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Wilmington on DVDs: Slumdog Millionaire, Danton, Il Generale Della Rovere and more …

PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW Slumdog Millionaire (Three-and-a-Half Stars) U.K./India; Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire is a dancing, crackling shockwave of a movie, an incandescent

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Wilmington on DVDs: A Secret, Dodes’ka-den, L’Innocente and more … plus, this week’s box set

PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW A Secret (Un Secret) (Three-and-a-Half Stars) France; Claude Miller, 2007 (Strand Releasing) The young French film critic Francois Truffaut used to snipe at the obvious craftsmanship and overt

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Wilmington on DVDs: Synecdoche, NY, Faust and more …plus, this week’s box set

PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW Synecdoche, New York (Three-and-a-Half Stars) U. S.; Charlie Kaufman, 2008 (Sony) Synecdoche (def.): A figure of speech where the whole is used for

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Wilmington on DVDs: Pinocchio, Milk, Happy-Go-Lucky and more … plus, this week’s box set

PICK OF THE WEEK: CLASSICS Pinocchio (Two Discs) (Four Stars) U.S.; Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske 1940 (Walt Disney) When you wish upon a star…. A little wooden-boy puppet named Pinocchio

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Wilmington on DVDs: Australia, Beatrix Potter, and more… plus, this week’s box set

PICKS OF THE WEEK: NEW Australia (Four Stars) (A) Australia/U.K.; Baz Luhrmann, 2008 (20th Century Fox) Over the top it may be, sport, but Baz (Moulin Rouge!) Luhrmann’s visually scrumptious, rousing epic of WW2-era Australia unbound, was one of my favorite movies of 2008.

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up