Movie City Indie Archive for August, 2012

NYT Op-Doc: Laura Poitras’ THE PROGRAM (8’27”)

“Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans’ personal data.” [More here.]

SIDE BY SIDE outtake: Dick Pope: “3-D ain’t for me”

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TIFF12 Trailering: INVENTING DAVID GEFFEN (2 clips)

Film4 Interviews Tony Scott (8’32”)

TIFF12 Trailering: 7 BOXES

Red Band Trailering LAWLESS (2’38”)

James Cameron: We Know When We’re Watching A Movie, It’s Not Real, So, 3D! (1’47”)

Triggering little parts of your brain, eh?

Teasing THE MASTER: “I Lost My Ship” (1’01”)

A teaser for the San Francisco screening at the Castro, August 21. Yep, it’s a scintillating one-take outtake. (All hail Mihai Malaimare, Jr!) Like the first two teasers, this small taste stands on own as a succulent, suggestive short film. While undeniably beautiful, there are few shots that could be called formally show-offy in the film proper: the editing tends to delicate restraint, rounding inexorably on the battle of the two men, Freddy and the Master. But there is a shot of that bridge that aches quietly as another ship passes, gloaming’s begun and pink falls to blued-down hues of red.

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Tony Scott’s AGENT ORANGE (4’58”)

BEAT THE DEVIL by Tony Scott (9’45”)

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield