Movie City Indie Archive for February, 2012

A Yorgos Lanthimos Masterclass (55’38”) At Göteborg International Film Festival 2012

Interesting observations from the director of Dogtooth and the forthcoming Alps.

RIP Barney Rosset, 1922-2012

Lonergan’s MARGARET in Chicago

Sell-outs from the get-go. Two more night’s showings in 35mm.

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Picturing WGA Winner Alexander Payne



[Thessaloniki, Greece, November 2011. Photos © Ray Pride.]

Trailering Lena Dunham’s “Girls”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RIqj_ZgGN0

MPAA Rating Advisory Of The Week: PROJECT X

Project X opens in theaters Friday, March 2. The film has been rated R by the MPAA for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem—all involving teens.” Mmmm, mayhem!

ABC CINEMA: Animating An Alphabet Of Movies (0’58”)

Shiny. By Evan Seitz.

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That’s What Goes On In A Cat’s Head (0’36”)

NSFW: Carlos Charlie Perez Book-Trailers “The Vanishers” 1’52”

“A short film based on THE VANISHERS, a new novel by Heidi Julavits, out March 13 from Doubleday. Film by Carlos Charlie Perez. From the acclaimed novelist and The Believer editor Heidi Julavits, a wildly imaginative and emotionally intense novel about mothers, daughters, and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another.”

Neil Young approves Tavi Gevinson’s “Heart of Gold” cover (3’17”)

What if a corporate-support-underwritten Rookie fashionista wunderkind does some more stuff that’s not half-bad? Eh, Neil Young, gotten old, approves.

RIP Peter Breck

Seen here in Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor, after exclaiming in interior monologue, “Nymphos!”

For Valentine’s Day, T-Mobile Clips A Joe Swanberg Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW24eHQg5JY

A clip from Alexander The Last? Um…. thanks, Cupid? [Via Joe Swanberg.]

Leonard Cohen On How To Speak Poetry (3’51”)

Somewhere, IRON SKY Lost Its Mind; Gained Udo Kier, Sarah Palin (trailer)

“I’ll see you in Valhalla.” Music by  Laibach. And the slightly stranger, smaller-scale original trailer. [Via Iron Sky.]

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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