Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Indie Movies, The End of Car Culture?, The Night Sessions)

In today's edition:

* Jonathan McCalmont review of the slacker comedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home. His look at this latest entry in a now two decade old subgenre is an unfavorable one (he dubs the film "possibly the most generic . . . ever made"), but is an interesting extension of his long-running critique of the state of American indie filmmaking.

* Paul Eisenstein at Autoblog on what may be the decline of the car culture as a more urbanized, eco-conscious, beggared - and "virtual contact"-inclined - younger generation shows less interest in becoming drivers. Eisenstein's piece spends far too much of its length channeling the worries of automakers about the implications for their sales, but the phenomenon is an interesting one - and perhaps a hopeful one as well given the awful mess the car culture has helped make of everything from the American cityscape to the planetary climate.

* Paul McAuley's review of Ken Macleod's The Night Sessions for the L.A. Review of Books, which appeared in Britain back in 2008 but has only recently been published in the U.S..

Paul Kincaid and Last Year's Best
9/17/12
New and Noteworthy (The Electronic Frontier, Jonathan McCalmont, Strange Horizons)
2/25/12
A Fragment on Indie Film
10/18/11

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