Movie City News Archive for March, 2011

Wilmington on Movies: Hop

“I still hadn’t wised up when E.B. decamped to Hollywood, where he hooks up with Fred, and starts pooping jellybeans and trying to come up with so-called humor (lame zingers and amazingly laugh-challenged wisecracks), and where the movie definitively revealed its true agenda: bad jokes and L. A. clichés, mixed with elaborate animation, TV trendiness and loud, bright icky-poo cutes.”

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Wilmington on Movies: The Afterlight

“I liked the movie very much, and when some of its early festival admirers compared it to Michelangelo and Ingmar Bergman, they had some justification. The Afterlight is obviously made by filmmakers who know and admire Antonioni and Bergman, and who would probably be pleased by the comparison — and the images, scenes and emotions often suggest those two masters.”

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“The Blood-Soaked Rise Of South Korean Cinema”

“The Blood-Soaked Rise Of South Korean Cinema”

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Anne-T Reports Not Only Is Tree Of Life Not Opening In UK Before Cannes, But Summit’s Taken Icon To Arbitration Over Rights

Anne-T Reports Not Only Is Tree Of Life Not Opening In UK Before Cannes, But Summit’s Taken Icon To Arbitration Over Rights

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Antisocial Media: “Malcolm Gladwell’s Still Got It Wrong”

Antisocial Media: “Malcolm Gladwell’s Still Got It Wrong”

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Austerlitz On Tavernier And The French “Tradition Of Quality”

Austerlitz On Tavernier And The French “Tradition Of Quality”

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AMC THEATRES® CUES “ACTION” ON NEW AMC STUBS™ REWARDS PROGRAM

AMC Celebrates Official Nation-wide Launch and Kick Off to the “Search for Stubs Challenge” Las Vegas (March 31, 2011) — AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, today officially unveiled AMC Stubs — the company’s new rewards program — to a crowd of CinemaCon attendees in Las Vegas. AMC Stubs is a new spend-based rewards program that…

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Some Concept Art From Pixar’s 2012 Brave

Some Concept Art From Pixar’s 2012 Brave

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Animating Source Code’s “Many Worlds” Theory

Animating Source Code‘s “Many Worlds” Theory

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How A Game Of Golf Triggered A $10 Million Toronto Noir With Samuel L. Jackson

How A Game Of Golf Triggered A $10 Million Toronto Noir With Sam Jackson

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Telegraph Favors Deep Brit Arts Funding Cuts

Telegraph Favors Deep Brit Arts Funding Cuts

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Malaysia’s First Gay Film A Controversial Hit

Malaysia’s First Gay Film A Controversial Hit

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AMC Gives You “Stubs”

AMC Gives You “Stubs”

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Howell On The First Six Months Of The TIFF Lightbox

Howell On The First Six Months Of  Toronto’s Ambitious TIFF Lightbox Cinema Plus – TIFF Fundraising Goals At 96% Of Its $196 Million Capital And Endowment

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Todd Phillips Sez K.O. VOD Plan: “If I had wanted to make movies for television, I would have been a TV director.”

Todd Phillips Sez K.O. VOD Plan: “If I had wanted to make movies for television, I would have been a TV director.”

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Dante Ferreri Considers His Life Of Production Design

Dante Ferreri Considers His Life Of Production Design

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Sony Online Entertainment Terminates 205 Jobs; Kills A Game 5 Years In Development

Sony Online Entertainment Terminates 205 Jobs; Kills A Game 5 Years In Development

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Mass Lawsuit Against Downloaders Is On Behalf Of… Nude Nuns with Big Guns

Mass Lawsuit Against Downloaders Is On Behalf Of… Nude Nuns with Big Guns With – A Widget To Click To See If Your IP Address Is In The Complaint

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“I’ve Seen Every Woody Allen Movie”

“I’ve Seen Every Woody Allen Movie”

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FrancoFrancoFranco: “The Tasmanian Devil Would Look Stoned Next To Anne Hathaway”

FrancoFrancoFranco: “The Tasmanian Devil Would Look Stoned Next To Anne Hathaway”

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima