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.

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RIP Barney Rosset, 1922-2012

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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.]

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Trailering Lena Dunham’s “Girls”

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

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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!

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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”)

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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.”

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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.

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RIP Peter Breck

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

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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.]

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

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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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A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies

“In my own mind, I’ve always been a writer and the fact that I act is, well… it’s been very enjoyable and I love doing it. It has been good for me, but in my own mind I’m just a writer with a bizarre activity—acting—that I undertake.”
~ Wallace Shawn