Movie City Indie Archive for July, 2010

Postering Enter The Void

All the information that’s in the eye-punching credit sequence… in sixty seconds.

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Markets of Britain, a short film by Lee Titt

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Trailering Mao's Last Dancer

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Maury Chaykin with Jian Ghomeshi, April 2010


He comes across as such a sweet man.

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Maury Chaykin in War Games

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Trailering Happy People, narration/narrated by Werner Herzog


… just not in the trailer.

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David Brooks' "magic green jacket"

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Now that’s an in-joke: who inside nytimes.com made this “mistake”? The correct photo is likely in place now on the original page.

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Rating of the week: Countdown to Zero

“Rated PG for heavy foreboding, images of devastation.”

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Comic-Con carne: Robert Rodriquez wants to serve you tacos…

tacotaco_45678.jpg… if you’re in San Diego. As the p.r. has it: “Robert Rodriguez and the cast of his new film, MACHETE, will be serving tacos at the MACHETE Taco Truck before showing Exclusive Footage from the film at 9 PM. This event is open to the public. The invitation below has information about where it will be taking place. It can be redeemed for a free taco!”

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Christopher Nolan's Doodlebug (1997)


Hint: it’s all in his head. From the Cinema 16 shorts series.

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Picturing unknown Brando

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Sixty years ago today Marlon Brando’s first feature, The Men, was released. LIFE’s published a gallery of the “the brilliant brat,” from which these are drawn, here.
“Accompanying Ed Clark’s images in LIFE’s archives were meticulous notes about Brando written by Theodore Strauss, who would ultimately write the magazine’s 1950 profile coinciding with the release of The Men. Strauss details every quirk of the actor: what he wore, how he ate, what he read, how he shunned any sort of red carpet that might have been laid out for him when he came to town. “Stanley Kramer, producer of The Men, had intended on putting Brando in a good hotel, but Brando would have none of it,” Strauss writes. “First of all he insisted on living with the paraplegics in Birmingham Veterans Hospital during the four weeks before production began. This, he felt, was necessary to giving a completely knowledgeable and valid performance in his role. At the hospital he was given a bed in a 32-bed ward, where he was treated almost like any other patient.” Pictured: On the grounds of the hospital, Brando attempts to tip back and balance his wheelchair.” First photo: Margaret Bourke-White. Second, Credit: Edward Clark/TIME & LIFE Pictures

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Trailering Chris Nolan's Following reissue on VOD


From the press release: “IFC Films is proud to present Christopher Nolan’s debut feature film, FOLLOWING, available nationwide on demand. A fascinating introduction to the talent and vision of a filmmaker who is fast becoming one of the major American directors of our time, FOLLOWING originally debuted in 1998, and enjoyed a quick succession of Festival prizes and wild critical acclaim. The film is a sly neo-noir thriller which follows a writer who picks out strangers at random from the crowded streets of London shadows them see where they go, how they spend their days. FOLLOWING features the innovative blend of high-minded style and genre elements that Nolan has now made his trademark. The film will enjoy a three month period of availability on demand via cable providers Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, Time Warner, Bright House, Charter and Insight.”

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Trailering Schnabel's Miral

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Inception, based upon an idea by Andy Warhol

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Trailering The Social Network

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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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