, “Antiochus hung out here with his girlfriend Cithera.” There’s some, “To the one defecating here. Beware of the curse. If you look down on this curse, may you have an angry Jupiter for an enemy.” And then my absolute favorite, “Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!”
Don’t forget this one either
Here’s a six minute trailer for Cloud Atlas, with trailers like this you kinda don’t need to see the film. I read this book recently and really enjoyed it, hopefully the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer haven’t bitten off too much to chew.