Movie City Indie Archive for September, 2011

DRIVE and Los Angeles (2:07)

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Home, Alone: Trailering EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE


More than the trailer, which seems more emphatic in its uplift than the finished film might dare, there are names other than director Stephen Daldry‘s that pop out: screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button); composer Nico Muhly (The Reader, Margaret), and, not in the credit block, cinematographer Chris Menges (The Reader, The Killing Fields, Local Hero) and editor Claire Simpson (The Reader, The Constant Gardener, Wall Street). There will be vivid widescreen imagery.

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Postering the Lars Von Trier Character

In the U.K., Artificial Eye releases character posters for Melancholia. Here’s Lars von Trier’s, with a special stamp in the upper lefthand corner. The production’s website here. [Via Ultra Culture.]

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X On the Jerry Lewis Telethon (1982) (2’02”)

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

[Via Dangerous Minds.]

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Postering Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT

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Postering a disappearing IRON LADY

While it’s not the first horizontal/vertical mix-up on a one-sheet this month (see Janus Film’s reissue poster for Godard’s Weekend), at second glance, this is the most disturbing. Turning topsy-turvy the Houses of Parliament may resemble the streaking of a minor Gerhard Richter painting, but more readily suggest the loss of memory and personality by Thatcher as her Alzheimer’s grows worse. And what streaks away? A mind for all things governmental. Eeeesh.

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Halluci-postering Thompson-Robinson’s RUM DIARY

What drugs had our faithful young correspondent Hunter S. ingested by the time of his Puerto Rican reporting days, where he laid his fictional “Rum Diary”? The revisions in the years before publication surely partook of the sort of recreational distraction that this one-sheet genially embraces. Plus: Bruce Robinson. This film must fall within the acceptable bounds of reflecting the writer-director-raconteur’s large and rumbustious personality.

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Four Silent Screams (NYC 2011; Eisenstein 1925; Kent State, 1970)



Photojournalism: a silent scream. “Davidscameracraft” is the byline of the photographer from the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. More of his solid work here, where he discovers the NYPD Deputy Inspector who randomly chose whom to pepper-spray at point blank is named “BOLOGNA.”

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Robert Bresson at 110

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIPiRPk0VzI&feature=player_embedded


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

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Francis Coppola’s TIFF TWIXT Presser (31’58”)

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Japanese Art For Monte Hellman’s ROAD TO NOWHERE

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THE 3 Rs: David Lynch Trailers Viennale 2011 (1’13”)

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Postering Godard’s WEEKEND

[Playdates for Janus Films’ new 35mm print.]

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Qwikster Goes For The Classics With First Commercials

And below! Classic Qwikster! From Australia!

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”