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Mike Leigh on Kerfuffle

At a dinner w/ Mike Leigh this past weekend, & the host asked what Mike thought of the Scorsese kerfufle regarding MCU movies. Mike's response: MCU movies are fine; the problem is that their bankability has made it so only global blockbusters will be made from now on. And: yes! — (((jared gardner))) (@guttergeek) October…

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Ant Man Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp, because it’s a family-friendly sci-fi caper that scratches an itch studios seemed to lose interest in somewhere around the mid-90s. — Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) October 21, 2019

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Loach Marvel

more filmmaking geniuses out here being forced by click-hungry outlets to reiterate the obvious and I’m perfectly fine with that tbh https://t.co/kIijacSnqs — Larry Wright (@refocusedmedia) October 21, 2019

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Kill Nerd Culture

Kill nerd culture. https://t.co/BT9Ya8YawM — Leslie Lee III (@leslieleeiii) October 21, 2019

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“Later, as Adam Driver was collecting himself at the barracks, he thought about the two things that he really wanted to do in life, and he vowed to do them. One was to smoke cigarettes. The other was to be an actor.”

“Later, as Adam Driver was collecting himself at the barracks, he thought about the two things that he really wanted to do in life, and he vowed to do them. One was to smoke cigarettes. The other was to be an actor.”

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Serpico

Pacino asked Frank Serpico why he fought police corruption & didn’t just take the bribe money & give it to charity & get on with his work: ‘He looked at me and said ‘Al, if I’d done that, who would I have been when I listened to Beethoven?’ pic.twitter.com/uJc9OZecof — THE WICKER MANNION (@andymannion77) October…

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Francis Age

Love how Coppola and Scorsese are reduced to "someone's grandpa," as though their opinions come from their age and not their artistic taste. — Akash Shetye (@AkashShetye) October 20, 2019

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“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration,” Francis Coppola said. “I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration,” Francis Coppola said. “I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind…

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Streaming Ellwood

The death of theatrical for anything other than blockbuster tent poles has once again been exaggerated. Summer moviegoing patterns are screwy, but studios and corporations should be wary of leaning too far into streaming. There is a major opening for another minimajor tho. — Gregory Ellwood – The Playlist 🎬 (@TheGregoryE) October 19, 2019

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Francis Coppola speaks

“The San Francisco school was at the origin of two important revolutions,” Francis Coppola said. “The first was the use of sound, because we realized that sound was at least half the movie. That came from the fact that we were broke and had to be inventive with what we could afford, so we paid…

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California freelancer dictat

California Assemblywoman @LorenaSGonzalez has launched a direct attack on press freedoms with her bill. I’d say she should be ashamed of herself, but knowing her, shame is not a sensation she’s familiar with. https://t.co/WbL5g4Ho0W pic.twitter.com/V8Qj9Idbbp — Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 19, 2019 I'm all for preventing exploitation but what's happening to freelancers in California…

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Melville

Happy birthday to the great French master, Jean-Pierre Melville! Over on @criterionchannl, you can spend the day with all 14 of his films! What will you be watching? https://t.co/wignfqOiwp — Criterion Collection (@Criterion) October 20, 2019

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Tosches

another great obit by @genznyt https://t.co/WIbZcNVXIW — 32 across (@aoscott) October 20, 2019

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Tarantino Refuses To Cut Hollywood For China Censors

Tarantino Refuses To Cut Hollywood For China Censors

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California Freelance Law

This law would functionally make it illegal for me to do my job in California. @LorenaSGonzalez please rethink this. If you want to talk about the reality of freelance writing careers, I’m around. Contact me at https://t.co/cPuHPkpasehttps://t.co/6bcAOTw6pv — Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) October 19, 2019

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Joker Steps Now Bronx Cheer

Joker Steps Now Bronx Cheer

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Frances Ha Lives In A Movie

"Frances lives in 2013, and yet she refracts cinematic light from 1959 and 1964 and 1986. She is inside a movie learning that life is not a movie." — Annie Baker pic.twitter.com/LP5I6IYhWn — MUBI (@mubi) October 18, 2019

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California Freelance

If a freelance journalist writes for a magazine, newspaper or other entity whose central mission is to disseminate the news, the law says, that journalist is capped at writing 35 "submissions" per year per "putative employer." ttp://bit.ly/2qsm25D https://t.co/FRCjJVwco1 — Carl Franzen (@carlfranzen) October 18, 2019

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Rump Sues NBC News

Donald Trump letter to CNN…. https://t.co/NekuzkSsSS — Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) October 18, 2019

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Movie City News

Ant Man Wasp

Loach Marvel

Kill Nerd Culture

“Later, as Adam Driver was collecting himself at the barracks, he thought about the two things that he really wanted to do in life, and he vowed to do them. One was to smoke cigarettes. The other was to be an actor.”

Serpico

Francis Age

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration,” Francis Coppola said. “I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Streaming Ellwood

“I have to tell you, for me, the film is 35mm celluloid. I made all my shit on 35mm celluloid. My problem is—it’s not technical, again. I don’t care about the scratches because maybe you got an old print. The problem is, the digital picture has to be a new language. But we do not use it as a new language. People are using it to look like a fake film camera. Why do they not think about a new visual language? If you see these fucking digital possibilities, you can create a new language that is only for digital technology. It’s really stupid if you believe that a digital picture will have the same quality as 35mm. Never! But you have a totally different possibilities in a different way, but you can use it. Why don’t you? It’s not my job because I do not touch cameras any more. But there are a lot of possibilities out there.”

Francis Coppola speaks

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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho