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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“We’re all going to die so it makes it very easy. I haven’t always thought that way but I’ve realized it’s the truth. I think age gets you there, questioning your mortality… When you realize that, it’s so liberating, it’s so free, you can fly! There’s no need to hold on to anything. Like, think of the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you; it’s probably happened to 500 million people as well. Who gives a shit!”
~ Steve McQueen

“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