Movie City News Archive for December, 2010

What’s Next For The Schwarzenator?

What’s Next For The Schwarzenator?

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Why Criticism Matters: The Book Review Turns Pages

Why Criticism Matters: The Book Review Turns Pages The Editors Intro The Package O’ Ponders With – Roiphe On The “Weight Of Authority” And – “Beyond The Critic As Cultural Arbiter” Plus – Mishra On Being “At Play In The Larger World” With – Kirsch On “The Will To Self-Understanding” And – Criticism Makes Art…

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Why Ken Loach Doesn’t Listen To Music Anymore

Why Ken Loach Doesn’t Listen To Music Anymore

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The Gold Standard In Movie Posters—Bill Gold

The Gold Standard In Movie Posters—Bill Gold At 90

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What 2010 Films Gained Most From “Screen Convergence”?

What 2010 Films Gained Most From “Screen Convergence”?

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Buschel Sez Sofia Fashions Swell Trailers

Buschel Sez Sofia Fashions Swell Trailers

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IMAX Dismisses Talk Of Sony Sale

IMAX Dismisses Talk Of Sony Sale

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Top 10 Documentaries of 2010

I had kind of a bad year for documentaries, which is too bad because I love docs. Maybe it’s partly because I missed Sundance, or because docs can be hit and miss and I just happened to fall on the wrong side of that equation this year. Whatever the case, I managed somehow to miss…

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Comedy Profits Peter Principato, Talent Manager To Tee-Hees

Comedy Profits Peter Principato, Talent Manager To Teething Tee-Hees

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Fotog David Strick On-Sets The Green Hornet

Fotog David Strick On-Sets The Green Hornet

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Wilmington: The Ten Best of 2010

So here’s my list of The Ten Best Movies of 2010, plus Honorable Mentions and a separate list of documentaries. I know it’s customary at this time to write about how awful a year it was, and how I had to struggle to find ten movies worthy of recognition, and how Hollywood is so bankrupt…

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In Case You Wanted To Watch Nine Oscar-Winning Shorts From The National Film Board Of Canada…

In Case You Wanted To Watch Nine Oscar-Winning Shorts From The National Film Board Of Canada…

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Top Tens: December 31, 2010

There were a couple of technical glitches as the new system settles in – but the lists are starting to add up now. Yes, Social Network stays on top, but Inception and The King’s Speech are moving up the charts.

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LA Times Editor Muses On “Unveiling” Of Resto Cricket And Why Two Stars Is “Very Good”

Editor Muses On “Unveiling” Of Resto Cricket And Why Two Stars Is “Very Good”

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Will Sony And Disney Absorb IMAX?

Will Sony And Disney Absorb IMAX?

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Tomorrow Is Public Domain Day… At Least Theoretically

“Not a single published work is entering the public domain this year. Or next year. Or the year after. Or the year after that. In fact, in the United States, no publication will enter the public domain until 2019.” Tomorrow Is Public Domain Day… At Least Theoretically

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Times Trio Try Out Alt-Oscar Picks

Times Trio Try Out Alt-Oscar Picks

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Meet Bristol’s Colin Needham: He Runs IMDB

Meet Bristol’s Colin Needham: He Runs The IMDB

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Pulitzer’d Food Writer Jonathan Gold Offers Two Cheers For A Critic’s Anonymity

Pulitzer’d Food Writer Jonathan Gold Offers Two Cheers For A Critic’s Anonymity

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Winklevii Say Continuing Lawsuit Against Facebook A Matter Of Principle

Winklevii Say Continuing Lawsuit Against Facebook A Matter Of Principle

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Movie City News

The DVD Wrapup: After the Wedding, Buñuel in the Labyrinth, Bliss, Nuke ’Em High Redux, Tel Aviv on Fire, They Are We, Hitchhikers, Far Country, Popstar, Truth … More

Review: The Good Liar

“It is done his way. The script is shot in sequence and actors learn the story as they go along – all the better to surprise them. “I just want the performance to come straight from their stomach,” he says. At lunchtime, everyone piles into a minibus to go to a church hall. Loach remembers shooting Bread and Roses in Los Angeles, and an actor asking: “Where are the chairs?” Loach said: “What chairs? There are a few around. Find one.” “We always have chairs with our name on.” Loach: “How old are you?” “Sixty.” “Well I’m fucking 75. When you see me sit down, you sit down.” Loach laughs then says: “We keep going because we’re so inexpensive.”

OH, NO HUMANITY

“The first day subscription numbers are impressive, but not surprising, this being the greatest family brand, the one must-have brand in familydom. There’s been grumbling online, particularly from middle-aged critics, about how much is missing and how there is nothing for them to watch. D+ is failing to serve the all-important ‘Mad Men’ audience of media professionals!”

“Howard Hawks was a wonderful director, but he was not the greatest director Hollywood ever knew. The guys with the cigarette ashes on them ignored our greatest directors and humiliated George Stevens, Willie Wyler, Billy Wilder,” Mike Nichols once said of the film giants whose critical stock crashed when New Hollywood arrived. “The tragedy of Willie and Stevens and Fred Zinnemann, these were great men, but they just weren’t part of the froggy conspiracy.” Welles and Ford agreed the director was the driving creative force of their films, but to what end? What was it about?”

Lawrence G. Paull Was 81

The Rise And Rise Of Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas

Joker First Billion-Grossing R-Rated Pic

Louis C.K. for part of his comeback tour “What’s mostly absent now though is the appearance that he’s at least trying to be decent,”

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon