Movie City Indie Archive for May, 2013

New On DVD: Lore, Side Effects

Lore

Cate Shortland’s exquisite second feature, her first since her 2004 debut, the cunningly, thrillingly detailed Somersault, makes you wonder why we’ve missed two or three Cate Shortland features in the meantime. Australia’s 2012 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Lore is a brute coming-of-age story about five German children who scatter across the countryside in the spring of 1945 as the Allied forces claim the country. (“Laura” is the pronunciation of the diminutive of “Hannelore,” the Nazi-indoctrinated teenager’s name.)

Shortland’s the sort of filmmaker, you watch a scene unfold and you simply say to yourself, I remember, yes, this is what movies ought to look like, what movies can look like, with casting, color, composition, tempo: they can tactile, empathetic, empathic, detailed, suggestive, bold, fragile and altogether a thing of life and dream at once. The blue of inked numerals on forearm effaced by tugging down a deep blue wool sleeve; glisten of child’s blue eyes above rudely blushing mouth, ants prickling at a the vinous red darkened onto a blooded thigh; figurines emblematic of innocence crushed with grown-ups’ finality: painterly yet photographic conjuring.

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Nic Refn On Prostitutes; Hw’d (4’09”) MNSFW

“It’s like sex, you know there’s going to be a climax, you just don’t know when… If you make a movie that costs $100 million, you may have as much control as you want but if that movie doesn’t make half a billion, you’re going to have an issue. Creative control doesn’t mean a whole lot if what’s at stake is so tremendous. Hollywood is like going into a hotel room, a hotel lobby, the Carlton, and seeing the most gorgeous escort girl. And she will say to you, ‘You are the greatest filmmaker in the world, I will do whatever you want,’ do with me what you want, and you’re like so tempted, but you’re also a bit like ‘Am I gonna catch something?’ That’s still how I feel about it. I really want to fuck but I’m not sure that I can, y’know, come yet. Therefore? I have to feel ready to do that.” [Embed via Variety.com.]

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Trailering AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS (2’29”)

Yes.

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GREAT GATSBY Party Preem In Sydney (4’43”)

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Borzage’s MOONRISE (1948) opening (4’58’)

Underappreciated darkness. Borzage’s not just a romantic.

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Class Photo For NYMPH()MANIAC, Opening Christmas Day

They seem nice. Do you think Lars knows about James Griffith’s campaigns for Club 18-30?

“Whether Lars von Trier would return to Cannes withNYMPHOMANIAC has been the subject of speculations ever since the project was announced. Even when the producer publically announced a timeline that didn’t allow for the film to be ready for screening in May, many were still looking for Trier’s two-part work on the Official Competition Lineup for Cannes 2013, when it was revealed. Continued speculations are now directed towards the next question: When will NYMPH()MANIAC have its world premiere?

Zentropa Entertainments and domestic distributor Nordisk Film are happy to put an end to the speculations and announce that Copenhagen, Denmark will be hosting the World Premiere of Lars von Trier’s NYMPH()MANIAC in December 2013. The premiere will consist of a red carpet Galla in early December and a domestic theatrical release on December 25th.

Peter Aalbæk Jensen, CEO Zentropa: “Seeing the film’s visual effects will be a significant part of the storytelling, we’re facing a huge post-production phase and Lars has just begun editing PART II. So December is a good month. Besides, what’s more Christmassy than a film like this?”

To celebrate a locked date for the film’s world premiere, Zentropa Entertainment has released yet another piece of information disclosing the universe of NYMPH()MANIAC; a voluminous ensemble still presenting the main cast. The ensemble still is photographed by Casper Sejersen and features (from left to right): Stacy Martin, Lars von Trier, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater, Nicolas Bro, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Connie Nielsen. ” [Nordiskfilm.]

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Newt Gingrich’s Compelling New Andy Rooney Impersonation

“Here, at Gingrich Productions…”

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Teasing “Cinéma, de notre temps: James Benning and Richard Linklater” (1’58”)

“In 1985, former oil rig worker Richard Linklater began a film screening society in Austin, Texas, that aimed to show classic art-house and experimental films to a budding community of cinephiles and filmmakers. Eventually incorporating as a nonprofit, the newly branded Austin Film Society raised enough money to fly in their first out-of-town invitee: Milwaukee native James Benning, visionary filmmaker, who was then based in New York. Accepting the invitation, Benning met Linklater and immediately the two began to develop a personal and intellectual bond, leading to future screenings and encounters.” [More.]

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Trailering FRUITVALE STATION (2’19”)

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch