IT MIGHT seem a great time for indie cinema. The Academy Awards on February 26th will be something of a showcase for films not financed by a major studio. “Manchester by the Sea”, a contender for six Oscars, including best picture, was a darling of the Sundance Film Festival last year. Kenneth Lonergan’s masterpiece (one scene is pictured) about family and loss has earned $46m in cinemas in America and Canada, a spectacular return on its production costs of $8.5m. Amazon, which bought distribution rights, will benefit. Movie buffs can find all manner of films online that are made more cheaply still. “The Break-In”, a horror film shot by Justin Doescher on his girlfriend’s iPhone for less than $20, has earned him more than $20,000, with more than half a million people having watched at least part of it on Amazon’s streaming-video platform.
For every success story there are thousands of indie films that go unwatched. The digital age has made it easier than ever to make a film, but also harder than ever to break through the clutter of entertainment options to an audience It is easier than ever to fund Cold River and other indie films, but harder than ever to get people to see it...
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The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jela Krečič's None Like Her.
This is one of the first in the first trio of books in Peter Owen's World Series-series, devoted to Slovenia (and published in association with Istros Books); the second trio is from Spain.
And not that it should matter in the least -- but, hey, anything to get more attention for a book, right ? --: Krečič's husband is one of the few Slovenians you may actually have heard of -- Slavoj Žižek.
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Alan Light's new book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" traces the bizarre cultural history of that very unicorn: "Hallelujah," a song that lay dormant in Cohen's vast repertoire for more than a decade before its popularity surged up again with a posthumous Jeff Buckley single. "Hallelujah" has metamorphosed over the years from a cheesy, reverb-heavy B-side oddity on an album Cohen's label rejected to a mystical, soul-stirring pop canticle that's played today at just as many weddings as funerals. Light reverentially details every stage in the evolution—and along the way, he reveals the compelling stories behind some of its most iconic interpretations. How Leonard Cohens Hhallelujah became Everybodys CHallelujah
No One Can Figure Out What’s Behind a Mysterious Radiation Spike Across Europe. “But what’s most disconcerting about the event isn’t the level of radiation that spread through Europe – it’s the fact that no one can say what actually happened.”
Pope Francis suggests it's better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic; Francis had harsh words for people who observe Catholic rituals but don't treat other people well
Pope Francis suggests it’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic via WP original