Movie City News Archive for August, 2011

The Atlantic Casts Preemptive Ballot For Andy Serkis

The Atlantic Casts Preemptive Ballot For Andy Serkis

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New Regency Co-Chairmen Parker And Harper Set To Exit By Year-End

New Regency Co-Chairmen Parker And Harper Set To Exit

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Death At 99 Of Seo Mitsuyo, Pioneer Japanese Animator, Reported A Year After

Death At 99 Of Seo Mitsuyo, Pioneer Japanese Animator, Reported A Year Past

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Do Euro Directors Really Not Need H’wd Any More?

Do Euro Directors Really Not Need H’wd Any More?

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Blair Witch, We Have A Problem: NASA Not So High On Apollo 18

Blair Witch, We Have A Problem: NASA Not So High On Apollo 18

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The DVD Wrapup: In a Better World, The Complete Jean Vigo, If …, Orpheus, Cell 211, Phantom Pain, Skateland, Wrecked, True Adolescents …

In a Better World: Blu-ray The winner of the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film poses several interesting challenges for its characters and audiences. First, it tests the convictions of modern-day Christians to live up to lessons taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Beyond that, by setting “In a Better World”…

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Patton Oswalt On Patience And Goodness And The Funny In The Internet Age

Patton Oswalt On Patience And Goodness And The Funny In The Internet Age

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Jonnie Rosenbaum Likes Raul Ruiz’s Camera Moves

Jonnie Rosenbaum Likes Raúl Ruiz’s Camera Moves

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Brit Art Critic Has Doubts About Soderbergh’s Painterly Turn

Brit Art Critic Has Doubts About Soderbergh’s Painterly Turn

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Madonna’s “Sex” Sought

Madonna’s “Sex” Sought

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John Cleese: Grump

John Cleese: Grump

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The Work Of Stanley Kubrick Refined Into Animated “Cinematographs”

The Work Of Stanley Kubrick Refined Into Animated “Cinematographs”

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Broadway Loses Its “Phantom” After 9,382 Perfs

Broadway Loses Its “Phantom” After 9,382 Perfs

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Surveying TIFF Titles Without U. S. Distribution

Surveying TIFF Titles Without U. S. Distribution And – MCN’s Look At Same (With An Oscar Bent) Four Weeks Ago

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Inside Silencio, David Lynch’s Paris Nightclub

Inside Silencio, David Lynch’s Paris Nightclub

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Wilmington on DVDs. Picks of the Week, Classic: Cul-de-sac, An Affair to Remember. New: Police, Adjective

PICK OF THE WEEK: CLASSIC Cul-de-sac (Four Stars) U.K.: Roman Polanski, 1966 (Criterion) Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac — one of the great English-language films of the ‘60s, a classic of neo-noir and of ’60s dark British comedy — begins with a long, still shot of a car on a road in a nearly empty landscape. The…

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TribCo Management Excels Again, Asking Bankruptcy Court For Further $42.5 Million In “Retention” Bonuses For 640 Managers

TribCo Management Excels Again, Asking Bankruptcy Court For Further $42.5 Million In “Retention” Bonuses For 640 Managers

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“My Neighbor, Steve Jobs”

“My Neighbor, Steve Jobs”

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Ebert On His App

Ebert On His App

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Cameron Crowe’s Got Say Anything On His Mind

Cameron Crowe’s Got Say Anything On His Mind

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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