Movie City Indie Archive for November, 2009

A deep thought from graphic novelist Warren Ellis…

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From the writer of “Crooked Little Vein,” a print-on-demand experiment with seven years of random scraps, bits and bobs, entitled “Shivering Sands.”

The Matrix, a film by Charlie Chaplin



Russian television satirists imagine a silent-era Matrix. Via Boing-Boing.

OnePiece: Richard Curtis on happiness


A one minute summa from writer-director Richard Curtis on why his films, including Love Actually Pirate Radio, don’t shy from happiness.

[PR] Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards 2009

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The Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the premiere confabs for documentarians to meet, announce the 2009 Award winners: “Hosted by filmmakers Roger Graef OBE and AJ Schnack, six awards were presented: the Sheffield Green Award, the Wallflower Press Student Doc Award, the Sheffield Innovation Award, the Sheffield Youth Jury Award, the new Special Jury Award and also, presented for the first time, the Sheffield Doc/Fest Inspiration award, which went to filmmaker Adam Curtis. The Sheffield Green Award honours the documentary from the Doc/Fest programme which best addresses major environmental challenges, such as global warming. The award went to The Blood of the Rose, directed by Henry Singer. The film investigates the life of filmmaker and conservationalist Joan Root.
The Sheffield Innovation Award honours a documentary which exhibits originality in approach to form and delivery of its story. The award went to LoopLoop, directed by Patrick Bergeron. The film combines images, sounds and encounters captured on a train journey through Vietnam. An Innovation Special Mention went to The Big Issue, directed by Olivia Colo and Samuel Bollendorff. The Big Issue invites users to confront the multiple factors causing the modern obesity epidemic.

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When Lars von Trier met Max Fischer…

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A doodle by designer and drummer Sam Smith. His giant-cat motif in this poster for the Japanese film House is actually inspired; he’s been doing it a while for Nashville’s arthouse, The Belcourt.

Bruno's scissored La Toya Jackson scene



Posted as a promo for the upcoming homevideo release.

Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman


Jason Reitman, Peninsula Hotel, Chicago, 3 November 2009.

#unseenprequels: another Twitter meme

_44968458_twitter.gifI’m amazed when Twitter memes break out overnight and it’s late late late on some coast and a flurry of a dozen or more rush from the fingertips of a single writer. Although I was tempted by #unseenprequels to suggest “Jason Reitman’s Stalled On The Tarmac,” “The Blastocysts Karamazov” and “When Harry Stared At Sally’s Neck.”

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“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

“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant