Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day, everyone. Find time to do something positive for humanity, and then check out this week’s clickables.
- First, Guillermo del Toro revealed this week that he will be directing the film adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I think we can all agree that he’s a good fit to help bring the stories and their possibly more terrifying illustrations to life. For some fun imagining upon what del Toro might do in the film, feel free to revisit some of the original artwork from the first Scary Stories book.
- A couple weeks ago, David Ehrlich at Rolling Stone magazine explored why Westerns like The Revenant and The Hateful Eight are still relevant.
- Speaking of The Revenant, the Girls on Film crew took on the truth behind why people say women will hate the film, featuring a discussion that is insightful, funny, and right on.
- In his continuing series of conversations with seminal contemporary filmmakers, the eponymous host of WTF with Marc Maron talked with celebrated writer-director Charlie Kaufman about his life’s work and coming up in Hollywood as a critical darling and at times near literary provocateur, along with his co-director, Duke Johnson, about their new film, Anomalisa.
- In an effort to combat any outstanding popular objections raised against the box office smash it that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, popular YouTube movie reviewer Chris Stuckmann offered his own personally felt rebuttal to anyone who might wish to tarnish J.J. Abrams return to a galaxy far, far away with a well edited send up of the franchise as it has appeared in the past, and why Episode VII succeeds by following the examples set by the original trilogy.
- Next, Laughing Squid has put together an interesting video dissecting why movie trailers have become so repetitive, and give some examples of innovation in a format that sometimes feels incredibly stale.
- Finally, Variety discusses diversity in Hollywood, and how the film industry seems to be decades behind in spite of persistent criticism.
That’s it for this week. Check back next Monday for more of the best movie stuff from the rest of the internet.
Featured Image: The Revenant, 20th Century Fox