Wednesday’s specals:

President of this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury… Wong Kar-wai!
Fantastic. This should make for some very interesting choices. Can’t wait to see who else is on the jury. (Thanks, Opus, for the link.)

No more Pedro the Lion. Please welcome… David Bazan!
It was bound to happen. Bazan’s dropped the band name, officially declared himself a solo artist.

Peter Chattaway and Roy Anker post contrary top ten lists at Books and Culture
I like titles on both lists. I especially appreciate Chattaway’s insistence on personal favorites (Dear Frankie at #1! Wow!) rather than merely rearranging the ten titles popping up on almost every other critical list. Anker’s list is good too, although it looks you’ll impress him if your movie is a) political and b) left-leaning. And I think he’s being far too kind to Chronicles of Narnia.

Which cut of Malick’s The New World do you want to see?
It hasn’t opened wide, and it sounds like Americans won’t get to see Malick’s original cut until it reaches DVD. This has me considering whether or not I should consider The New World to be a 2006 release. (And, frankly, I may have to reconsider Kingdom of Heaven‘s director’s cut as a 2006 film, since it’s supposedly so drastically different than the theatrical film.)

The trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s new film:
Pan’s Labyrinth.

David Poland on “Horror Porn”
Hostel is apparently too hostile.

“The Dude” reviews A Scanner Darkly
This movie tops my list of films I can’t wait to see in 2006.

Village Voice praises Fateless
Let’s face it. There will never be an end to good movies about the Holocaust. And perhaps this is a good thing. While those evils can never be undone, many of the stories set in that context will continue to reveal the effects and the origins of such evil, and hopefully instill in more and more audiences around the world the reason why ideologies as dangerous as Hitler’s must be resisted.

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