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The venerable and exceedingly intermittent Plastic Podcast, which has outlived the two blogs with which it was intertwined, and whose audio archives were difficult to ...

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Daily Plastic is a Chicago-based movie blog, a collaboration between Robert Davis and J. Robert Parks, the same pair who brought you the wearable movie tote, the razor-thin pencil pocket, and that joke about aardvarks. If you know the whereabouts of the blue Pontiac Tempest that was towed from the Plastic Parking Lot on the evening of August 7th, 2008, or more importantly if you've recovered the red shoebox that was in its trunk, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Davis was the chief film critic for the late, great Paste Magazine (which lives on now as a website) from 2005 through 2009, and he counts this interview with Claire Denis among his favorite moments. Every once in a while he pops up on Twitter. He's presently sipping puerh in Chicago, even at this hour. Meanwhile, Parks, whose work has appeared in TimeOut Chicago, The Hyde Park Herald, and Paste, is molding unsuspecting, college-aged minds in the aforementioned windy city. Media types are warned to stay clear of his semester-sized field of influence because of the distorting effects that are likely to develop.

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  • Neat: David Bordwell observes that the Coraline animators took an unusual approach to perspective and depth cues. (via Where the Stress Falls)
  • Troubling: New Yorker Films is closing. The loss of this major DVD and theatrical distributor, whose roster is heavy with the work of international master filmmakers, could have a significant impact on what we can see in the States. Related: the history of New Yorker Films was discussed on The Leonard Lopate Show two years ago. (via Long Pauses)
  • Uncertain: Paul Starr gives the difficult problem of newspaper viability a thorough, rigorous examination in The New Republic. Remember that Roger Ebert called the newspaper film critic a canary in this coal mine. But here's another point of view, about magazines, from Cathie Black.

3 Responses to “Elsewhere”

  1. Anindita says:

    While on Coraline, I was wondering if the Daily Plastic gurus had seen Nina Paley's animated film Sita sings the Blues: http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/

    It's hilarious, combines the Hindu epic Ramayana with Indonesian puppet narrators and Paley's autobiographical account set in modern day New York.

  2. Robert DAVIS says:

    Hi Anindita. I haven't seen it, yet, but my friend Doug at Filmjourney has been talking about it for a while, and he recently posted about its availability online for free viewing. I'll have to check it out.

  3. Anindita says:

    Oh, I saw it online on thirteen.org too. NYT reviewed it in the second Feb and I think very few people outside the animated film festival world had heard about it till then.

    Very powerful exercise in subverting copyright laws. I hope Paley makes money though. And I hope you enjoy it.

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