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Review: Detroit (no spoilers)

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One of the excellent things about this film is that while non-blacks cannot fully feel the black experience of America, anyone can understand and identify with the experience of this group of victims under the control of that small number of law enforcement officers gone rogue. The threat of state authority is alive and unwell in countries all over this planet, enforced against and abused by people of all races, religions, genders, and ethnicities.

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The Weekend Report

Weekend Estimates 2017-07-23 at 9.32.20 AM

The harbor town of Dunkerque provided filmmaker Christopher Nolan with a heady landing base as his Dunkirk topped weekend viewing with an estimated $50.6 million launch. Also bowing powerfully was the bawdy Girls Trip with $30.4 million. But it was just OK results for the third national newcomer,Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which ranked fifth in the lineup with $17.1 million.

Exclusives were led by indie comedy Landline with a solid start of $51,400 from four dial-ups.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Friay Esitmates 2017-07-22 at 10.00.40 AM

Dunkirk storms the beaches, overperforming with a sure IMAX $ push. Girls Trip, the fifth comedy released this summer, has a better opening day than the first two days of any other summer comedy. And Valerian opens softly, with almost the exact opening as The Fifth Element (1997). And opening over $10k per screen on four, Landline.

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The Gronvall Report: CITY OF GHOSTS and Citizen Journalist Abdelaziz Alhamza

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The DVD Wrapup: Resident Evil, Buster’s Mal Heart, Free Fire, Tommy’s Honour, Stormy Monday, T.J. Hooker … More

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Review: Dunkirk (spoiler-free)

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The Weekend Report

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“To everyone who came to a screening or sat down for an interview or transcribed my rambles: Thank You. Having been able to do this is a luxury. A luxury that wears me out and makes me hate myself sometimes, but still: small price to pay for getting to do it in the first place.”
A Ghost Story‘s David Lowery Simmers Down At The End Of The Press Tour

NY Times

“The Sun-Times also has a burdensome $25 million-a-year contract with tronc to print and distribute the paper, which the new ownership group has said it will honor.”
New Owners Of Chicago Sun-Times And Reader Outline Ambitions

NY Times

“The word ‘erasure’ comes up frequently in the criticism, and it’s neither new nor unfounded.”
Sopan Deb Compares His Experiences To The Big Sick

“I was able to do my shit here,” David Ayers said. “I was able to tell my fucking story. I was able to do my thing.”
Netflix In Thick Of Genre Pics

“There are actors who have beautiful eyes, dramatic eyes, fantastically soulful eyes, and then there are actors who have eyes that burn with such multifarious fires that you somehow both know exactly what those eyes are saying and yet have no idea. Eyes that reveal and eyes that hold secrets. Those eyes could be tricking you: they could be harbouring depths of misery, sleepless nights of guilt, yearning or sadness, or they could be sleeping soundly, comfortable with their icy, sociopathic treachery.”
Kim Morgan Rhapsodizes Martin Landau

NY Times

“Like all of Ms. Bigelow’s previous feature films, this new one is also as informed by the radical aspirations of conceptual art as it is by the techniques of classical Hollywood cinema.”
Manohla Dargis‘ 2009 Kathryn Bigelow Profile


“Charles Dickens, on the other hand, makes me throw up. Whence and whyfore his place in English letters? He was a penny-a-liner, not that there’s anything at all wrong in that. I write for money, too.”
David Mamet Has Spoken

“It didn’t have a lot of dialogue. It didn’t need any of the dialogue because it told the story visually and it was so real. I was in those little boats picking them out of the water… We can fly to the moon but we still do stupid things.”
97-Year-Old Dunkirk Veteran, Calgary’s Ken Sturdy, Is Impressed 


“Remember, I’m someone who got fired from Disney and eight days later started the first studio in 65 years with two of the most brilliant, successful people in the history of the entertainment business, doing something everyone said was somewhere between improbable and impossible.”
Jeffrey Katzenberg Says He Will Revolutionize “Mobile Content”

“Nolan is a skillful, stylish storyteller, capable of combining the spectacle of Spielberg with the intellectual intricacy of Nicolas Roeg or Alain Resnais and no less fanatically adored in his own way than any boy-band member.”
Ryan Gilbey Observer-Profiles Christopher Nolan

“I’m so used to making do with so little I am giddy with the plenty, the opportunity for a different kind of vision that this more opulent canvas offers me.”
Maggie Greenwald On Episodic Vs Indie Features

“The really clever people used to do film. Now, the really clever people do television. I’d been feeling, in the film world, that if you come up with ideas, and you share them, the first concern is: how is the audience going to react? Cinema in Australia and NZ has become much more mainstream. It’s broad entertainment, broad sympathy. It’s just not my kind of thing. As a goal, to make money out of entertaining doesn’t inspire me. But in television, there is no concern about politeness or pleasing the audience. It feels like creative freedom.”
Jane Campion Converts

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“There’s a mass belief that if you’re texting, you’re somehow not interrupting the conversation—you’re not being rude. It’s an illusion of multitasking. I started filmmaking when people didn’t expect to have a phone on set, when it would’ve been seen as unprofessional to pull out a phone. Phones have become a huge distraction, and people work much better without them. At first it causes difficulty, but it really allows them to concentrate on what they’re doing. Everybody understands. I’ve had a lot of crews thank me. With a set, we’re trying to create a bubble of alternate reality.”
~ Christopher Nolan

“I’ve always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it’s the right approach for this experiential film. Many of the filmmakers I’ve admired over the years have used sound in bold and adventurous ways. I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue. Clarity of story, clarity of emotions—I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal—picture and sound.”
~ Christopher Nolan