Movie City Indie Archive for May, 2011

Teasing Mia Hansen-Løve’s UN AMOUR DE JEUNESSE (nudity)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HLhW39kE-4&feature=player_embedded

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Christopher Borelli Profiles Cartoonist Ivan Brunetti

Chris Borelli writes a lot of swell profiles for the Chicago Tribune. I’m acquainted with cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, the subject of this piece. It’s very good, let’s start by saying that, and I’ll helicopter into the middle of an anecdote:

Ivan Brunetti is cringing.

He is a Chicago cartoonist and illustrator, swooned over by peers, beloved by his students at Columbia College, revered by a fervent cult of admirers, and coming into his own. At the moment, though, he’s cringing. He’s cringing at this story, at the picture, at what you think of him, at the nice things people say about him. He doesn’t think he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as his peers: His best friend is the celebrated cartoonist Chris Ware; another good friend is cartoonist Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”), who, like Brunetti, spent some formative years in Hyde Park. When I mention these guys, he cringes.

“Because I feel like a fraud most of the time,” he said. “I haven’t proven myself the way those guys have. I should feel lucky, right? I don’t. I’m constantly complaining. Most of my problems are caused by myself.”

One day I told him I wasn’t exactly certain when this profile would appear in the Tribune. “It’s a floater,” I said.

“Like a turd,” he replied quietly.”

Please read the rest.

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Orson Welles does a magic trick

Just. Because.

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Martin Scorsese’s LETTER TO ELIA

Watch the full episode.

From an interview on the American Experience website:

Martin Scorsese: We were going to do interviews. And then it seemed like the right idea to go in a different direction.

Kent Jones: There’s a very good film to be made about Kazan as a person, as the man who started with the Group Theatre, who acted in Waiting for Lefty, who went on to revolutionize Broadway, then started the Actors’ Studio, then became a friendly witness before HUAC and suffered the consequences, then made a string of great films, changed the face of acting in theater and movies, suffered through the trauma of his first wife’s death, reinvented himself as a writer, and so on. It would be a real epic. But that felt like someone else’s idea.

Scorsese: The thing was to convey something about the relationship, and by that I mean my relationship to the films, and that meant going back to the way that I received them when I saw them as an adolescent.

Jones: And the distinction between your relationship with the films and your relationship with the man, and the way you saw the films when you were young and the way you see them now.

Scorsese: Right.

Jones: I thought that was really interesting, because it doesn’t have anything to do with film aesthetics or official history. Actually, in a sense, it does – it’s the way you receive films when you’re young and wide open to them.

Scorsese: Yes. You don’t know how it’s done or why, you just know that the picture is speaking to you and addressing something that can’t be addressed in your life, by anyone you know, because it’s private, embarrassing. You’re young and figuring out who you are in relation to everyone around you, the adult world around you, but you’re not on the adult wavelength yet.

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Mother… brother…

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Testino On Rooney On Salander

To accompany Memorial Day weekend’s “hacked” trailer for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo that mysteriously still has yet to be yanked, Lynn Hirchsberg’s February 2011 W magazine preview offers a fistful of Mario Testino photos of Mara Rooney as Über-hacker Lisbeth Salander. Article and images here.

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Teasing Jackie Chan’s 100th Pic

“General director” Jackie Chan. Directed by Zhang Li.

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Harto’s “Advice From the Hart”

@shelbyfero is funnier on the Twitter. But! Who’s comparing? Where did these two funny persons come from all of a sudden? Hart’s “My Drunk Kitchen” videos are something else: below, Brunch!
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Yeeeesh… The Return Of “Salad Fingers”

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TGWTDT: “The Feel Bad Movie For Christmas”

Oh yes. Somewhere on the internet…

ADDED: Okay, if even Time Warner’s Entertainment Weekly is embedding the clip, and YouTube hasn’t been asked to pull it down, here goes: a relatively high quality leak of the trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo… with suspiciously clear sound and steady image and still it’s up on YouTube hours later…

REVISED 1 JUNE 2011:

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Trailering Takashi Miike’s NINJA KIDS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4wHB9JWw5Q&feature=player_embedded

Or, “Nintama Rantoro.”

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Terrence Malick Acts

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“LINDSAY LOHAN – A RICHARD PHILLIPS FILM”

Bret Easton Ellis daydream. Painter turns to film. Bombastic music FTW. “What fascinates me about Lindsay are not her problems but the way she embodies an eminence on the level of a Bardot or an Ullmann,” Phillips said. “She’s a combination of the fantastic and the real, which is what makes her so magnetic. She can also bring forward an existential presence that speaks to the isolated self.” Both Persona and Contempt, he pointed out, examine those issues, and his brief psychological portrait of Lohan attempts to unite the irreconcilable differences in her divided personality.”

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Sean Young’s BLADE RUNNER Polaroids




































Enhance 224 to 176.
Enhance.
Stop.
Move in, stop.
Pull out, track right, stop.
Center in, pull back.
Stop.
Track 45 right.
Stop.
Center and stop.
Enhance 34 to 36.
Pan right and pull back.
Stop.
Enhance 34 to 46.
Pull back.
Wait a minute, go right, stop.
Enhance 57 to 19.
Track 45 left.
Stop.
Enhance 15 to 23.

Give me a hard copy right there.

Here. [Via Richard Metzger.]

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“Any time a movie causes a country to threaten nuclear retaliation, the higher-ups wanna get in a room with you… In terms of getting the word out about the movie, it’s not bad. If they actually make good on it, it would be bad for the world—but luckily that doesn’t seem like their style… We’ll make a movie that maybe for two seconds will make some 18-year-old think about North Korea in a way he never would have otherwise. Or who knows? We were told one of the reasons they’re so against the movie is that they’re afraid it’ll actually get into North Korea. They do have bootlegs and stuff. Maybe the tapes will make their way to North Korea and cause a fucking revolution. At best, it will cause a country to be free, and at worst, it will cause a nuclear war. Big margin with this movie.”
~ Seth Rogen In Rolling Stone 1224

“Yes, good movies sprout up, inevitably, in the cracks and seams between the tectonic plates on which all of these franchises stay balanced, and we are reassured of their hardiness. But we don’t see what we don’t see; we don’t see the effort, or the cost of the effort, or the movies of which we’re deprived because of the cost of the effort. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice may have come from a studio, but it still required a substantial chunk of outside financing, and at $35 million, it’s not even that expensive. No studio could find the $8.5 million it cost Dan Gilroy to make Nightcrawler. Birdman cost a mere $18 million and still had to scrape that together at the last minute. Imagine American movie culture for the last few years without Her or Foxcatcher or American Hustle or The Master or Zero Dark Thirty and it suddenly looks markedly more frail—and those movies exist only because of the fairy godmothership of independent producer Megan Ellison. The grace of billionaires is not a great business model on which to hang the hopes of an art form.”
~ Mark Harris On The State Of The Movies