Movie City Indie Archive for April, 2010

A personable Robert Towne vs. eccentric interviewer

Sometimes you don’t want to see how the other guy does it. I think the interview is supposed to be about screenwriting. Note: the interview was not done for Set Design magazine.

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Ash land: Sigur Rós' "Untitled #1 (Vaka)"

1970s Icelandic volcanic eruption footage

… and what became of a small village, in 3:25.

RED introduces its Epic and Scarlet cameras

Well. Goodness. That is attractive.

"The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir"

Six minutes. By Ruby Tuesday 717.

Previewing Alex Gibney's untitled Eliot Spitzer doc

"Kubrick before Kubrick" in Milan

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El Pais has four photos from a show of about 300 early Kubrick photographs. The slideshow is here. The article’s in Spanish, but here’s the Google translation. The show is at Palazzo della Ragione, 16 April-4 July. 20 photos here, if you click on the small photo top left.

Bill Forsyth saunters through his career

He’ll be talking Housekeeping at Film Forum Thursday night. Below: BBC’s Mark Kermode and Forsyth take a spin ’round Local Hero.

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Trailering Mr. Brainwash's Life Remote Control

Rough draft for Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop? Just another flavor in the blender… [Via @erickohn.]

"Florida is being attacked by giant fish with teeth": trailering Mega-Pirahna

About time they did. From the notorious knock-off artistes, The Asylum.

Alexandre Desplat on working with Terrence Malick on Tree of Life

Malick’s latest feature is almost certain to premiere at Cannes. From November’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s 50th edition, composer Alexandre Desplat talks about working with him.

Trailering The Kids Are All Right

Releases July 2010.

3 films by Jeremy Blake

Here. Wiki: “A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, he was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2000, 2002 and 2004. His “Winchester” series, inspired by the story of Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House, was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005. Blake also created the painted abstract hallucination scenes in the 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson film Punch Drunk Love, and contributed artwork and video for Beck’s album Sea Change. Blake was also involved in creating and commissioning a soundtrack album called The Forty Million Dollar Beatnik with Neil Landstrumm and Mike Fellows in 2000 on Scandinavia Records and Pork Salad Press to accompany an LA drawings/script show by Blake of the same title.”

Fassbinder on the future

From Wenders’ Chambre 666.

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield