Movie City News Archive for May, 2010

Wilmington on Movies: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Sex and the City 2 and MacGruber…

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (Three Stars) U.S.; Mike Newell, 2010 Prince of Persia, which is probably one of the best-looking Arabian fantasy movies ever, is also unfortunately

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Wilmington on Movies: Shrek Forever After, Looking for Eric and Father of My Children …

Shrek Forever After (Three Stars) U.S.; Mike Mitchell, 2010 Shrek Forever After is supposedly “The Final Chapter.” But that title may be making false promises.

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Wilmington on Movies: Robin Hood and Just Wright…

Robin Hood (Three and a Half Stars) U.S.; Ridley Scott, 2010 “To live outside the law, you must be honest,“ Bob Dylan once sang

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Wilmington on Movies: Iron Man 2, Babies and Mother and Child…

Iron Man 2 (Two and a Half Stars) U.S.; Jon Favreau What would we have thought back in the 1960s, if someone had told us that

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Movie City News

Via Blighty: “Why aren’t US drama schools producing the talent?”

Consultants Dacher Keltner And Paul Ekman On The Science Behind Inside Out

“We were secular Jewish girls in 21st century London, but Amy Winehouse was our saint. Even before she died, Winehouse was our Lady of Rebellion, an icon of brooding talent and great eyeliner for legions of London teens. She was the intercessor between us and the god of hedonism we were learning to venerate. She was both relatable and achingly distant, triumphant and tragic, horrid and beautiful. And when she died, Amy became our martyr. Her death felt like a personal condemnation.”

Elizabeth Banks Says It Best About Fallen Mogul Michael Eisner’s Remarks About Women In Comedy, Tweeting: “Stop Spreading This Bullshit.”

Michael Moore Channels Larry King, Poorly, For The Fourth

Ben Kenigsberg On Technicolor At 100

Robert Greene On Hoop Dreams, Yes

Eric Hynes’ Superb Meditation on “Manilow, Midler, Diamond, Streisand And The Last Days Of The Great American Showpeople”

“In the history of the motion-picture business, the number of beautiful, really beautiful women that are funny, is impossible to find.” So Speaketh Former Mogul Michael Eisner

Much Earlier — “Bob Evans pronounced Debra “un—-able.” He said he “wouldn’t —- her with a ten-foot pole.” To his credit, Eisner told him: “Bob, your problem is you’re not married. I am, and I can tell you, they all look —-able to me.” From Aaron Latham’s “The Cowboy Chronicles”

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“Cyberspace is a literary invention and does not really exist, however much time we spend on the computer every day. There is no such space radically different from the empirical, material room we are sitting in, nor do we leave our bodies behind when we enter it, something one rather tends to associate with drugs or the rapture. But it is a literary construction we tend to believe in; and, like the concept of immaterial labor, there are certainly historical reasons for its appearance at the dawn of postmodernity which greatly transcend the technological fact of computer development or the invention of the Internet.”
~ Fredric Jameson On William Gibson, Cyberspace and “Neuromancer”

“At one point in the comedy dead zone known as Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2, the title character—a stuffed toy bear voiced by Mr. MacFarlane—and his dimwitted best friend, John (Mark Wahlberg), visit a comedy club to engage in a favorite pastime: throwing bleak improv ideas at the comics onstage. So, seated in the back of the auditorium while cloaked in darkness, the friends start shouting out suggestions like 9/11, Robin Williams and Charlie Hebdo to the unnerved comics. The topics don’t mean anything to Ted and John, who, like Mr. MacFarlane, take great pleasure in making others squirm. They could have just as easily yelled gang rape, the Holocaust and dead puppies.”
Manohla Dargis on Ted 2