Movie City Indie Archive for February, 2011

The Selected Jane Russell From Howard Hughes’ THE OUTLAW

And from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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Charlie Sheen in FERRIS BUELLER: At The Station For Drugs

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Happy 103, Tex Avery

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Banksy’s L.A.test Outdoor Art

[Click for larger. Via.]

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Trailering “Shaun Of The Dead Island”

Nice music! Where’s that from?

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From the “Kosinski”/”Guillaume” YouTube account, montage on revolt in Middle East and Northern Africa.

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Happy 111, Luis Buñuel

“God, death, sex, dry martini, dreams.”

From “My Last Sigh,” Don Luis’ recipe for the very dry Virgin Martini. “To provoke, or sustain, a reverie in a bar, you have to drink English gin, especially in the form of the dry martini. To be frank, given the primordial role played in my life by the dry martini, I think I really ought to give it at least a page. Like all cocktails, the martini, composed essentially of gin and a few drops of Noilly Prat, seems to have been an American invention. Connoisseurs who like their martinis very dry suggest simply allowing a ray of sunlight to shine through a bottle of Noilly Prat before it hits the bottle of gin. At a certain period in America it was said that the making of a dry martini should resemble the Immaculate Conception, for, as Saint Thomas Aquinas once noted, the generative power of the Holy Ghost pierced the Virgin’s hymen “like a ray of sunlight through a window — leaving it unbroken.”

Another crucial recommendation is that the ice be so cold and hard that it won’t melt, since nothing’s worse than a watery martini. For those who are still with me, let me give you my personal recipe, the fruit of long experimentation and guaranteed to produce perfect results. The day before your guests arrive, put all the ingredients — glasses, gin, and shaker — in the refrigerator. Use a thermometer to make sure the ice is about twenty degrees below zero (centigrade). Don’t take anything out until your friends arrive; then pour a few drops of Noilly Prat and half a demitasse spoon of Angostura bitters over the ice. Shake it, then pour it out, keeping only the ice, which retains a faint taste of both. Then pour straight gin over the ice, shake it again, and serve. (During the 1940s, the director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York taught me a curious variation. Instead of Angostura, he used a dash of Pernod. Frankly, it seemed heretical to me, but apparently it was only a fad.)”

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Sofia Directs Natalie For Dior

Via Russian Tatler, with more stills from the shoot of Coppola’s commercial with Portman and photographer Tim Walker at the link.


Michael Kahn’s A.C.E. Lifetime Achievement Tribute Reel

As shown at Saturday night’s American Cinema Editors awards. Edited by Carsten Kurpanek & Rosanne Colello.  Via Edgar Wright.

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SxSW: Teasing Aussie Ha’penny Indie LBF: A POP-ART FILM

Based on the 2006 novel, “Life Between Fucks,”  by “Cry Bloxsome,” made over a period of months for under $25,000, according to the makers. A hot Australian summer… [Site.]

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MNSFW: Trailering “Dead Island”

Yes, I now have an idea about the texture and mood of this game. Even beyond the great gushing geyers of grue. Wonder how much story there was to draw on for a terrific trailer like this.

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Radiohead’s “Lotus Flower,” By Garth Jennings

Gosh. I mean, gosh. Goofy goofy beauty. The NME offers inventive explanations for Mr. Yorke’s moves.

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“At a recent screening of Creed, as the familiar fanfare of Bill Conti’s beloved Rocky score signaled the start of the final round of the big fight, the audience burst into spontaneous applause. This was no sneak-preview crowd, primed with free admission and popcorn, but a room full of critics and journalists armored in professional skepticism. A cynic might say that the cheering was a Pavlovian reflex set off by a piece of commercial entertainment in the hands of a skilled, manipulative director. This cynic, however, was too busy choking up and clapping to form the thought.”
A. O. Scott On Creed

The physical object is so banalized nowadays, you have to bring something else. And the audience is completely ready to get that, and want that, voilà. It’s difficult because it’s a lot of work and there are a lot of requirements, but you have to try to be more and more unique; if not, you’re just releasing a DVD in the old way, and even if a title might interest some cinephiles, it won’t be enough regarding the fact that they could see on S-VOD for ten bucks hundreds of movies. So how do you bring this audience who’s continuing following you because they have the same feeling of cinephilia to acquire what you’re releasing ? And even though we can see of course that the 3000-limited-edition of Body Double is to be able to go out-of-print very quickly, at the same time it will increase interest on the title itself.
~ Carlotta Films’ Vincent Paul-Boncour