Movie City Indie Archive for April, 2011

Picturing “Illuminating The Shadows” Film Critic Conference, April 21-23

You Should Read One Of Us

Illuminating the Shadows: Film Criticism In Focus” was the subject of a conference April 21-23, Easter weekend, at the Block Museum of Art on the Northwestern University Evanston campus. Four panels were accompanied by four screenings, including Michael Phillips‘ choice of Errol Morris’ Tabloid; Dave Kehr‘s presentation of “the pre-Codiest of pre-Code” movies, Raoul Walsh’s 1933 three-cannon salute of a carefree sexual romp, Sailor’s Luck; and Karina Longworth with Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg (my notes here). There aren’t any images here of the panel about this history of film criticism in Chicago that I was part of, but the organizers promise MP3s of the four panels to come. My favorite moment may have come when a film professor type confronted the above panel with the question of why he should read any film criticism at all, what was its purpose, why should he care about anyone’s opinion but his own. To which the Boston Globe’s Wesley Morris essentially replied, “Read one of us.” (His elaboration of how a reviewer’s work can inform the intelligent reader was substantially more nuanced.) To the right of Morris, the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips; The AV Club’s Scott Tobias and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of “Ebert Presents” and Mubi.com. A 52-photo slideshow including these images and others is here; all could bear a bit more color correction to make the assembled seem ever-so-slightly more healthy.

Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum.

Flowchart linking Carpenter, DePalma by Vishnevetsky

At dinner, Vishnevetsky crayons his flowchart to connect John Carpenter and Brian De Palma.

Longworth

Karina Longworth of LA Weekly.

Empaneled: "Past Perfect – Critical Histories, Seminal Touchstones, and Rediscoveries"

The Block Museum of Art auditorium during a panel dubbed “Past Perfect–Critical Histories, Seminal Touchstones, and Rediscoveries.” To the left, moderator Nick Davis (Assistant Professor, English and Gender Studies, Northwestern).
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RIP Poly Styrene, 53: O, Cancer, Up Yours

And a brilliant amount of context and testimony from the likes of Johnny Rotten and Billy Bragg in under four minutes:

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HANNA-Inspired Comic Art

Focus Features sends illos along: “The artistic blending of action, mystery, innocence and coming of age in Hanna inspired the Illustration Project. Focus Features set out to find three talented artists internationally who could capture the spirit of the characters and bring them to life in their own mediums. Working with exclusive clips, photo stills and the film’s original score by the Chemical Brothers, the artists created and illustrated Hanna’s world through their eyes. The artists Jock, Aaron Minier and Alan Brooks were given little to no direction when they took on this assignment—only materials. This is their art, and their vision, of Hanna.” [Above, Brooks; below, three by Jock. Click twice for larger images. Also: two stills from Hanna illustrating Wright’s comics-ish visual style



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“They’re Paying For It, You Eat It”

[Via Remember Me.]

50 Years of The Wilhelm Scream in 12 Minutes

[Via Cinexcellence.]

Trailering Luc Moullet’s Latest, TOUJOURS MOINS

Writes Daniel Kasman at Mubi: “A short film suspiciously formed of footage of automated terminals (ATMs, ticket dispensers, turnstiles, etc.) over three decades (perhaps culled from the director’s own work?), with customary pith and concision picks up, toys with, and… finally drops, the many ways human interaction has been eliminated in favor of blocky mechanical interfaces… The self-evident quality of Moullet’s humorist-material record is absolutely in accordance with the filmmaker’s style of matter-of-fact direct presentation…. What Moullet gets… is something so few filmmakers understand, that approaching something as if it has never been filmed and revealed to audiences before has the power to transform the everyday into something… revelatory.” [Via Andy Rector.]

Silent Footage Of Fukushima Wreckage As Peeped By Robot Drone

Dimming Tokyo In Time-Lapse Video

“Hotel,” by Alan Rudolph

More paintings here. Click for larger version.

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Trailering Azazel Jacobs’ TERRI

A Lovely Trailer For ANOTHER EARTH

Someone’s even picked the right shots, let alone hit the right notes.

Postering Nash Edgerton’s BEAR

The short sequel to his short Spider. Written by Edgerton & David Michôd. Key art from the talented Jeremy Saunders (@jeremyrsaunders).

Tim Hetherington’s SLEEPING SOLDIERS

“he work was made in 2007-8 while I was following a platoon of US Airborne Infantry based in the Korengal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan. This is a single screen version of the original 3-screen installation that was first shown in New York in 2009 (the original 3-screen version was designed as an immerisve installation, and not for the small screen).”

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“With every table in the dining room occupied and me, the only waiter, neglecting the needs of a good fifty patrons, I approached Roth. Holding out Balls as a numbness set into the muscles of my face, I spoke. “Sir, I’ve heard you say that you don’t read fiction anymore, but I’ve just had my first novel published and I’d like to give you a copy.”

“His eyes lifting from his iPhone, he took the book from my hands. He congratulated me. Then, staring at the cover, he said, “Great title. I’m surprised I didn’t think of it myself.”

“These words worked on me like a hit of morphine. Like two hits. It felt as if I was no longer the occupant of my own body. The legs had gone weak, the ears warmed, the eyes watered, the heart rate increased rapidly. Barely able to keep myself upright, I told him, “Thank you.”

“Then Roth, who, the world would learn sixteen days later, was retiring from writing, said, in an even tone, with seeming sincerity, “Yeah, this is great. But I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”

“I managed, “It’s too late, sir. There’s no turning back. I’m in.”

“Nodding slowly, he said to me, “Well then, good luck.”

“After which I went back to work.”
~ Julian Tepper

“Any form of physical or sexual assault is a very serious matter, potentially a legal matter. But I’m also wondering, what about having some kind of “extreme asshole” clause? I know lots of people who have been abused verbally and psychologically. That’s traumatizing, too. What do we do with that?  It takes a lot of energy to be an asshole. The people I admire most just aren’t interested in things that take away from their ability to make stuff. The people I really respect, and that I’ve met who fit this definition, have a sense of grace about them, because they know that there is no evolving and there is no wisdom without humility. You can’t get better if you behave in a way that shuts people off. You can’t! You don’t have all the ideas necessary to solve something. You don’t! I’m sure if you spoke to Harvey in his heyday and said to him what I just said to you, he would believe that he accomplished all that he had because of the way he behaved.”
~ Steven Soderbergh