Critical Linking: March 23, 2014

More than 35 years after the film’s original release, two clips of lost footage that were cut from Ralph Bakshi’s animated Lord of the Rings have been restored “from the cutting room floor,” thanks to the work of Bakshi’s son, Eddie Bakshi.

Watch Gandalf kick Balrog’s butt.

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Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola is set to direct an “exquisite and painful” live action The Little Mermaid film.

I’d watch that, especially since it’s going to be more Hans-Christian-Anderson-ish and less Disney-ish.

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I asked Dick, the owner, about this peculiar arrangement. Why, for example, was William Faulkner (the Nobel Prize winner in 1949) shelved among the Classics, but Ellen Glasgow (the Pulitzer Prize winner in 1942) shelved among Older Fiction? Was it that men became classics and women just became old? Or, not to make a gender issue out of it, why was Virginia Woolf a Classic, but May Sinclair, who first applied the term “stream of consciousness” to fiction, simply Older?

“I own the store,” Dick said, “so I decide how things are shelved.”

Ugh.

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