Tyson is not alone in film nitpickiness this week. An interesting, persnickety question drew quite a few responses on Quora: “What are some of the most common things you see happening in movies, or TV shows that actually would never work in real life? ” This question has drawn, as of post time, dozens of answers, many of them quite funny. One of the best is “In many TV shows and most films, people can start running from a dead stop, regardless of their physical condition or age and never experience pulled muscles or strained ligaments,” writes Jon Maxon. Also, according to Vanathi Parthasarathi, “super quick DNA tests.” Duly noted.
Tom Roston wants to establish a hybrid documentary canon. A hybrid documentary, or docufiction, involves incorporating techniques such as intentionally directed sequences, animation and/or characters speaking from scripts. He includes in his canon The Kid Stays in the Picture and The Act of Killing. Suggestions?
Pharell interviewed Spike Lee on his YouTube channel. Lee talks about his influences, singling out Gordon Parks, the celebrated African-American photographer, painter, poet and film-scorer. “I was very happy to know (Parks) in his later years.“ Also, his first camera – a Super 8 – was a serendipitous gift from his friend, Violetta. “I didn’t choose film, film chose me.” This is one of the best interviews with Lee out there, especially when he talks about the summer of 1977, which, apparently, had an inordinate influence on the way he sees the world. His take on how the Son of Sam would never, ever have gone on his killing spree in Bed-Stuy in the 1970s was, if not exactly PC, quite hilarious.