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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“With every table in the dining room occupied and me, the only waiter, neglecting the needs of a good fifty patrons, I approached Roth. Holding out Balls as a numbness set into the muscles of my face, I spoke. “Sir, I’ve heard you say that you don’t read fiction anymore, but I’ve just had my first novel published and I’d like to give you a copy.”

“His eyes lifting from his iPhone, he took the book from my hands. He congratulated me. Then, staring at the cover, he said, “Great title. I’m surprised I didn’t think of it myself.”

“These words worked on me like a hit of morphine. Like two hits. It felt as if I was no longer the occupant of my own body. The legs had gone weak, the ears warmed, the eyes watered, the heart rate increased rapidly. Barely able to keep myself upright, I told him, “Thank you.”

“Then Roth, who, the world would learn sixteen days later, was retiring from writing, said, in an even tone, with seeming sincerity, “Yeah, this is great. But I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”

“I managed, “It’s too late, sir. There’s no turning back. I’m in.”

“Nodding slowly, he said to me, “Well then, good luck.”

“After which I went back to work.”
~ Julian Tepper

“Any form of physical or sexual assault is a very serious matter, potentially a legal matter. But I’m also wondering, what about having some kind of “extreme asshole” clause? I know lots of people who have been abused verbally and psychologically. That’s traumatizing, too. What do we do with that?  It takes a lot of energy to be an asshole. The people I admire most just aren’t interested in things that take away from their ability to make stuff. The people I really respect, and that I’ve met who fit this definition, have a sense of grace about them, because they know that there is no evolving and there is no wisdom without humility. You can’t get better if you behave in a way that shuts people off. You can’t! You don’t have all the ideas necessary to solve something. You don’t! I’m sure if you spoke to Harvey in his heyday and said to him what I just said to you, he would believe that he accomplished all that he had because of the way he behaved.”
~ Steven Soderbergh