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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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas