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Schoonmaker

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Brazil

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Alan Scherstuhl

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Thirty-Seven 2018 FYC Screenplay PDFS

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Thirty-Seven 2018 FYC Screenplay PDFs

 

“Serious movie buffs are more visible and engaged with the medium than ever before. From Twitter to Letterboxd, discourse on movies percolates in broader, deeper ways unthinkable 15 years ago. While the death of FilmStruck devastated engaged subscribers, committed viewers know how to seek out unique viewing experiences online, in their hometowns, or on the road. The metrics for audience engagement have become too fragmented to assess as a singular entity; cinephilia exists in multitudes. The phone-or-theater debate is a giant red herring: Theaters will survive the next decade, even as they become a more rarified option. Whether or not they remain the ideal outlet runs secondary to what moviegoers choose to watch at all.”

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

“Serious movie buffs are more visible and engaged with the medium than ever before. From Twitter to Letterboxd, discourse on movies percolates in broader, deeper ways unthinkable 15 years ago. While the death of FilmStruck devastated engaged subscribers, committed viewers know how to seek out unique viewing experiences online, in their hometowns, or on the road. The metrics for audience engagement have become too fragmented to assess as a singular entity; cinephilia exists in multitudes. The phone or theater debate is a red herring: Theaters will survive the next decade, even as they become a more rarified option. Whether or not they remain the ideal outlet runs secondary to what moviegoers choose to watch at all.”

“We started with a lot of details—what would be on the table where they eat, or what the children would be playing with in free time. From that, we would build everything up. It was a delicious process. What was beautiful was that from the moment we started to talk, Alfonso had made an exercise of memory for a long time, so he had a lot of strength in that muscle. But then after the conversations that he had with his family, those memories got stronger, and changed and evolved.”

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

“We started with a lot of details—what would be on the table where they eat, or what the children would be playing with in free time. From that, we would  build everything up. It was a delicious process. What was beautiful was that from the moment we started to talk, Alfonso had made an exercise of memory for a long time, so he had a lot of strength in that muscle. But then after the conversations that he had with his family, those memories got stronger, and changed and evolved.”

Christoph Huber On Burt Reynolds, “Neglected Filmmaker”

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Christoph Huber On Burt Reynolds, “Neglected Filmmaker”

Vanity Fair Cover-Stories Laura Dern

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Vanity Fair Cover-Stories Laura Dern

“Guardians Of Chicago’s Uptown Theatre Fended Off Fires, Rainwater, Rodents, Vandals, Thieves and Squatters”

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

“Guardians Of Chicago’s Uptown Theatre Fended Off Fires, Rainwater, Rodents, Vandals, Thieves and Squatters”

Richard Lorber on Building a Sustainable Home for Classics of the Past and Future at Kino Lorber

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Richard Lorber on Building a Sustainable Home for Classics of the Past and Future at Kino Lorber

Albert Einstein

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Netflix bird box challenge

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Bob Einstein

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Anthony Hopkins

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Directors Tackle Motion Smoothing

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

“Watching a film with motion blur is heartbreaking because it looks like moving plastic sludge. Digital has plasticity even at the top end [that] we’re all working to break it down or to add texture. So we shoot with old lenses. But the worst thing of all is just intuitively, if you aren’t a tech person, and you just happen to watch something, experientially and emotionally there is an alienating effect. It’s diminished in its power to reach you. To me, that’s the biggest heartbreak of all—audiences are being duped. Other forces have taken over and are not addressing the fundamental issue of maintaining quality.”
Directors Tackle Motion Smoothing

On New Year’s, Long Day’s Journey Into Night grossed $38.81 million in China.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

On New Year’s, Long Day’s Journey Into Night grossed $38.81 million in China.

“Nearly all superhero movies glorify wealth, aristocracy and/or monarchy, militarism, unilateralism and rightwing fantasies about criminality. You might object to this harsh critique of America’s most beloved (and profitable) film genre. After all, aren’t these films little more than harmless summer popcorn movies? Not really. Superhero films are billion-dollar spectacles and marketing bonanzas, with spin-offs, product tie-ins, video games and toy lines. Impressionable children come to identify with the archetype of the ultra-unique, mercenary hero, unilaterally deciding what is right and wrong. Just as worryingly, some children and adults are only exposed to global politics by what happens within the confines of action films.”

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

“Nearly all superhero movies glorify wealth, aristocracy and/or monarchy, militarism, unilateralism and rightwing fantasies about criminality. You might object to this harsh critique of America’s most beloved (and profitable) film genre. After all, aren’t these films little more than harmless summer popcorn movies? Not really. Superhero films are billion-dollar spectacles and marketing bonanzas, with spin-offs, product tie-ins, video games and toy lines. Impressionable children come to identify with the archetype of the ultra-unique, mercenary hero, unilaterally deciding what is right and wrong. Just as worryingly, some children and adults are only exposed to global politics by what happens within the confines of action films.”

James Quandt on “China’s Lower Depths”: Wang Bing’s Dead Souls

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

James Quandt on “China’s Lower Depths”: Wang Bing’s Dead Souls

Don Lusk, 105, Last Disney Animator Of Golden Age

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Don Lusk, 105, Last Disney Animator Of Golden Age

O. G. Condescends To Barack Obama’s Year-End Movie List In A Florid, Perfervid 980 Words

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

“Obama, I guess, is the film fanatic as supremely tuned-in connoisseur, but is he really that much of an artisanal purist? It’s a bit strange to peruse Obama’s list for a glimpse of what’s inside his heart and mind, only to be confronted by the hive mind of the cinephile-industrial complex. Maybe that’s just who he is, but if you accept the list as Obama’s own, what it reveals about him is that he’s a man who instinctively focus groups his own taste to within an inch of its life.”
O. G. Condescends “A Bit” To Barack Obama’s Year-End Movie List In A Vengeful Frenzy Of 980 Words