11 Mar 2016

Online viewing picks of the week (11 March)

From Widescreen, 11:00 am on 11 March 2016

The best* online video we’ve been watching over the last seven days.

Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson in the Coen Brothers’ Fargo

Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson in the Coen Brothers’ Fargo Photo: NZIFF

The first titles in this year’s NZIFF Autumn Events series were announced last week and they included a chance to see the Coen’s Fargo on the big screen once again, so it was a wonderful moment of serendipity that the latest of Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting series was released at the same time – Joel & Ethan Coen - Shot | Reverse Shot:

Zhou’s work truly is a film school in a box. Your box, the one you are looking at right now.

 

There’s a huge amount to argue with here (and the voiceover is excruciating) but some of these observations are acute. This is Cinefix’s offering of the 10 best opening shots in movie history:

 

Widescreen editor, Dan Slevin, reviews the Coen’s Hail, Caesar! later today but in the meantime Adam Cook surveys some of the film’s influences for Little White Lies:

 

A.O. Scott from the NY Times may not be the best movie critic in the world but he’s in the top one. His new book, Better Living Through Criticism is out in NZ soon but while we wait, here’s Tony (I can call him Tony because he asked me to when I met him - DS) interviewed on PBS for the News Hour. Six minutes about a book on prime time news. Amazing.

 

[*May not be the actual best. We haven’t watched the entire internet. If there’s anything you know of that we’ve missed, let us know at widescreen@rnz.co.nz]

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