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The DVD Wrapup: Escobar, Manglehorn, People Places Things, Pee-wee… and more


In Andrea Di Stefano’s intense revisionist biopic, Escobar: Paradise Lost, we’re led to believe that his generosity toward the citizens of Medellin didn’t necessarily extend to a Canadian surfer dude who couldn’t help himself from falling in love with Escobar’s niece.

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Review: Bridge of Spies (spoilers)


Spielberg is telling us, right up front, that people willing to give up liberty for safety deserve neither. But then it turns out there is a second Tom “Everyman” Hanks movie coming. And it’s not particularly subversive.

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The Weekend Report

There were clear skies for The Martian with a debut estimated at $54.4 million. The only other launch in wide release was the expansion of the drug opus Sicario that scored third with $11.7 million. In limited wide release in IMAX, The Walk grossed a disappointing $1.5 million. Among encouraging freshmen, teen Nobelist doc My Name is Malala petitioned $57,100 at four; Jafar Panahi’s third film while under Iranian sanction, Taxi, grossed $18,300 onat two journeys; gay rights drama Freeheld with $38,300 from five screens; and German Oscar submission Labyrinth of Lies took $20,500 at three sites.

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Friday Estimates

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The DVD Wrapup: The Connection, Aloft, Duke of Burgundy, Patricio Guzman and more

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The Weekend Report

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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“When Amazon Dies: What Will Happen To Digital Collections Of Books, Movies And Music When The Tech Giants Fall?”
A Modest Provocation From Adrienne Lafrance

“’I don’t recognize this person at all,’ Sir Jonathan said. While admitting he had not seen the movie himself, he had discussed it with mutual friends of Jobs who had.”
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive Says Steve Jobs Hijacks Steve Jobs’ Legacy

“I would have had a chance to kiss Marilyn Monroe—you think about that for a minute.”
From The Forward, “Why Billy Wilder Called Jerry Lewis A Shmuck”

“I could only hope to create something with an ounce of the bravery and cinematic urgency that her films possess. She was one of my biggest cinematic heroes. This loss feels spectacularly present.”
Filmmaker Robert Greene On Chantal Akerman, His Greatest Influence

“‘Something is rotten in the state of Denmark’: now, that really works in Kashmir.”
Past B’wd, India Gets Indie-Serious

NY Times

“We allowed the weather to change the content. If it started snowing, we would not stop shooting.”
Mekado Murphy Skypes The “Painterly” Hou Hsiao-Hsien In Taipei For The Assassin

“You know, it’s Punisher, a thrasher B-movie, and for that, as nobody else could, he gave me the best compliment, by saying it was ‘one of the best-made bad movies [he’d] seen.’ Which is exactly what it was supposed to be.With Punisher: War Zone, I expected him to just tear the movie apart like an upper class critic, but he didn’t. He knew film. I wonder if we’ll ever have anyone like that again.”
Filmmaker Lexi Alexander Praises Roger Ebert On RogerEbert.Com In Wide-Ranging Chat

indie wire

“I love when people say, ‘Is it true that you had an affair with all of your leading ladies?’ I said, ‘You think that’s true? I worked with Agnes Moorehead…She grabbed me a couple of times!’”

“Chantal was direct, tough, and emotionally extravagant. She was small in stature but she commanded a room with her fatigued stance, her grand and sometimes wicked smile, her wild rough-grained voice, and her eyes. The eyes had it. I’ve rarely looked into a pair of eyes so bewitching.”
Kent Jones Remembers Chantal Akerman

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“I run a movie for myself the first time, and if I can forget I had anything to do with the picture, and I’m halfway through the movie and I’m just the audience, then that is my litmus test for a film working. It doesn’t mean it’s going to work for anybody outside of myself, but when I lose the aesthetic distance between the screen and where I’m sitting, the first time I run a picture that I’ve directed for myself, if I’m aware to the very end that I’m the director, and all I can do is find things to fault, then I know I have my work cut out for me. And I have to roll up my sleeves and fix everything. But when I can watch a movie and I can forget that I made the movie, that’s the first sign that I’m going to be pretty happy with it, that I’m going to be able to live with it.”
~ Steven Spielberg On When He Thinks A Movie Is Working

“I was brought up on newspapers. I love newspapers. I love old-fashioned newspapers, but today I read them on the Internet because of time. And in New York, I read the morning papers, then I read the London papers on my iPad. But entertainment is very important. With broadband coming, everything is changing. People now spend four or five hours on their iPhones, their smartphones, which is changing the world totally. I found it with my young children. They are on their iPhones while they are watching television, doing two things at once. The fact that now we have 2.5 billion people with smartphones, with access to knowledge all over the world, with access to each other, government is going to change, the world is going to change. And it’s going to change very fast. We’ve only had smartphones for eight years, and now we have 2.5 billion of them. In another eight years, we will have 5 billion. The whole world will be on them… If newspapers have opinions, if they are really well-written, if they’re very reliable, people will pay for them. Then they are viable. We found [that] with the Wall Street Journal. You have newspapers on the Internet which are so good people will pay for them. There are people who steal things, rewrite them and put them out, like Google, but they are not reliable at all.”
~ Rupert Murdoch