Movie City Indie Archive for May, 2012

Trailering Michel Gondry’s THE WE AND THE I (1’55”)

Saves on sets.

Peter Berg Blows Up His BATTLESHIP In Israeli TV Interview MNSFW (1’34”)

“What the fuck is going to happen in Israel? What’s the nickname for Benjamin, what do you guys call him? You got Bibi, and who’s his Secretary of Defense, the Defense Minister? You have two men that are now dictating the policy towards Iran. It’s a real mess, because you’ve gotta decide whether it’s better to allow Iran to be armed, and whether a nuclear Iran is less of a threat than an attacked Iran. If you attack Iran now, they’re gonna fight you back, right? There’s gonna be blood. Israelis will die, right? No question. Would you rather take that now, or let them get a nuclear bomb. It’s the most serious issue facing our planet today.  More so than the movie Battleship, which I’m very excited to have directed, I love Rihanna, she’s a great actress, did a wonderful job in the film, my Dad was a Navy historian… Have you been in the Israeli army? What? How’d you get out of that, are you a draft dodger? You gotta join the army, motherfucker! How’d you get out of that?” [Via reader JR74.]

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Don DeLillo talks COSMOPOLIS (spoilers)

 

From the press kit: “It all happened very quickly, actually. [The script] was incredibly close to the book. Of course, Cronenberg cut out a few scenes that couldn’t work out, but it is totally faithful to the spirit of the novel. Of course, I had no intention to make comments when I read it, it had become a Cronenberg film. It is my novel, but it is his film, there is no question about it. Then, last March, I saw the film in New York once it was completed. I was really impressed. It is as uncompromising as it can possibly be. I liked it from the very beginning, from the opening credits: what an amazing idea to start with Jackson Pollock, and to finish with Rothko, for that matter. And the final scene, with [—] and [—], is just mind-blowing! Throughout the years, there have been many proposals to adapt several of my books, but they have never come through. I thought that adapting ‘Cosmopolis’ would be particularly tricky, since most action is confined within a car, which doesn’t translate well to the screen. But not only did Cronenberg respect that, he also shot in the limo some scenes that originally happened elsewhere, like the sequence with Juliette Binoche, for instance.”

On his novels, often fixated on movies, being hard to adapt: “I thought that ‘Libra’ or ‘White Noise’ could easily be turned into films, but apparently it is very complicated. I don’t know why. Anyway, don’t expect me to take care of it myself and write a screenplay… Read the full article »

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Claymation Cats Retell THE RAID: REDEMPTION (3’05”)

Trailering Resnais

If such a thing were possible, this looks potentially even nuttier than Wild Grass. And the “David Boring”-style title treatment!

Postering OSLO, 31 AUGUST

Bronson Allen’s FAREWELL CUMBERLAND CINEMA (4’50”)

 

[Via Norm Wilner.]

Closing Marquee, Cumberland 4, Toronto

[Via.]

Adam Yauch Performing “Three MCs and One DJ”

One of multiple angles from the Criterion DVD collection. Directed by Nathaniel Hörnblowér. [Via Criterion.]

In 1986, The Beastie Boys Terrified Oprah And Dogmatic Tipper Gore (2’49”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJAGJ8ckmZY

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The Magnolia Moment At Laemmle’s NoHo 7: The Week Of May 11

Pre-VOD Preview City for the week of May 11.  [Via Stephen Saito.]

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch