Movie City Indie Archive for November, 2011

Steve Jobs, On The World, In 45 Seconds

Ken Russell’s Teenage Wasteland

PDF of a review of Mr. Russell’s 1950s teenpix here.

KEN RUSSELL WAS 84

Miley Cyrus Lavishes Up Some “Riot Porn”

Dubbed as such by @WilbotOsterman. Cyrus posted the video on her 19th birthday, according to the description here: “The video begins starkly with a message in white font on a black screen: ‘This is dedicated to the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in,’ and for the next three minutes comes a rapid-fire montage of scenes of sign-waving protesters and pepper-spraying police as Miley sings, ‘It’s a liberty walk, walk. Say goodbye to the people who tied you up… Free yourself, slam the door, not a prisoner anymore.'”

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Joan Didion: The White Album to Blue Nights (72m vid)

“In conversation with David L. Ulin, book critic, Los Angeles Times. A literary icon for Los Angeles and a cultural visionary for the rest of America, the acclaimed author of The White Album, The Year of Magical Thinking, and most recently, Blue Nights, discusses her current work and life in Los Angeles in the 60s. Part of ‘Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980′.”

Hitler Disapproves Of A New Meme In Town: Pepper-Spray Cop

Hitler measures appropriate response and USES ALL-CAPS like a practiced commenter.

Steve Jobs Brainstorms, In Classic LP VHS (21’17”)

An episode of “Entrpreneurs,” a portentously-written but useful glimpse of Jobs at work in the NeXT computer era. Below, Jobs demonstrates how “interpersonal computing” works. [Via TNW, where there are three more videos from that time.]

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Andrea True Was 68: “More, More, More” (3’01”)

“The Sound of The Muppets (9’02”)

“In this SoundWorks Collection exclusive we talk with Director James Bobin, Film Editor James Thomas, Supervising Sound Editors Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack, and Sound Re-recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell.”

W.e.instein Trailering W.E. Anew

Trailering RAMPART

Time Code: UC Davis Pepper Spray Footage From 4 Perspectives

Brian DePalma, do you know Mike Figgis? Good. Meet Andy Baio.

NYFF 49’s Béla Tarr Forum, in full (37’54”)

Vid: “Raw Meat” for Black Lips with Leo Fitzpatrick

Cop imagery on the black-and-white streets of New York City?

“Directed by Phil Pinto, produced by Rachelyn Remz-Porter. Featuring Leo Fitzpatrick, Janell Shirtcliff, and Tennessee Thomas. ‘Raw Meat’ is from the album Arabia Mountain [Vice Records].”

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“BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Politics and queerness as spectacle/spectacle as politics and queerness. Pretty delightful, lovely, erotic. A-

“Not since EASY A and CABARET have I seen Emma Stone give a real sense of her range. Here, she has pathos and interiority and desire. I love the cinematography and the ways in which the images of the tennis icons are refracted and manipulated via various surfaces/mediators. Also, wild how a haircut is one of the most erotic scenes in cinema this year. Spine tinglingly tactile that feels refreshing. Proof that *cough* you don’t need to be ~graphic/explicit~ to be erotic *cough*. Also, it made me want to get into tennis. Watching it, at least.

“There are interesting touches and intimations as to the cinematic nature of sports, & unpacking the formal approach of broadcasting sports.Also, I was here for Sarah Silverman smoking. And also, hi Mickey Sumner!! It’s a really interesting film about the ways in which public spectacle is never apolitical, and how spectacle is prone to assignation.

“There’s this one other scene from BATTLE OF THE SEXES that I love, and it’s the one in the bar. You see Billie looking after Marilyn as she dances. Through a crowd. There’s a paradoxical closeness and distance between them. In the purple light, and the kitschy decor, everything is distorted. But Billie catches a glance and you can feel the nervous swell inside.”
~ Kyle Turner

“Our business is complicated because intimacy is part and parcel of our profession; as actors we are paid to do very intimate things in public. That’s why someone can have the audacity to invite you to their home or hotel and you show up. Precisely because of this we must stay vigilant and ensure that the professional intimacy is not abused. I hope we are in a pivotal moment where a sisterhood — and brotherhood of allies — is being formed in our industry. I hope we can form a community where a woman can speak up about abuse and not suffer another abuse by not being believed and instead being ridiculed. That’s why we don’t speak up — for fear of suffering twice, and for fear of being labeled and characterized by our moment of powerlessness. Though we may have endured powerlessness at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, by speaking up, speaking out and speaking together, we regain that power. And we hopefully ensure that this kind of rampant predatory behavior as an accepted feature of our industry dies here and now. Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence.”
Lupita Nyong’o