Movie City Indie Archive for November, 2011

Steve Jobs, On The World, In 45 Seconds

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Ken Russell’s Teenage Wasteland

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

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KEN RUSSELL WAS 84

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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′.”

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

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

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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”)

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“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.”

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W.e.instein Trailering W.E. Anew

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Trailering RAMPART

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Time Code: UC Davis Pepper Spray Footage From 4 Perspectives

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

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

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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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“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many recappers, while clearly over their heads, are baseline sympathetic to finding themselves routinely unmoored, even if that means repeating over and over that this is closer to “avant-garde art” than  normal TV to meet the word count. My feed was busy connecting the dots to Peter Tscherkassky (gas station), Tony Conrad (the giant staring at feedback of what we’ve just seen), Pat O’Neill (bombs away) et al., and this is all apposite — visual and conceptual thinking along possibly inadvertent parallel lines. If recappers can’t find those exact reference points to latch onto, that speaks less to willful ignorance than to how unfortunately severed experimental film is from nearly all mainstream discussions of film because it’s generally hard to see outside of privileged contexts (fests, academia, the secret knowledge of a self-preserving circle working with a very finite set of resources and publicity access to the larger world); resources/capital/access/etc. So I won’t assign demerits for willful incuriosity, even if some recappers are reduced, in some unpleasantly condescending/bluffing cases, to dismissing this as a “student film” — because presumably experimentation is something the seasoned artist gets out of their system in maturity, following the George Lucas Model of graduating from Bruce Conner visuals to Lawrence Kasdan’s screenwriting.”
~ Vadim Rizov Goes For It, A Bit

“On the first ‘Twin Peaks,’ doing TV was like going from a mansion to a hut. But the arthouses are gone now, so cable television is a godsend — they’re the new art houses. You’ve got tons of freedom to do the work you want to do on TV, but there is a restriction in terms of picture and sound. The range of television is restricted. It’s hard for the power and the glory to come through. In other words, you can have things in a theater much louder and also much quieter. With TV, the quieter things have to be louder and the louder things have to be quieter, so you have less dynamics. The picture quality — it’s fine if you have a giant television with a good speaker system, but a lot of people will watch this on their laptops or whatever, so the picture and the sound are going to suffer big time. Optimally, people should be watching TV in a dark room with no disturbances and with as big and good a picture as possible and with as great sound as possible.”
~ David Lynch