Movie City Indie Archive for May, 2011

Carlo Lavagna and Roberto de Paolis’ CHANT D’AMOUR: A DIARY FROM CANNES

The laddies behind the recent Bernardo Bertolucci profile at NOWNESS venture to Cannes to talk to Michel Gondry, watch Spike Jonze climb a 175-foot mast, interrupt Michelle Rodriguez as she deejays and gather up snips to assemble back in their editing bay. The short is here.

Trailering SHARK NIGHT 3D: MF’ing Sharks On A Focal Plane!

Intentional kitsch? Tough gig, but somebody else is doing it: “A sexy summer weekend turns into a blood-soaked nightmare for a group of college students trapped on an island surrounded by voracious underwater predators in Shark Night 3D, a terrifying thrill ride from director David Ellis (The Final Destination, Snakes On a Plane), featuring a red-hot young cast including Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie, Last House on the Left), Dustin Milligan (“90210,” Slither), Chris Carmack (“The O.C.”), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider Man) and Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny). Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast. But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land.”

Ba-bum. Ba-bum. Ba-bum-ba-bum-ba-bum



That’s conversation about Curtis’ mind-twirling new BBC 2 doc, All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace. (Part I mingles Ayn Rand, Silicon Valley in the 1990s, the Clinton White House and a generous dash of paranoia.) The link to the music and chat is here.

Mike Mills Videos His Road Tour (5’53”)

And toward the end, there’s my notes! I can only make out the swear words in my handwriting.

Where’s Terry?

Terrence Malick

Larger. [Click through for photographer’s Flickr account.]

Behind Kyle Lambert’s “TOY SHINING” Project


[Via IMDB.]

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Baz Announces 2013 “Strictly Ballroom” Musical In Sydney (3’09”)

Harlan Ellison Reminds Us, “Pay The Writer”

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John Lasseter Displays His Hawaiian Shirt Wardrobe (6’31”)

An Excerpt From Panahi’s THIS IS NOT A FILM (6’31”)

Trailering Michael Tolkin’s THE RAPTURE

Hitler Responds To Lars Von Trier’s Cannes Banishment

10 APOCALYPSE NOW Storyboards

Anticipating a Blu-Ray release, the Guardian has 10 Apocalypse Now storyboards. 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