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Gary Dretzka

Dretzka By Gary DretzkaDretzka@moviecitynews.com

Ready or not … Ultra HDTV right around corner

April 24, 2006 LAS VEGAS – There are times when I feel as if I’m the Grim Reaper of Digital Technology. Because part of my job – such as it is – requires me to attend as many industry-related conventions as possible, I’ve not only been able to alert readers to several new digital wonders,…

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Marketing consultants add their 2 cents to debate on critics, and that's exactly what it's worth

April 19, 2006 Just stumbled upon an article in the corner of Forbes.com reserved for “Unsolicited Advice,” under the headline “Freezing Out the Critics.” It was written by Marc E. Babej and Tim Pollak, who, we’re told, are partners at Reason Inc., a “marketing-strategy consulting firm that works with clients in a range of categories,…

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Stop the presses! Newsweek sells soul to 'Da Vinci Code'!

April 17, 2006 In its continuing effort to keep America abreast of all things “Da Vinci Code,” Newsweek has treated its readers to a lengthy “exclusive” preview story; a “Newsweek on Air” panel discussion of the cover story; an on-line Q&A with lead reporter, Devin Gordon; several hundred searchable items on the website it shares…

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Performances by Ejiofor, Bello elevate Easter weekend hopefuls

April 13, 2006 The titles of most of this week’s new movie releases would look every bit as enticing on the marquee of a Pussycat Theater, as the signs informing passers-by of the fare at your local mega-plex. Consider: “Wild,” “Sisters,” “Kinky Boots,” “Hard Candy,” “The Notorious Betty Page,” “La Mujer de mi hermano (My…

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To pay off, 'Hairspray' gamble will require more than Travolta, Latifah and hype

April 10, 2006 LAS VEGAS – In Monday’s New York Times, David Carr interviews John Waters and the co-CEOs of New Line on plans for the 2007 re-adaptation of “Hairspray.” The article does everything, except answer the question it begs: why bother? For those keeping score at home, the Queen Latifah/John Travolta version will be…

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Making sense of wireless at Las Vegas convention

April 6, 2005 LAS VEGAS – Just took a quick stroll around the exhibition floor of CTIA Wireless 2006, one those conventions that couldn’t draw flies a decade ago, yet today attracts nearly 1,000 exhibitors and more than 35,000 attendees from 90 countries. Having covered an alphabet soup of conventions – from NAB and CES,…

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Regarding The Alleged Controversy Over The Dargis Pulitzer Nomination

Dear Mr. Dretzka, A small matter: Where was it “reported” that either I or Ben Brantley “have a beef” with the Times’s nomination of Manohla Dargis for the Pulitzer? Certainly not in the silly Women’s Wear Daily article that appears to be your main source for this blog item. While I can’t speak for anyone…

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What’s up with your people mover shot, where it seems like people are kind of floating along?
Oh, my signature shot? That’s just a new way for people to move! It’s really become my Alfred Hitchcock cameo. I did not invent that shot, but Ernest and I did it on the set of Mo Better Blues, when Shorty had to walk [through the park], and I thought, “Let’s try it.” But after that, we tried to have a reason for it. For example, that wonderful sequence in Malcolm X where you hear the great song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The final scene is like that, Malcolm floating along to his destiny. In 25th Hour, after Philip Seymour Hoffman has kissed Anna Paquin, we did a shot like that, and it shows his state of mind. In Inside Man, after Denzel thinks he’s witnessed the murder of a hostage, we did the floating shot there.

So you just like the way it looks?
Yeah!
~ Spike Lee To Matt Zoller Seitz

“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster