Movie City Indie Archive for December, 2008

On the dawn of a new year

Morning

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QT's got a title and a release date: Inglourious Basterds opens August 21……

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… of 2009. Wow! From the PR: “December 31, 2008 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Universal Pictures announced today that Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic, Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, will open domestically August 21, 2009. The announcement was made by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of TWC and David Linde, co-chairman of Universal Pictures who are partners in the film. TWC and Universal are co-financing and co-presenting the film with TWC handling domestic distribution and Universal handling international distribution. International release dates will be announced shortly.”

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New Year's Wishes from Bioshock

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Why don't most guests challenge bullies on tee-vee?



And why do dottily condescending bullies get the nice salaries? “Well, Chief…” Former Congressman and seven-second-delay morning chat show host Joe Scarborough matches wits with 80-year-oldl Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor to President Carter and father of his co-host, Mika.

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Andy Warhol interviews Steven Spielberg



The chatty young film director is interested in the ghosts on the TV set and talks about swallowing the future. [Courtesy of Warhol Museum, via Interview.]

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The Times Of Harvey Milk (1984)

Streaming at Hulu.

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Ann Savage was 87

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Another piece of Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind?



This clip has been on YouTube for a few months, but a nice surprise on Christmas eve. Improv by Paul Mazursky, Dennis Hopper and a classically annoying Henry Jaglom. An alternate take’s below. Wellesnet gives context of The Other Side of the Wind, including a LOOK piece penned by Welles that could have been penned today: “If there’s gold in this new age, the new director will find it only when he loves the movies even more than he loves himself. A quarter of a century ago, on my own, and free of the crippling restraints of the Hollywood factory system, I managed to make a couple of pictures; the second of these (The Magnificent Ambersons) was seized and sorely mangled by the studio machine. What is surprising is that I lasted as long as I did. In those days, the men behind the desks had no reason to doubt that their authority was fully sanctioned by the public taste The movie industry was making a successful product for a middle-aged, middle-class, middle-brow market. Today, the bosses, such as they are, cannot pretend they know anything about then market except that it is very young. Solution: very young filmmakers in total control of their own work. Like a nervous old lady. Hollywood is suddenly afraid of the traffic. She needs youthful hands to guide her. This trust is rather touching, slightly ridiculous, and very hopeful for the future of American films.” [The last news I’ve read about the status of The Other Side Of The Wind here.]

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Park City past before Park City future

Set


Outside the Racquet Club

Grids

Getting the shot

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IOUSA: the half-hour edit

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Happy indie holidays…

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Indie film blogger road trip



The opening nine minutes of a work-in-progress by Sujewa Ekanayake.

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Polaroid SX-70 promo film by Charles and Ray Eames



Music by Elmer Bernstein.

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The East Village, 1971, shot with 16mm Bolex



From TVDays.

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Manoel De Oliveira is so much younger than that now.

When Manoel de Oliveira was in Chicago three years ago, looking not a day over 75, I had a cold and kept my distance: I didn’t want to be the one who sneezed on a living legend and brought him down. No worries: just turned 100, he’s gotten a $210,000-worth hank of Euros from incentive fund Eurimages for his currently-shooting Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, one of 12 European productions divvying $6.1 million. And for the collector of the rarest of curiousities, the Portuguese stalwart has issued a book of poetry in his hometown of Porto. AFP reports, “It’s a compilation of texts that [he] has written in recent years,” said his publisher Jose Manuel Lello, whose Lello Editores is releasing ‘One Hundred Years, One Hundred Texts’ on Sunday in Oliveira’s hometown Porto. “There are philosophical writings on humanity or science, several poems, and even a story in which he recounts an episode from his childhood,” Lello told AFP on Friday.” The limited edition? One hundred copies.

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch