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Noah Forrest

Frenzy On Column By Noah ForrestForrest@moviecitynews.com

Nomination Autopsy

It’s funny, the night before the Oscar nominations I was remarking to everyone I knew that this would most likely be the first time the Academy didn’t nominate a film for Best Picture that I absolutely detested. I mean, I expected them to nominate a film like The Dark Knight which I wasn’t particularly fond of,…

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My Oscar Ballot 2009

Ever since I was a kid, I made my own ballot of Oscar picks based on the films that I had seen. For some reason, the Academy didn’t take my choices very seriously. But what I think of when I fill out my personal ballot is that there are probably one or two that actually…

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Spring Preview ’09 – Part Two

March 6 Watchmen (Dir. Zack Snyder) I read the graphic novel quite recently; I was worried that if the film wasn’t any good, then the novel would be ruined for me so I wound up reading the thing in an afternoon and found out why the comic was so lauded. Now, my anticipation level is through…

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Peter Buchman Screenwriter of Che

This week Noah chats with Che screenwriter Peter Buchman about working with Soderbergh, researching Che Guevara, and his stalled Alexander the Great project. Listen to Noah Forrest Podcast with Peter Buchman

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Spring Preview ’09 – Part One

Now that 2008 is behind us, it’s time for us to start looking forward to what 2009 might bring us at the multiplex. The period from January to April is generally the weakest period of the year in terms of quality films, but there are usually a few that manage to provide some light in…

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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