Sure, Baz’s direction might be heavy handed, but have you seen “Con Air” recently? Do “The Great Gatsby” and “Con Air” belong in the same sentence? No. But one you read in a week or several hours; the other, you gulped down in one 90-minute sitting. There’s a difference there. And when the subject matter at hand is “the great American novel,” you’re going to anger certain people just by filming it.
Where “The Great Gatsby” fails is not in the story but the length. “Gatsby,” as a novel, is easily digested in multiple sitings. Ballpark figure, let’s say this book takes you four hours or so to finish. “The Great Gatsby” is a 150-minute movie trying to squeeze in symbolism the same way sausage is made –- crudely and quickly –- and sometimes it ain’t the prettiest thing. But when the filling is this good, I could care less about how it’s chopped and grounded up. This shoehorning leaves the movie “Gatsby” a bloated mess by design, but not without merit. For those looking for a more formal review: the acting is on point, the direction mostly serviceable, the set design impeccable, the soundtrack unwarranted yet memorable and the casting superb.
The story is superb, too, but then again, it always was. —
In defense of Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’.
I wrote a review of the bad reviews of the new movie about the old novel.
What, one wonders, did Snowden think the N.S.A. did? Any marginally attentive citizen, much less N.S.A. employee or contractor, knows that the entire mission of the agency is to intercept electronic communications. — Edward Snowden is no hero
Snowden did what he did because he recognised the NSA’s surveillance programs for what they are: dangerous, unconstitutional activity. This wholesale invasion of Americans’ and foreign citizens’ privacy does not contribute to our security; it puts in danger the very liberties we’re trying to protect — Why Edward Snowden is a hero
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Last October I quit my job to become a freelance journalist. My new life began on a Monday. I’m a late sleeper, but I read somewhere that writers do their best work in the mornings. So I woke up early, put on some coffee, and cracked open my laptop. I worked on my Hofstadter piece until early Thursday afternoon. On Thursday night I got an unexpected email. It was a job offer, and these were the terms: $150,000 in salary, a $10,000 signing bonus, stock options, a free gym membership, excellent health and dental benefits, a new cellphone, and free lunch and dinner every weekday. My working day would start at about 11am. It would end whenever I liked, sometime in the early evening. The work would rarely strain me. I’d have a lot of autonomy and responsibility. My co-workers would be about my age, smart, and fun.
I put my adventure on hold.
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This is an article about the job market for web developers and freelance writers I’ve seen shared a few times in different ways and you should probably read it.
the conclusion to this article is slightly chilling. because, yeah, when a reasonably tech-literate person can learn enough code in 9 weeks to get a highly paid job, why would you aspire to do anything else?