DAILY | Best Web Videos of 2012, John Ford, and More

16 contributors to Sight & Sound write up the best online video works of 2012.

The Quiet Man

Bomb‘s posted Museum of the Moving Image curator David Schwartz’s conversation with Joana Preiss, which took place when her Siberia, a chronicle of the end of her relationship with Bruno Dumont, screened during last month’s First Look series.

For Girish Shambu, “the factor that played the biggest role in the deep affinity I developed with teen movies had to do with my cinephilia: specifically, the continuity I felt, on multiple levels, between American teen films and the movies that gave birth to my passion for cinema in the first place—1970s Hindi popular cinema.”

“The most intriguing recent experiment with the form and effectiveness of silent cinema occupies the whole second half of Miguel Gomes‘s strange and beautiful Tabu (2012),” writes Tom von Logue Newth for frieze. Also: Dahlia Schweitzer on Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer (1997).

For New York, Boris Kachka talks with Jesse Eisenberg about The Revisionist, a play he’s written and co-stars in with Vanessa Redgrave.

DVD/Blu-ray. “Coincidence brings the simultaneous release of superb new Blu-ray editions of two of John Ford‘s finest non-westerns, his 1941 How Green Was My Valley from Fox Home Video, and the 1952 Technicolor fantasy The Quiet Man from Olive Films,” writes Dave Kehr. “The two films are as thoroughly complementary as if they had been designed as a diptych—or perhaps it simply goes without saying that every single film by Ford speaks to all the others.” His New York Times review is here. More on Green from Eric Henderson at Slant (3.5/5).

Criterion’s posted Geoff Andrew‘s essay on Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s The Kid with a Bike (2011).

In other news. Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stellan Skarsgard, Connie Nielson, Willem Dafoe, and Udo Kier, won’t be ready for Cannes, reports Jorn Rossing Jensen at Cineuropa, but as Mark Olsen reports in the Los Angeles Times, Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights.

Roger Deakins has won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in the feature film competition for Skyfall.

Obit. “John Kerr, a Tony winner and the star of the films Tea and Sympathy and South Pacific, died suddenly after a short illness on Feb. 2,” reports Variety. “He was 81.”

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