Movie City Indie Archive for April, 2013

COMPUTER CHESS and Karaoke at True/False 2013

Andrew Bujalski‘s swimmingly strange and dense Computer Chess debuted at Sundance, and showed most recently at SXSW, but an appearance at True/False, a festival dedicated to the crossing of boundaries between nonfiction and fiction, and the surprise Skyped-in interview afterward to the Blue Note venue all fit keenly with the film’s field day with anachronism and its succession of narrative wormholes.

Fine young doc-maker Robert Greene introduces. (There are sync issues.)

Colleagues were mid-wowed and post-wowed, none more than Vadim Rizov, who brings up Thomas Pynchon to the man upon the screen.

(Outtakes and oddments from the film show up in this Secret Teaser, including Gerald Peary’s fantastic impersonation of Gerald Peary.)

Earlier, New Yorkers and Chicagoans were empaneled in central Missouri to explain why movie reviewers don’t know how to write about documentary. Glum jokes reigned.

And earlier still, the annual karaoke shootout, an off-the-books tradution at T/F, begun by filmmaker A. J. Schnack, who was debuting We Always Lie To Strangers at SxSW this year instead. The troops rallied.

And only a few seconds later… Filmmakers rise and filmmakers fall… get carried away

T:F Karaoke from Ray Pride on Vimeo.

Covering Seitz’s “Wes Anderson Collection” (Oct. 2013)

Trailering ELYSIUM (2’16”)


Werner Herzog on Les Blank (3’01”)

Trailering BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (1’40”)

“I’ll See You At The Movies”: The Daily Illini’s Ebert Front Page

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A Rose For Roger

Seat 1, Lake Street Screening Room, Friday, April 5, 2013, before a screening of To The Wonder, which will be Roger Ebert’s last review, according to editor Jim Emerson.

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Ebert’s 2011 TED Talk (19’30”)

Siskel & Ebert On TAXI DRIVER (8’34”)


“Our Roger Ebert wins Pulitzer” (1975)

“This is my happening… and it freaks me out!!” (0’18”)

WED, APRIL 5, 1967: Ebert Named Film Critic

To Roger And Russ

Trailering The 3D Snow Globe Of Baz Luhrmann’s Busy, Busy Gatsby (2’44”)

Will the finished film be cut ever faster, and approximate the effect of a swirling rack of snow globes from a concession at a smaller Midwestern American airport?

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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