Awards Archive for March, 2008

Is Focus Dumping The Next Coen Bros Movie?

What appears to be a show of support on the surface is sending up big ol’ red flags for me.
Focus announced today that Burn After Reading will be released “wide” on September 12, spun as an expansion of faith in the film’s commercial upside.
But the reality is that September is the place where quality movies go to die.
Let’s take a look at both angles… box office and awards. First, awards, as it is clearer.
Q: How many movies have opened on over 1000 screens in September and been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar?
A: 1 – Goodfellas, 1990
Q: How many movies have opened to over $5 million in September and been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar?
A: 2 – Goodfellas, with $6.4 million and L.A. Confidential, with $5.2 million
Q: How many Best Picture nominations have come out of September in the last 20 years?
A: 10, 3 of which launched on the last weekend, overlapping into October, including The Queen and Capote, 2 of the 4 September releases to be nominated in the last decade.
In the last three years, 11 films released in September

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier