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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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”