Movie City Indie Archive for March, 2013

DVD Interview: Benh Zeitlin on Water

Benh Zeitlin and I talked about Beasts of the Southern Wild, water, humidity, Hushpuppy as superhero of her own life, walls of music, coming to film from music and animation, and the influence Emir Kusturica and Bob Fosse on June 11, 2012 at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago.

PRIDE: We can start on water. Discuss!

ZEITLIN: Shooting on the water or the water in Louisiana?

PRIDE: Water, big. It’s like New Orleans water makes it what it is. Water brings the life, water brings the death.

ZEITLIN: Yeah, yeah, absolutely. It’s a place, it’s so viscerally connected to the water. There’s a real humility that comes from this sort of feeling when you are there, that New Orleans is very close to death in this way. It’s a presence in a way that I have never experienced anywhere else before, and it is all about… Every time it rains, water has this reminder of what it can do, and that your existence is this precarious thing that can be taken anyway at any moment by the water. Then at the same time it’s also where all the best food comes from! It’s an endlessly fascinating relationship and when I started making this film, I saw this. You look at a map, and you see this place where the water and the land are sewn together, where there is no clear border. And I wanted to explore what was at the frontlines of that place. So I would drive as far as I could go out into the marsh on all these different roads, and at the end of one of these roads was the town that became the film.

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Teasing BLUE CAPRICE (0’34”)

Terence Davies Revealing Ealing (7’48”)

Co-Producer agnes b. Teams With SPRING BREAKERS For Merch

Plus, les inrocks calls the movie “Godard boosted by Red Bull.” French trailer below [Via agnès b, les inrocks, allocine.]

Postering TABU in Australia

[Via @Palacefilms; Click 3 times for largest size.]

Chris Burden’s 1970s Late Night TV Commercials (8’47”)



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Trailering Gerwig-Baumbach’s FRANCES HA (1’55”)


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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