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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“Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater—one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen—people he’s never known—with equal intensity—with equal venom. Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God–a God who calls us ALL—His children.”
~ Stan Lee, 1965

“I’m more and more interested in Godard’s idea that not much matters except dealing with the present moment, that when you look at history, you’ve got to refract it through your awareness of the present. I mean, I’m interested in history, and here I am talking about biopics, but I don’t want to run from the present. And the idea of time-travel through CGI feels like a magic trick that might be an evasion of other issues. Besides, I like working with real actors in real spaces. Can’t help it.”
~ Michael Almereyda