Santa Looks Like Me

Last week I received this awesome gift in the mail, from a man named Rob:

It appeared to be part of a fundraising campaign on this web site (though it looks like you can no longer purchase them anymore, unfortunately--for diversity, there were also white and brown ones available as well). Anywho, why did this man I don't know send me the shirt?

Well, to be brief, this happened last month:

It was a crazy experience, and as I said in my response to Kelly and Fox News, I had no intention of starting such a big to-do about a fictional character. But in hindsight, I'm quite glad I was able to get people talking--and thinking--outside of the norm. That was my true goal throughout it all.

Do Filmmakers Have an Obligation to Stick to the Truth in Fact-Based Films?

That's the question I answered, along with several other contributors, in the New York Times "Room for Debate" forum earlier this week.

A sampling:

When we go to the movies to see a narrative that is “based on a true story,” certain expectations are set up. Audience members instinctively wonder how much of the film is true. Typically, only a small fraction of those viewers will be curious enough to seek out the real details afterward. The rest will likely take the story at face value, unaware of what sprung from the imagination of the filmmakers.

Pitchfork's New Movie Site

Pitchfork has just launched a new site dedicated to movies, with many former editors of The A.V. Club at the helm. The Dissolve looks great, and I'm honored to be a part of that launch--I'll be contributing occasional reviews to the site, and my first one for the sci-fi thriller* Europa Report*, appeared yesterday with the launch. I'll continue to post my reviews here from now on.

In the meantime, check out the website!