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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“We’ve talked about this before in the past, my obsession with the Shakespearean histories having the ideal combination of the sweet and the sour. In ‘Henry IV, Part II’ which we’ve discussed before, in the end of that story it’s very complex and haunting because Prince Hal becomes Henry the King, and he has transcended his hoodlum days and at the ceremony is Falstaff, his good friend with whom he has really fucked around and been a loser with, and Falstaff comes up to him and says, ‘Now that you’re king we can really party,’ and the king famously says, ‘I know thee not, old man.’ It becomes Henry IV’s anointment and Falstaff’s catastrophe. That’s life. I have experienced very little unfettered triumph. There are moments, such as when my children are born, but even that comes with new fears and anxieties. In a sense the better you can communicate that life is both at once, the more powerful over time something becomes. One strives for something where the threads are there because it lasts in way that is very palpable. The idea of a tragedy is powerful in literature and theater, but in cinema it doesn’t work, certainly not commercially, and less so critically. Why is that? I think it has to do with how movies are so close to us.”
~ James Gray

 

“Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is frowned upon because of its premise that individuals can change history. U.S. filmmakers sometimes anticipate Chinese censors and alter movies before their release. The Oscar-winning alien-invasion drama “Arrival” was edited to make a Chinese general appear less antagonistic before the film’s debut in China this year. For “Passengers,” the space adventure starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, a scene showing Mr. Pratt’s bare backside was removed, and a scene of Mr. Pratt chatting in Mandarin with a robot bartender was added.”
~ “Hollywood’s New Script”