MCN Originals

The DVD Wrapup: Cold Pursuit, Valentine, Bosch, Nina, Shape of Now, Big Clock, Yakuza Law, Donna Reed, Unforgotten, Moses, Korea … More

The grieving father tips over the first domino, by killing a few small-time dealers, who, before they die, give up the names of their suppliers. At the top of the ladders are “Viking” and White Bull, who suspect each other of ordering the hits.

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Arms And The Man: A Review Of JOHN WICK 3


Tossed, torn, noosed, dragged, stabbed, shot, shot, crotch-bit, machine-gunned, hand-axed, saber-sliced, face-crushed, shot, burnt, bullied, horse-kicked, catapulted, subjected to sustained knife fracas and shot.

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Worlds of wonder, in ancient China, today’s China, Russia and Nashville.

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The DVD Wrapup: What Men Want, Blaze, Banjos, Bauhaus, Scientology, Lily Chou-Chou, Glass, Grand Duel, George Carlin, Agatha Raison … More

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The DVD Wrapup: Jackie Chan, Dragged Across Concrete, Miyazaki, Khrustalyov, Tarantula!, Bigger, Wire in Blood, Finding Joy

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That Sirkian Someone: An Extended Anecdote About Art, Politics, Melodrama and Movies On His 119th Birthday

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“The film was in post-production for almost three years.”
Malick Returns To Searchlight In $12-$14 Million Deal

“Assayas’ concerns about his attractive but mixed-up women and men remain: but do the hurts and hopes of these bourgeois merchants of art and culture remain of interest now that they are no longer bright-faced newcomers? They think so, in their bruise-tender vanity; so does Assayas.”
Essaying Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction

“Malick, eschewing dialogue for the banal questioning voiceover he must consider his contribution to today’s cinema, concentrates on the clichés: “How simple life was then. No trouble could reach our valley. We lived above the clouds. What’s happened to our country?” I’d estimate there are more clichés per minute than in The Sound of Music.”
Sight & Sound’s Nick James Sighs Also


Traffic For Websites Piggybacking “Game of Thrones” Expected To Crash And Burn

“Plaintiff points to other public statements where he reaffirmed his ownership over Pepe the Frog, suggesting no intent to abandon the character. The dispute is therefore more appropriately left to the jury rather than determined by the Court on summary judgment.”
InfoWars Taken To Trial Over Rights To Matt Furie’s Copyrighted Character “Pepe The Frog”

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“With any character, the way I think about it is, you have the role on the page, you have the vision of the director and you have your life experience… I thought it was one of the foundations of the role for John Wick. I love his grief. For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm. I absolutely relate to that, and I don’t think you ever work through it. Grief and loss, those are things that don’t ever go away. They stay with you.”
~ Keanu Reeves

“I was checking through stuff the other day for technical reasons. I came across The Duellists on Netflix and I was absolutely stunned to see that it was exquisitely graded. So, while I rarely look up my old stuff, I stopped to give it ten minutes. Bugger me, I was there for two hours. I was really fucking pleased with what it was and how the engine still worked within the equation and that engine was the insanity and stupidity of war. War between two men, in that case, who fight on thought they both eventually can’t remember the reason why. It was great, yeah. The great thing about these platforms now is that, one way or another, they’ll seek out and then put out the best possible form and the long form. Frequently, films get cut down because of that curse in which the studio felt or feels that they have to preview. And there’s nothing worse than a preview to diminish the original intent.Oh, yeah, how about every fucking time? And I’ve stewed about films later even more because when you tell the same joke 20 times the joke’s no longer funny. When you tell a bad joke once or twice? It’s fine. But come on, now. Here’s the key on the way I feel when I approach the movie: I try to keep myself as withdrawn from the project as possible once I’ve filmed it. And – this is all key on this – then getting a really excellent editor so I never have to sit in on editing. What happens if you sit in is you become stale and every passage or joke, metaphorically speaking, gets more and more tired. You start cutting it all back because of fatigue. So what you have to do is keep your distance and therefore, in a funny kind of way, you, as the director, should be the preview and that’s it.”
~ Sir Ridley Scott