Movie City Indie Archive for October, 2009

The Girl and her Cat, Lumière brothers

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The Serpentine Dance (1899), Lumière brothers

2012 or 2009?

“Film director, motion graphics designer and Art Center College of Design alumnus, Theo Alexopoulos, takes you on a visceral journey through the USGS ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario.” Nice work, dude. I can say that from thousands of miles away.

Gay Talese on getting drunk at the New York Times

2012 roadblock

In short, “Spinning toycars convulsive tectonic infarction amandapeet teeth pudgycusack 911-2012 freefloating anxiety”

Two October photo shows: "Far. And Near."

Far. And Near.

Two photo shows start this weekend in Chicago: a selection of Chicago scenes by night [left], “Far” and smaller, more intimate portraits, including Michel Gondry, Emir Kusturica and Quentin Tarantino’s mouth, “Near.” Details including addresses, etc. at Far. And Near. [Larger image here.]

Mike Royko's 1987 Chicago Tribune commercial: "A great city deserves a great newspaper"

Movies that won’t be made, stories that will be embroidered, characters not to be repeated. Wouldn’t it be great to read 800 words a day, five days a week from Royko, about Chicago’s grasp for Olympics 2016? Below: Scott Jacobs’ 1982 short interview, Royko at the Goat.

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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