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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What about replacing Mr. Spacey with another actor? Mr. Plummer, perhaps.
“That would theoretically be fantastic,” Mr. Rothman said he responded. “But I have supervised 450 movies over the course of my career. And what you are saying is impossible. There is not enough time.”
~ Publicizing Sir Ridley’s Deadline Dash

“Would I like to see Wormwood in a theater on a big screen? You betcha. I’d be disingenuous to argue otherwise. But we’re all part of, like it or not, an industry, and what Netflix offers is an opportunity to do different kinds of films in different ways. Maybe part of what is being sacrificed is that they no longer go into theaters. If the choice is between not doing it at all and having it not go to theaters, it’s an easy choice to make.”
~ Errol Morris