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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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier