Movie City Indie Archive for April, 2009

The sound of Antwerp

Indie is recuperating

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No comment: Where film criticism belongs

The randomness that is the internets provides this student emanation on “Where Film Criticism Belongs by Sam Watermeier of the Carmel High School HiLite, Indiana. Sounds like the run-of-the-mill blog to me: “Film critics rarely if ever actually make a significant impact on any one film or filmmaker. People need to realize this. Like I was saying earlier, people try too hard to attach a sense of purpose to film criticism. Film hatefilmcritics.jpgcriticism is not supposed to change or influence film. It’s not even really supposed to influence readers because it is not the critic’s job to market films. A lot of critics don’t realize this. Like Peter Travers, they think they are supposed to “sell” films to their readers. Film criticism should be viewed as simply another form of personal expression like poetry or painting. It is ideally meant to be an extremely personal, uncompromising, intimate form of art, yet many critics try too hard to form a relationship with their audience and take on a conversational stlye [sic]. They care too much about other people’s movie tastes and focus on what the audience may or may not like. They don’t own their opinion and these days, their reviews are not introspective enough. Now, I’m not saying I hate film critics. They are my heroes. There are many I admire: Roger Ebert of course, Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly, Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson from the radio show, Filmspotting. However, they are the only critics that really say something with their reviews. They are the kinds of critics I can only dream of being. I worry though that with all these shallow critics around these days and their unfortunately pedestrian views, the field of work I dream of being involved in may be slowly fading away and losing the integrity it once had.”

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Forebears: who's Seth Rogen channeling in Observe and Report?

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Tetro times 2: Gallo on fathers; Coppola on boys



Francis calls in the rocking chair.

Fox's statement about the Wolverine situation

“Last night, a stolen, incomplete and early version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was posted illegally on a website. It was without many effects, had missing and unedited scenes and temporary sound and music. We immediately xx242-x-men_wolverine_007.jpgcontacted the appropriate legal authorities and had it removed. We forensically mark our content so we can identify sources that make it available or download it. The source of the initial leak and any subsequent postings will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law – the courts have handed down significant criminal sentences for such acts in the past. The FBI and the MPAA also are actively investigating this crime. We are encouraged by the support of fansites condemning this illegal posting and pointing out that such theft undermines the enormous efforts of the filmmakers and actors, and above all, hurts the fans of the film.”

Fifth Third Ballpark Burger ought to be a hoax; isn't

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What about replacing Mr. Spacey with another actor? Mr. Plummer, perhaps.
“That would theoretically be fantastic,” Mr. Rothman said he responded. “But I have supervised 450 movies over the course of my career. And what you are saying is impossible. There is not enough time.”
~ Publicizing Sir Ridley’s Deadline Dash

“Would I like to see Wormwood in a theater on a big screen? You betcha. I’d be disingenuous to argue otherwise. But we’re all part of, like it or not, an industry, and what Netflix offers is an opportunity to do different kinds of films in different ways. Maybe part of what is being sacrificed is that they no longer go into theaters. If the choice is between not doing it at all and having it not go to theaters, it’s an easy choice to make.”
~ Errol Morris