MCN Blogs
David Poland

By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

BYOB

25 Responses to “BYOB”

  1. kbx says:

    the strange teasers of trailers trend continues with 15 seconds of Oliver Stone’s Savages trailer

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1682446/savages-trailer.jhtml

  2. movielocke says:

    http://www.google.com/movies

    So nowhere in west los angeles is playing Titanic flat? First I tried to find it in Imax (fake Imax at century city doesn’t count). Then I tried to find it flat, and didn’t bring up anywhere. The only place it might not be 3D is in the dome at Arclight, but I don’t really like the curved screen.

    I won’t risk 3D at Arclight again, the active shutter glasses they use turn every movie a jaundiced urine yellow (except for Transformers 3, which forced them to use a different system or supplied DCP for their 3D system that countered the urine color cast of the 3D glasses) Landmark’s 3D is consistently dull with low brightness. Pacific theatres are hit and miss, but I remember it as being painfully dark (darker than even Landmark). AMC is pretty much the same painfulness as Pacific.

    Since it isn’t playing flat anywhere, looks like we may have to miss seeing it. :(

    edit: ahh haha, so I can see it at Arclight Beach Cities at 9:45 AM saturday or sunday, or The Grove at 1:30 on Sunday?

  3. cadavra says:

    Be careful when you click on the home-page link to the DARK SHADOWS soundtrack. Some of the track titles are SPOILERS. DP, you should add a warning. :-(

  4. Paul D/Stella says:

    Just got back from seeing Bully. I’m not ashamed to say I cried more than once. It’s incredibly potent. I do think that because there are so many stories to tell, the filmmakers tried to incorporate too many into 95 or so minutes. Some aren’t given the attention they deserve and left me wanting more. But wow most of it is raw and heartbreaking. And also maddening because too many adults are still sticking their heads in the sand and acting as if exhibiting violent behavior is just a normal part of being a kid and nothing to be overly concerned about. Powerful stuff.

  5. Ray Pride says:

    Thanks for the heads up… yeeks.

  6. SamLowry says:

    Jeebus, sanj, couldn’t find a page with a more irritating animated gif right near everything, could you?

  7. arisp says:

    Lots of kids were bullied when I went to school. I’m very close with a few of them still. They’re fine. This “problem” is a 21st century “epidemic”.

  8. SamLowry says:

    I was told that when my grandfather was bullied in school, he gathered together all the other victims of this gang and they proceeded to beat the crap out of the bullies.

    Problem solved.

    (I, however, didn’t have such a handy support group and had to quietly take it.)

  9. JS Partisan says:

    Kids have been beating the shit out of one another forever and guess what arisp? IT’S ALWAYS HAS BEEN BULLSHIT. Going to school shouldn’t be freaking hellish experience, but assholic kids with shit parents, keep terrorizing good kids all across the country. Seriously, the parents of these little hellions should be held more and more accountable for their kids behaviour.

  10. Paul D/Stella says:

    One kid does point out that when he eventually strikes back against the bullies, they leave him alone.

    And that is really touching arisp. Is it possible that not every bullying experience is the same? When kids are literally strangling and beating a 12-year-old on a bus, every single day, should we just shrug it off as kids being kids? Do we want school administrators whose job is to ensure a safe school environment for all pupils to flat-out ignore kids who say that they are being physically and verbally harassed inside the school building? If your kid was being beaten on the bus, would you have no problem with as Assistant Principal telling you there’s nothing they can do because the last time they rode the school bus all the kids were well-behaved? Just because it’s a new “epidemic” does not mean it isn’t a real problem. Not everything was better in 1953.

  11. leahnz says:

    i’m guessing ‘arisp’ doesn’t have any kids

  12. Paul D/Stella says:

    That seems likely. It really hits home for those of us who do. Alex’s mother summarizes it extremely well, talking about how much faith you put into adults at school responsible for your child’s well-being, and what it feels like when they let you down.

  13. Martin S says:

    Haven’t seen Bully yet, but I’m hoping they acknowledge that it’s not the kids, it’s the system.

    The whole thing is devolving into a penitentiary system to freeze young adults from entering the job market for internships or little pay, which would knock off older, higher paid workers. What we’ve witnessed over the past decades is the domino effect of behaviors and attitudes dropping down the chain.

  14. Paul D/Stella says:

    I think Bully portrays the system and adults as far more responsible than the kids. It conveys that nothing will change if parents and school officials turn a blind eye to it or pretend it’s not a real problem. Countless times concerned parents say school officials tell them it’s just kids being kids or boys being boys.

  15. christian says:

    Yeah, kids get bullied. But now it’s codified by cruel prank and reality shows. And now these bullied kids have greater access to firepower than ever.

    Witness: Oakland.

  16. Smith says:

    The trailer for Savages is pretty great. Overheated Oliver Stone/Tony Scott-style mayhem.

  17. JKill says:

    I agree, Smith.

    That’s an awesome trailer. It’s now one of my most anticipated for the whole summer. I hope Stone knocks it out of the part. Looks great.

  18. SamLowry says:

    There’s apparently a scene in Bully where an assistant principal wraps up a sit-down with two boys who had been fighting by telling them to shake hands. One boy looks shocked and disgusted while the other is all smiles and more than happy to accept this solution.

    Guess which one is the bully.

  19. Paul D/Stella says:

    Bully Spoilers

    The boy who looks shocked and is reluctant to shake hands is indeed the victim. The other boy has been threatening to stab him and hitting him on the playground, among other things. So the Assistant Principal (who is a moron throughout) suggests he avoid the bully. The kid says he goes out of his way to avoid him, but the bully basically stalks him, follows him wherever he goes. Eventually the Assistant Principal allows the bully to walk away because he extended his hand (with a shit-eating grin on his face) and she proceeds to chastise the victim. She’s a real winner.

  20. cadavra says:

    Hardly a spoiler. In this increasingly hateful and violent nation, more often than not the victim is “at fault.” I’m sure you’ve heard of the Texas high school cheerleader who was ordered by the court to pay damages to the classmate who raped her. Indeed, there’s a bill pending in at least one Southern state that would literally change the term “rape victim” to “accuser.” We’ve created a society where bullying–and worse–is considered acceptable, even admirable, behavior.

  21. Foamy Squirrel says:

    “I’m sure you’ve heard of the Texas high school cheerleader who was ordered by the court to pay damages to the classmate who raped her.”

    Was that the one who was dropped from the team because she refused to cheer for the football player who raped her?

  22. tbunny says:

    “Lots of kids were bullied when I went to school. I’m very close with a few of them still. They’re fine. This “problem” is a 21st century “epidemic”.”

    You could say the same thing about child abuse. Or rape. Times change. Letting kids abuse one another is absolutely indefensible. So is a school system that isn’t safe for kids. It’s not complicated.

  23. christian says:

    Americans often secretly love bullies.

The Hot Blog

Quote Unquotesee all »

“The Motion Picture Academy, at considerable expense and with great efficiency, runs all the nominated pictures at its own theater, showing each picture twice, once in the afternoon, once in the evening. A nominated picture is one in connection with which any kind of work is nominated for an award, not necessarily acting, directing, or writing; it may be a purely technical matter such as set-dressing or sound work. This running of pictures has the object of permitting the voters to look at films which they may happen to have missed or to have partly forgotten. It is an attempt to make them realize that pictures released early in the year, and since overlaid with several thicknesses of battered celluloid, are still in the running and that consideration of only those released a short time before the end of the year is not quite just.

“The effort is largely a waste. The people with votes don’t go to these showings. They send their relatives, friends, or servants. They have had enough of looking at pictures, and the voices of destiny are by no means inaudible in the Hollywood air. They have a brassy tone, but they are more than distinct.”All this is good democracy of a sort. We elect Congressmen and Presidents in much the same way, so why not actors, cameramen, writers, and all rest of the people who have to do with the making of pictures? If we permit noise, ballyhoo, and theater to influence us in the selection of the people who are to run the country, why should we object to the same methods in the selection of meritorious achievements in the film business? If we can huckster a President into the White House, why cannot we huckster the agonized Miss Joan Crawford or the hard and beautiful Miss Olivia de Havilland into possession of one of those golden statuettes which express the motion picture industry’s frantic desire to kiss itself on the back of its neck? The only answer I can think of is that the motion picture is an art. I say this with a very small voice. It is an inconsiderable statement and has a hard time not sounding a little ludicrous. Nevertheless it is a fact, not in the least diminished by the further facts that its ethos is so far pretty low and that its techniques are dominated by some pretty awful people.

“If you think most motion pictures are bad, which they are (including the foreign), find out from some initiate how they are made, and you will be astonished that any of them could be good. Making a fine motion picture is like painting “The Laughing Cavalier” in Macy’s basement, with a floorwalker to mix your colors for you. Of course most motion pictures are bad. Why wouldn’t they be?”
~ Raymond Chandler, “Oscar Night In Hollywood,” 1948

“Film festivals, for those who don’t know, are not exactly the glitzy red carpet affairs you see on TV. Those do happen, but they’re a tiny part of the festival. The main part of any film festival are the thousands of people with festival passes hanging on lanyards beneath their anoraks, carrying brochures for movies you have never and will never hear of, desperately scrabbling to sell whatever movie it is to buyers from all over the world. Every hotel bar, every cafe, every restaurant is filled to the brim with these people, talking loudly about non-existent deals. The Brits are the worst because most of the British film industry, with a few honourable exceptions, are scam artists and chancers who move around from company to company failing to get anything good made and trying to cast Danny Dyer in anything that moves. I’m seeing guys here who I first met twenty years ago and who are still wearing the same clothes, doing the same job (albeit for a different company) and spinning the same line of bullshit about how THIS movie has Al Pacino or Meryl Streep or George Clooney attached and, whilst that last one didn’t work out, THIS ONE is going to be HUGE. As the day goes on, they start drinking and it all gets ugly and, well, that’s why I’m the guy walking through the Tiergarten with a camera taking pictures of frozen lakes and pretending this isn’t happening.

“Berlin is cool, though and I’ve been lucky to be doing meetings with some people who want to actually get things done. We’ll see what comes of it.”
~ Julian Simpson