Movie City Indie Archive for March, 2010

Robert Culp was 79

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Rock photography great Jim Marshall was 74

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I have seen this photograph on the refrigerators of more women than I care to name. Mr. John Cash at San Quentin… Rolling Stone has more details, pics.

James Cameron on Glenn Beck and other "deniers" and "boneheads"


Rudimentary as delivery systems go—video shot with a Flip camera from a microcassette recorder?—but here’s the Hollywood Reporter’s embed of an answer James Cameron gave at a press day for the Avatar video release.

Alternate Wes Anderson posters by Ibrahim Youssef

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Impossible Project's nouveau Polaroid: DEVELOPING

DSC_2489.JPGToronto Star’s Pete Howell points out a review of The Impossible Project’s first batch of nouveau-Polaroid film. And the answer is… Nope, nope, not quite yet.

The End Of Publishing


Breathtaking. Simple. True? The genesis is here.

Trailering Jan Svěrák's Kuky se vrací (Kuky Returns)


Rough translation: “Kuky Returns is a poetic adventure, a family story in which the main roles are in a children’s fantasy world. “I’ve wanted to make a film in which I could give small details – insect light in leaves, feathers flying, and even I wonder what is happening on the scene when the actors leave. I thought I would change the scale and place the story directly into the microcosm, to make the protagonists small enough that the roots of the tree decorations, light in the atmosphere made raspberry leaves, fuzz was all the props and extras insects naturally,” Sverak says, with the intervention of Google Translate and small gods of serendipitous daffiness. Website (in Czech with pretty pictures). [Via William Gibson.]

Trailering SXSW's Serbian Film

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Happy Birthday, Angelo Badalamenti

Trailering Godard's Socialisme, I, 6 and 2 [updated]


Taking a page from the French trailer for Femme Fatale, an enormous amount of Godard’s latest (but likely not its entirety), sped up to just over four minutes.

From Fabrizio Del Dongo, a poster of the same name, drawn from Stendhal, but on Vimeo, a 90-second edition of the idea.
Below, the original trailer for Socialisme.

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Avatar: advert for paganism?


“The most demonic, Satanic film I’ve ever seen,” or so the triple Tivo-owning pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll, would have you believe about the “Eastern garbage-ism” and “worldliness.”

David Byrne's "Please Don't" video

Writes Byrne, “Here’s the video for the Santigold track “Please Don’t.” We did a photo session for a magazine the other day, and I told the interviewer that on this song, by the time you get to the chorus, she owns it — she’s turned it into a Santigold song. Perfect. There are six of these videos that have been completed for this project. Most, like this one, use news and archival footage to, well, show that every word of the song is true! Most of the lyrics on this one are lifted gently from interviews and quotations — the “please don’t” chorus especially. At some point as first lady, Imelda began to feel that she could help Philippine interests by charming world leaders into seeing things her way. “Handbag diplomacy” she called it — as she liked to imply that to solve a problem, she could bypass President Marcos and just grab a handbag and hop on a plane with some of her assistants. It sometimes worked! There was, for example, an Islamic-backed insurgency rising in the south of the Philippine archipelago, and she thought that a leader in that part of the world, Qaddafi in this case, might help pull the plug on that support if he saw things her way. Apparently he did — the funding stopped and the insurrection lost momentum, and she later described him as a pushover, a mama’s boy.”

The Thai teaser for Ong Bak 3

Mr. Busey keeps on giving


That was unexpected.

Trailering Scorsese's "Boardwalk Empire" HBO pilot

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch