The latest issue of Sight & Sound magazine was waiting for me when I got in from work on Saturday evening. This September issue lives up to its usual high standards and, for me, maybe exceeds them with several excellent articles.
Inside, you'll find features on Terence Malick's classic feature debut BADLANDS; interviews with Christopher Nolan and Clint Eastwood; a feature on Carl Dreyer and a highly informative piece on the discovery of a print of Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS in Argentina. Tim Lucas has written a terrific piece on Kawamoto Kihachiro, while Brad Stevens follows suit by doing the honours on vols 1 & 2 of THE SATYAJIT RAY COLLECTION. Well worth checking out if you see a copy in your local newsagents.
Earlier today, we watched the closing ceremony from the Beijing Olympics and enjoyed a spectacular finale to a successful 17 days of competition. Congratulations to China for their 1st place in the medals table, and to the USA team for finishing in second place. We were delighted with the efforts of Team GB who finished a more than respectable 4th, and look forward to the games being staged in London 2012. True, the official handing over came as we look to be entering what may well be a long period of economic recession, but we've emerged from far tighter corners so let's tip our hats to Beijing and hope that London will prove every bit as enthralling.