Movie City Indie Archive for July, 2009

Trailering Whip It

Jonathan Glazer's latest video, The Dead Weather's "Treat Me Like Your Mother"

Men and women are sometimes known to disagree.

Jack Kerouac reads, with Steve Allen at the ivories

Via Coudal Partners.

A touch of the math: a reporter's wrong timing

Logistics awry followed by giggle…

Making music 'round the world: a video for Sour

SOUR / 日々の音色 (Hibi no Neiro) MV from Magico Nakamura on Vimeo.

Startlingly cute and complex. Directed by Masashi Kawamura, Hal Kirkland, Magico Nakamura and Masayoshi Nakamura. Bon jour, Michel Gondry! [Via Spike Jonze.]

Mary Louise Parker, milk, cookies, bedtime story

[PR] Entitling Michael Moore: Capitalism: A Love Story

Money worldwide
Michael Moore Unveils Title for New Film
Oscar®-winning filmmaker’s October 2nd Release a “Love Story” About Capitalism
(Beverly Hills, CA) July 8, 2009— Capitalism: A Love Story is the newly unveiled title of Oscar®-winner Michael Moore’s latest documentary feature. Overture Films will release the film domestically on October 2, 2009, and Paramount Vantage will handle international distribution. As previously announced, Moore will return to the issue that began his career: the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control profit motives have on the lives of Americans and citizens of the world.
On why he chose to make a ‘love story,’ Moore stated that it was time for him to make a ‘relationship movie.’ “It will be the perfect date movie,” said Moore. “It’s got it all—lust, passion, romance, and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day. It’s a forbidden love, one that dare not speak its name. Heck, let’s just say it: It’s Capitalism.”

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The opening 7:44 of The Hurt Locker


Sets the tone; if you want to see the film fresh from start to finish, get thee to a cinema. {Registration required]

Capturing Reality: The Art of the Documentary

Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary, from Canada’s National Film Board, is a film about contemporary documentary cinema and features leading lights of the field, including Albert Maysles, Errol Morris, Alanis Obomsawin, Michel Brault, Nick Broomfield, Kim Longinotto and Werner Herzog. Thirty-three filmmakers from 14 countries talk about the artistic and ethical choices they make in their craft. While the 97-minute film is on DVD with four additional hours of interview clips, much of it’s available on the neatly-designed website. Here’s Errol Morris on being born to babble, for instance. Here’s filmmaker Nettie Wild on “the first day on the job.”

One more reason it's hard to do satire these days

“That’s not how I’m wired! That’s not how I’m wired to operate! … The world needs more Trigs, not fewer.”

this is 606: a photo exhibition of "chicagoesque" images

Bridge fog
Ten large photographic landscapes of Chicago, or “606,” open Friday, July 3 at The Architrouve in Chicago, 6-9-m. [Location and daily hours through August 2 here.] The set is drawn from the ongoing daily photographic project, “this is 606,” which is here.

Microsoft's bodily fluid ad for IE8

Bug or feature?

Are We There Yet?: 60 creepy seconds from Swedish McDonald's ad

Movie City Indie

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield