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Links of the Week

Posted in Links of the Week by Sam Unsted on June 26, 2011
  • This is from a few weeks back, but to coincide with the second series of Louie, here is a profile of Louis CK from NY Mag. His show seems like its the culmination of the journey he has been on as a comedian in the past few years. The profile details the ins and outs of the ‘Louis CK deal’ he has with FX, by which he has complete, unfettered control over the show and gets no studio notes. On occasion, this means the show goes to places that may not be considered funny by some, but it really is a spectacularly brilliant, insightful, profound and, a substantial portion of the time, ballbustingly funny.
  • If you aren’t already visiting Listverse every day, start now. The following three lists are only a smattering of the brilliant work these guys produce every day, simultaneously fascinating and dryly funny. So, the three for this week, to whet your appetite, are: ‘Top 10 Movies Featuring Prostitution‘, ‘Another 10 Interesting Stories Behind Classical Compositions‘ and ‘Top 10 People Shrouded in Controversy‘.
  • Cool Tools has a list of the best magazine articles ever. This maybe should go in the reads of the week post, but it’s here, so live with it.
  • The trailer for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method looks great. I’m normally repelled by Keira Knightley, but the twin powers of Fassbender and Mortensen have been interested enough already, but here, Knightley looks like the role might end up working for her.
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Links of the Week

Posted in Links of the Week by Sam Unsted on June 19, 2011
  • This AV Club article questioning whether cable TV is still delivering higher quality product than network TV in the US is one I disagree with nearly whole-heartedly, but it does at least make some interesting points about the slight increase in the number of really good network shows at the moment (The Good Wife, Community, Parks and Recreation). The point it appears to side-step though is that there are so, so, sooooo many terrible shows on network TV and the overall hit-rate (in quality terms at least) for the cable shows is way better. Also, the central argument surrounding the quality of network comedy is way off. There are a pile of really good comedies on network TV right now, but the absolute best at the minute, FX’s Louie, is a cable show. Anyway, enough debating. Read for yourself and comment away.
  • Staff at The New York Times Magazine have contributed their own selection of their favourite non-fiction books after The Guardian did the same last week. Probably a little too much to read now but I’m trucking on regardless.
  • I just finished Michael Lewis’ The Big Short and I’m planning on indulging in his Moneyball pretty soon. The trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of the latter book, about the sabermetric approach to creating a successful baseball team used by the Oakland As. The film looks decent enough, with a strong cast and a great director behind it, though the screenplay has had runs over from Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, which is never a great sign. I’m interested though.
  • The Atlantic has a copy of the handwritten draft of the song ‘Dance Music’ by The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle. He then goes on to discuss his songwriting process, which proves particularly interesting given that song comes from their absolute best record, The Sunset Tree.
  • The longlist for the Polaris Music Prize in Canada has also been released. I’m pulling for Tim Hecker and his stunning Ravedeath, 1972, the best album of an already stellar career.

Links of the Week

Posted in Links of the Week by Sam Unsted on June 12, 2011

In addition to the Reads of the Week feature on Saturdays, we’ll be adding a Links of the Week round-up on Sundays. These will likely vary in length but will probably, mostly, be longer than this debut one. First one cometh now.

  • If you have time, help the Guardian sift through the Palin email leak. Thus far, the most¬†inflammatory¬†finding appears to be Palin communicating with disgraced former-BP chief Tony Hayward about the oil giant resuming drilling operations in Alaska a year after it had been involved in another major spill, in Alaska. Mostly though, it’s just another valiant attempt to make absolutely sure that she won’t run for President in 2012.
  • Everyone and their mother has me excited about the new Fucked Up record, David Comes to Life. Pitchfork loves it, Drowned in Sound loves it, the Guardian loves it and The Quietus loves it.
  • New York has an interview with two detectives about the characters on The Killing. That series has veered into some tricky narrative waters and pulled some cliched tricks, but I’m confident it will end up being a memorable show for AMC. Mad Men and Breaking Bad are both astonishing (and I loved Rubicon) and it would be nice to add another one to its bow. The second season, when it can move out of the shadow of the original Danish series will be the crunch point. More on that series when it finishes in just over a week.
  • WTF with Marc Maron’s show with Brian Posehn was one for the canon. Posehn is a great comic actor with plenty of stories anyway, but he opens up to Maron in a compelling manner, ranging from his early days attempting to brand himself as ‘The Piranha’ to his current decision to quit weed and now attempt to shift away from being known as a so-called ‘weed comic’. Not quite as incredible to listen to as the Louis CK or Judd Apatow shows, but definitely one of Maron’s best.
  • Finally, if you even remotely remember Rainbow, this internal Christmas party video from the BBC in 1976 will both amuse you greatly and disturb you deeply…