Movie City Indie Archive for August, 2010

A less elfin, more Lisbeth role from Rooney Mara

From Samuel Bayer’s ultra-artsy Nightmare on Elm Street retake. Rooney, meet Noomi; Noomi, Rooney.

A forthcoming title…

On sound and music in Animal Kingdom

Australian writer-director David Mich

Trailering Enter The Void for IFC's U.S. release

[PR] Wenders 3D Video Installation Premieres At 12th Venice Architectural Biennale

“At the invitation of Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA, Wim Wenders has created a 3D video installation for this year

Terry Gilliam's goofy Arcade Fire webcast preshow (10m)

Sometimes what directors do is not see what other directors do

From the Independent, theater and opera director Jonathan Miller, who began as a member of Beyond The Fringe, says he hasn’t seen a West End show in 10 years: “One might assume that Jonathan Miller, the revered theatre and opera director, who made his own name on stage, would have become a familiar face at preview nights for these stage gems to keep abreast of fresh new talent. But no. Yesterday, Miller confessed he had seen none of the most significant productions of our time because he had not been to the theatre for “nearly 10 years”. Miller, 76, confessed he had no idea about the state of contemporary theatre because he preferred to give it all a miss.”I don’t bother,” he said. “I’m not interested in theatre, I never was. I don’t want to go to the West End; I hate travelling, I prefer to be at home with my grandchildren, and just go to Marks & Spencer.” [More at the link.]

A filmmaker on "turning things down"

“The other week, I got a call from an agent wondering if I’d be interested in directing a feature in Los Angeles this fall. He had a script, and a producer, and a lump sum sitting in a bank account waiting to be spent on it. All that was required was a director to head up the casting process and then make the film, and he was wondering if I would be interested in filling that position…” [Story here.]

Tony Scott’s Runaway Speed

I hope to see Christoph Huber and Mark Peranson make the case that Tony Scott’s movies are more and more the movie equivalent of Don DeLillo novels. Really. I mean it. That would be as entertaining as this trailer makes Unstoppable look. The airborne toxic event is not only the smell of popcorn topping. Here’s the opening of the linked Huber/Peranson take on D

Passion across the sea: one critic-distributor’s exodus

Might want to crack a window for a late summer breeze before heading over to Filmbrain’s new place, as he cogently lays out the reasons, as a lifelong New Yorker, he’s made tracks to Berlin. “[C]ritics have been spending way too much time bashing other critics’ opinions (or simply the critics themselves) and second-guessing why it is that their peers don’t share their views. It stifles rather than encourages discussion, and it’s fucking depressing if you must know the truth,” Andrew Grant writes. “As a distributor, things haven’t fared much better. Indie film is certainly alive and well, but… we’re seeing a seemingly endless stream of repetitive and pointless panels at film festivals, blog posts by self-proclaimed “experts” who preach profitability over artistic integrity, and the emphasis on new and clever ways to market yourself instead of, you know, actually making a good film… [M]y passion for film has diminished to practically nil. I barely watch things anymore. Even my prized pile of rare, grey-market finds that I’ve been dying to dip into remains untouched. Losing interest in the thing I’ve loved since childhood…i t’s a suitable cause for concern.” [More at the link, including source of photo.]

Countdown to William Gibson's Zero History

They won’t find the edge, they won’t find the new, and worse, they’ll trample on it, inadvertently crushing it beneath a certain mediocrity inherent in professional competence.
On sale September 7; more information here.

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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