MCN Originals

20 Weeks To Oscar: Surveying The Board


Interstellar lands this week.

That leaves Unbroken, The Gambler, Selma, American Sniper, A Most Violent Year, Into The Woods, Big Eyes, and Exodus: Gods & Men

That’s a lot of movies, given an already pretty narrow field.

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Larry Gross on the Passing of L. M. Kit Carson

David Holzman's Diary (1968)Directed by Jim McBrideShown: L.M. Kit Carson

Kit Carson’s passing really got me.

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The DVD Wrapup: Le Chef, For a Woman, Canopy, Snowpiercer, Sexina, Sleeping With Fishes, Johnny Thunders, Dorothea Lange … More


In a setup that could have been written by climate-change deniers, Snowpiercer describes what happens after an untested cooling agent – think, Ice-nine from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” – is introduced into the upper atmosphere. In 20 years, it turns what might have been an inconvenient loss of beachfront property into a global catastrophe. Survivors of the freeze-out have been packed on a very special “miracle” train, in which passengers are divided into haves and have-nots, and frozen seas allow access to global destinations. Those in the rear half of the train look has if they had been shoved aboard the 1:10 to Siberia, while the passenger in front enjoy privileges commonly reserved for the ruling elite.

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The Weekend Report

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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Gurus o’ Gold: After New York…

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The Gronvall Report: Theodore Melfi On St. Vincent

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“I can think of no other director who collided politics, character, emotion, fashion and form with the same thorny intensity.”
Filmmaker Tom Kalin on Alain Resnais And His Life of Riley

“I always give money to drug addicts. It is a necessary reprieve. No one stops taking drugs ’cos they’ve not got money–they will steal.”
Lucy Kellaway Lunches With Russell Brand

“It’s an example of Aristotle’s theory of ‘surprising inevitability.’”
“The Bookish World Of Birdman” As Seen By Co-Writer Alexander Dinelaris, Jr.

“Plastic surgery is fake. So is the Hollywood fantasy where women over 40 just don’t exist.”
Amanda Hess Sez Renée Zellweger’s Face Is “Too Real”

“Maybe it’s part of our storytelling that we can identify if there an efficiency to the mission, the search, the consequence, the quest.”
Ever-Cool Canuck Keanu On The Nexus Of Consequence In Storytelling

“I identify as a visual journalist and as an artist. I don’t tend to identify myself as an activist or advocate. In my films, I’m really interested in the world that I document, and so there’s open-endedness, and people can come away with different conclusions.”
Documentarians Astra Taylor And Laura Poitras Talk Citizenfour
And“There are constraints that become blessings. That hotel room is a claustrophobic space where a few people are doing work that will transform everything outside. And then, when we break out, you see the shock waves. But when I first saw the room, my feeling was “White? Really, white?’”

“If your customers pay you quickly, you manage your inventory well, and you’re able to take your time in paying your suppliers, free cash flow can be consistently positive even when net income is not. Which is the kind of business that Bezos and his colleagues have constructed at Amazon.”
Amazon’s Latest Earnings Release Shows It’s All About Cash Flow

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“I wondered how different it would be to write a novel and it’s totally different. It’s very internal. The weird thing about it is that I found that novel-writing was much more like directing than it is like screenwriting. You’re casting it, you’re lighting it, you’re doing the costumes, you’re doing the locations, you’re doing it all yourself as a director would. In screenwriting, you don’t do that stuff. You don’t describe the face of the actor or the character when you’re writing a screenplay because Tom Cruise is going to do it and he doesn’t look like that, whereas in the novel to describe what he is is what he is. The actual act of writing, just like shooting on a set, is a slow slog. It’s going to work every day.”
~ David Cronenberg On Screenplay vs. Novel

“I was fortunate to be in the two big film epics of the last part of the 20th century: Godfather and “Lonesome Dove” on television, which was my favorite part. That’s my “Hamlet.” The English have Shakespeare; the French, Molière. In Argentina, they have Borges, but the western is ours. I like that.”
~ Robert Duvall