Between the holiday swirl and taking care of my two-year-old son while my wife is away for a week, I haven't had the time to post much. I should be able to get back to regular posting in the new year.
In the meantime, here are a few items from the margins of the film world. Artists are making movies again, and not just Julian Schnabel. One film to watch out for is Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait in which the short-tempered soccer star is tracked with 17 cameras during one game in Spain. Zidane debuted at Cannes last May and has already been released in Europe and the UK. No word yet on a US release. Another intriguing project is Shirin Neshat's upcoming adaptation of Iranian novelist Shahrnush Parsipur's Women Without Men, which is set during the Shah's rise to power in 1953.
Closer to home, Dave Kehr reports on the latest set of 25 films to be entered into the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress. Kehr calls it "a typically diplomatic mix of known and unknown entities, and of Hollywood, industrial and avant-garde films." Among the films honored this year: a 1916 effort by a Chinese entrepreneur and Blazing Saddles.
PopMatters has a list of the ten best Criterion releases of 2006. Pandora's Box was named the second best DVD release of the year, while Krsysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique came in at number four. Both films star my two favorite actresses, Louise Brooks (Pandora's Box) and the radiantly beautiful Irene Jacob (Veronique--pictured above).