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Tim Burton’s latest tops Peter Berg’s latest, neither world beaters, but not flops either. And the resurrected Relativity rolls out Masterminds a year later than pallned… and gets a classic Relativity weak reception, even with the promotion of Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to star status (which they don’t have).

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The DVD Wrapup: Blood Simple, Cat People, Shallows, Neon Demon, Sirk X 2, Warcraft, Kamikaze ’89 and more

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Before Blood Simple hit the festival circuit in September, 1984, at Deauville and Toronto, it’s safe to say that Joel and Ethan Coen couldn’t get arrested in this town. On the advice of Sam Raimi, they knocked on doors in Los Angeles, New York, the Twin Cities and Austin, hats in hand, trying to interest someone, anyone in checking out their two-minute teaser for the film. It’s what filmmakers did in the days before Kickstarter. Any money they raised went straight to their headquarters in Texas, where a cinema community was in its infancy and a few dollars went a long way.

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Pride, Unprejudiced: DEKALOG, THE NEON DEMON, CITY OF GOLD

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Made for Polish television for 1988 broadcast, the ten short films of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s glorious masterpiece, Dekalog, are loosely based on the ten commandments, loosely enough that the then-47-year-old filmmaker resisted identifying which installment was based on which commandment

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The DVD Wrapup: Free State of Jones, Beauty & Beast, Bettie Page, Pele and more

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24 Weeks To Oscar: Lots of Festivals, Few Surprises

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“It ignores the conclusions reached by every official investigation: that the accident was the result of multiple errors made by a number of companies.”
BP Pans Deepwater Horizon

“Each time the film deviates from the record, it is to show Transocean in a better light and BP in a worse one.”

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“Some ad guru told me once the two magic words in a company name are ‘New’ and ‘Free.’ ‘’Free’ has got nothing to do with how I want to do my films, so I went with ‘New.'”
Visiting Productive Roger Corman At 90

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“I was falsely accused… I went to court…I was vindicated.  I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here…her family had to deal with that, but as I sit here, an apology is – no. Nat Turner, as a hero, what he did in history, is bigger than me. It’s bigger than all of us.”
Nate Parker On “60 Minutes”
And – Sharon Loeffler Talks About Her Sister

“I feel like I’m surfing, and we’re just in this really flowy state of play. It is called filmmaking because we have a camera there, but it feels a lot more like street theatre, improv, theater games… It’s just so much fun for me. It’s my favorite thing.”
When Chandler Levack Met Jill Soloway

“Nowadays, people are talking about it more. Things either call for things, or they don’t. I remember back when I was a child watching ‘The Brady Bunch’ and they started to get all politically correct, like, OK, let’s have an Asian child and a black — I used to get more offended by that than just — I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies.”
Tim Burton On Casting Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

 

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“This capital increase will enhance EuropaCorp’s ability to produce and distribute English-language films and TV series around the world. We are delighted to further strengthen our close links with Fundamental Films and the booming Chinese market.”
EuropaCorp Sells 28% Stake To China’s Fundamental Films

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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