1. REVERSE SHOT. This critical film journal started by a bunch of friends who also hold respectful day jobs in the specialty film sector reads like an edgier, less reverent version of Film Comment. Published bi-monthly on the Web (www.reverseshot.com) and in a small print run, Reverse Shot is both unabashedly arty yet unpretentious, with a critical vigor reminiscent of the early days of Cahiers du Cinema.
3. NETWORK THEORY. From the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game to the artwork of Mark Lombardi, network theory is everywhere. Now comes word that software programs applied the theory to process the information that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile, a decades-old conspiracy theory comes with a new twist: that bin Laden has been evading the U.S. by using a bootleg version of the Promis software used by the Justice department.
6. BLUEBERRY. Miramax has let Jan Kounen's debut feature Dobermann rot on its shelves for several years now. Let's hope for a better fate for the Dutch-born director's new film Blueberry, based on the cult French comic book. We've had classic westerns, revisionist westerns and spaghetti westerns. Now, from the looks of it, Kounen has created the first psychedelic western. Check out the trailer at www.blueberry-lefilm.com.
8. IMMORTALITY. The faithful among us have never had to worry about eternal life, but lately heathens too have gotten into the act. The New York Times reported that a prestigious yearly gathering of experimental researchers chose immortality as this year's topic. Anticipating the Social Security drain, the President's Council on Bioethics is also studying the issue, pointing out, "Only aging and death remind us that time is of the essence."