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Neil LaBute, What’s Up?/ Paul Newman is Family

What Happened to Neil LaBute? Neil LaBute has never been a filmmaker who shied away from controversial topics. Mostly, he has seemed fascinated by gender in general and, specifically, people’s need to penetrate – both literally and figuratively. In his earlier films, he takes a microscope to the machinations and manipulations of people that are…

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If I Had A Ballot Today

We’re just about nine months into this year and we’ve got the three months ahead of us that are usually best for “awards movies.” This has been a solid, if not exactly terrific, first nine months of the year and I thought it would be nice to honor some of the films and performances we’ve…

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Why Salo Matters Or: How I Managed Not to Vomit and Learned to Love Pasolini

For years, I’ve heard people tell me that Salo would mess me up. I’ve never walked out of a film because I was offended or because I was grossed out, but I’ve been told again and again that Salo would be the film that would really get to me. So I picked up the new Criterion DVD…

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Stu VanAirsdale of Defamer

Listen to Noah Forrest Podcast with Stu VanAirsdale

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Toronto From New York

It would be great to be in Toronto this week, sampling some of the movies that will be released to all the regular folks in the coming months. Alas, I didn’t get a chance to see Che, Burn After Reading, Apaloosa, Me and Orson Welles, The Wrestler, Blindness, The Brothers Bloom, Un Conte de Noel…

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Fall Movie Preview Part II

After the enormous box office success of “Fall Preview – Part I,” it seemed that a Part II was inevitable. So, let’s just pick up right where we left off, shall we? November 7 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Dir. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath) – Inexplicably, we have a sequel to one of the most boring…

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“What Quibi trying to do is get to the next generation of film narrative. The first generation was movies, and they were principally two-hour stories that were designed to be watched in a single sitting in a movie theater [ED: After formats like the nickelodeon]. The next generation of film narrative was television, principally designed to be watched in one-hour chapters in front of a television set. I believe the third generation of film narrative will be a merging of those two ideas, which is to tell two-hour stories in chapters that are seven to ten minutes in length. We are actually doing long-form in bite-size.”
~ Jeffrey Katzenberg

“The important thing is: what makes the audience interested in it? Of course, I don’t take on any roles that don’t interest me, or where I can’t find anything for myself in it. But I don’t like talking about that. If you go into a restaurant and you have been served an exquisite meal, you don’t need to know how the chef felt, or when he chose the vegetables on the market. I always feel a little like I would pull the rug out from under myself if I were to I speak about the background of my work. My explanations would come into conflict with the reason a movie is made in the first place — for the experience of the audience — and that, I would not want.
~  Christoph Waltz