Movie City News Archive for December, 2013

20 Weeks To Oscar: Why Amy Adams Deserves To a Win Best Actress This Year (Spoilers)

American Hustle is about the human condition. And almost everyone in the film is on some kind of con. At the center of the emotional parallelogram of the film is Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams. She is not a good girl. She is perfectly willing to play the game… whatever game will get her where she needs to get right now.

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Best Of 2013: Features

The twenty-five films that follow all possess a “wow” factor. There’s a wealth of disparate, eye-widening goodness. Movies, large and small alike, are going interesting places. Then, alphabetically, thirty-four more samples of 2013’s bounty.

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The Top Ten Lists: 2013

With more than 70 lists, there are 146 films on the scorecard. There’s a lot of agreement in the top spots, with Gravity still leading the lists, but a few are climbing the chart. Dallas Buyers Club and Short Term 12 break the top 20.

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Tim Gray Sez There Are Dangers In The Oscar Ballot

Tim Gray Sez There Are Dangers In The Oscar Ballot

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Ted Hope On Movie Profits And Hw’d’s Definition Of “Backend”

Ted Hope On Movie Profits And Hw’d’s Definition Of “Backend”

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New York Man Has 10,607 Video Games In His Basement

New York Man Has 10,607 Video Games In His Basement

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“What Jerry Lewis discovered is what Chaplin knew: comedy and pathos must come from the same place: character.”

“What Jerry Lewis discovered is what Chaplin knew: comedy and pathos must come from the same place: character.”

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Dull Plagiarist Continues To Plagiarize Apologies

Dull Plagiarist Continues To Plagiarize Apologies

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From Forbes: Roula Khalaf’s October 14, 1991 Jordan Belfort Profile, “Steaks, Stocks — What’s The Difference?”

From Forbes: Roula Khalaf‘s October 14, 1991 Jordan Belfort Profile, “Steaks, Stocks—What’s The Difference?”

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The DVD Wrapup

Una Noche, Sweetwater, Berlin File, Bellman Equation, Love Marilyn, Zombie Hamlet, Hell Baby, Wolfblood and so much more.

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The Top 25 Toronto Movies

The Top 25 Toronto Movies

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The Costumes Of The Year 2013

The Costumes Of The Year 2013 And – Suiting Elliott Gould In The Long Goodbye

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So Maybe The Cat Is Llewyn Davis?

So Maybe The Cat Is Llewyn Davis?

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Hope Lists His 2013 Indie “Brave Thinkers And Doers”

Hope Lists His 2013 Indie “Brave Thinkers And Doers”

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“No, they pushed me to be nastier and scream louder and say more swear words. I was completely relaxed. It was so cathartic, especially coming off Gatsby, the only film where I’ve played a character who’s meant to be pretty. So to come off that film and just put on a big black dark wig, no makeup and march around was great. It was like stomping around in the mud after being in a pretty dress, which was exactly what I wanted to do.”

“No, they pushed me to be nastier and scream louder and say more swear words. I was completely relaxed. It was so cathartic, especially coming off Gatsby, the only film where I’ve played a character who’s meant to be pretty. So to come off that film and just put on a big black dark wig, no…

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On The Imminent Death Of Net Neutrality And How It Will Change The Internet As We Know It

On The Imminent Death Of Net Neutrality And How It Will Change The Internet As We Know It

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Upon His Retirement At 80, Observer Critic Gets One-Of-A-Kind Gift From 97-Year-Old Reader

Upon His Retirement At 80, Observer Critic Gets One-Of-A-Kind Gift From 97-Year-Old Reader

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A Smorgasbord Of Cinematographic Know-How From Roger Deakins

A Smorgasbord Of Cinematographic Know-How From Roger Deakins

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Andrew Tracy Appreciates Late Critic Stanley Kauffman

“A writer who has refined his craft, sharpened his perceptions, and through them broadened his range of response and feeling discovering an artist whose work validates what he knows the medium to be capable of but so seldom is.” Andrew Tracy Appreciates Late Critic Stanley Kauffman

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Brian Newman Makes 10 Predictions For Media In 2014

“6. Direct distribution will make someone a millionaire this year.” Brian Newman Makes 10 Predictions For Media In 2014

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“When we add it all up, what is it costing the industry just to take care of its top-20 producers? What is that total price tag going to look like once all their shows are in production? With 7,000 shows sloshing around in the streaming jungle, all trying to get attention, what is the guarantee that the Next Giant Thing, or the Next 10 Giant Things, will come out of this group? TV breakthroughs, as often as not, don’t come from seasoned workshops, but from newish upstarts, breaking out with something no one thought of before. Who the hell were Benioff and Weiss before ‘GoT’? Would anyone have given them a $250 million overall deal?”

MZS on Indie Theaters

Harvey Has An Excuse

“I guess it’s talking about the fear of intimacy, you know? When I was young, and you’re a musician, it took me a long time to get to a certain place where I felt comfortable with family and loving somebody and being loved,” Bruce Springsteen says. “Really, that’s what’s the film is about. The film takes you on that journey. Like I say, there are two parts to the American character: one is very isolated and one is in search of community. So how do you make your peace with both of those things? That’s really what the picture is about.”

Jamie Leigh

Midwest FurFest Bars Rightwing Agitator Milo Yiannopoulos and His Newly-Doffed Snow Leopard Fursona

Saturday Night Live Rescinds Proffer To Shane Gillis As History of Racist And Homophobic Slurs Expand; Search On For A Replacement Reprobate?

TIFF Audience Award Goes Jojo Rabbit, With Marriage Story And Parasite Close Behind

“A New Era of the Strips, With Gary Larson Drawing, Is Returning”

James Murdoch Talks To Jane Mayer After Disney Buy

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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