Sunday Reads: 11th November 2012

Mickey Mouse – Jedi knight? I never thought I’d say this, but bring it on David Mitchell weighs in on the recent purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney.

The last of Louise Glenn Kenny on Louise Brook’s final film.

Spooktacular Halloween Case File #27: Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Nathan Rabin tackles the much maligned sequel to The Blair Witch Project.

I Was Rescued From Iran – It wasn’t like the movie. Mark Lijek, one of the six Americans rescued from Iran, discusses Argo and what really happened at Slate.

…which provoked this piece by Matt Singer – ‘Argo’ Is Totally Inaccurate – Which Is Exactly Why It’s Great

…which led to a response from Forrest Wickman at Slate – Why Argo’s Inaccuracies Matter

…to which Matt Singer then replied with From the Wire: Debate Over Its Inaccuracies Keeps ‘Argo’-ing

I really do love the way that the internet allows for this back and forth between critics.

Apple, Samsung, Google and the smartphone patent wars – everything you need to know

It Stands to Reason, Skeptics Can Be Sexist Too Rebecca Watson on the sexism she has encountered in the skeptic community.

Exposing Nudity Double Standards in ‘The Sessions’ Matt Singer investigates the lack of male nudity in The Sessions, something that struck me as a poor choice when I saw the film at this year’s London Film Festival.

RZA on his new film and the 20th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Is film dead? Of course not – it’s more alive than old critics trying to bury it.  Whilst all the pieces declaring film to be dead have been pretty tiresome, the pieces that have fought back have been a pleasure to read. Here’s another one, this time from Tom Shone.

Tim Robey recommends… A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Tim Robey showers entirely worthy praise on one of the greatest films ever made.

How ‘Vamps’ Showcases the Importance of Women Friendships Amy Heckerling’s Vamps doesn’t entirely work but Stephanie Rogers at Bitch Flicks makes a good case for what Heckerling does get right.