Movie City News Archive for December, 2014

Roger Ebert’s Reflections On Edward Herrmann At The Time He’d Read The Audiobook Of Life Itself

Roger Ebert‘s Reflections On Edward Herrmann At The Time He’d Read The Audiobook Of Life Itself

Read the full article »

“The movie’s kind of dark, but at its core is this optimism that tomorrow’s going to be better than today. The most important thing that I touched on earlier is that I wanted the movie to look like the characters were walking into a painting of their own design – they’re very self-serious characters who are very formal in their presentation.”

A Most Violent Year is “kind of dark, but at its core is this optimism that tomorrow’s going to be better than today. The most important thing is that I wanted the movie to look like the characters were walking into a painting of their own design–they’re very self-serious characters who are very formal in…

Read the full article »

White House Deflects Experts’ Doubts On Source Of Sony Hack

White House Deflects Experts’ Doubts On Source Of Sony Hack

Read the full article »

“I really wanted to get my arms around Roger’s whole life because I felt like his life truly informed his criticism.”

“I really wanted to get my arms around Roger’s whole life because I felt like his life truly informed his criticism.”

Read the full article »

Ciepley And Barnes Tick Their Own Sony Hack Tock, At 3,000 Words

Ciepley And Barnes Tick Their Own Sony Hack Tock, At 3,000 Words

Read the full article »

“I’ve never been a snob about my career. I’ve spent a lot of time playing supporting characters, but to play a lead, the eponymous character, was something. Mike Leigh has always given the best shots for the most unlikely characters. That was true of Dickens and of Shakespeare. The profundity of tragedy creates a sense of the absurd.”

“I’ve never been a snob about my career. I’ve spent a lot of time playing supporting characters, but to play a lead, the eponymous character, was something. Mike Leigh has always given the best shots for the most unlikely characters. That was true of Dickens and of Shakespeare. The profundity of tragedy creates a sense…

Read the full article »

Manohla Dargis And A. O. Scott Situate The Awards Season

“My least favorite genre of film writing may be the ‘What Film X gets wrong about Historical Topic Y’ chin-scratcher, which generally shows little understanding of either movies or history. But such articles do serve a purpose during awards campaigns, smudging the narratives producers and publicists carefully lay down.” Manohla Dargis And A. O. Scott…

Read the full article »

“Lyndon Johnson’s aides are mad that MLK is the hero of Selma”

“Lyndon Johnson’s aides are mad that MLK is the hero of Selma“

Read the full article »

The Great Edward Hermann Was 71

The Great Edward Hermann Was 71

Read the full article »

David Cronenberg: Concerned About The Future Of The Professional Critic

“There are all these other people who just say they’re critics and you read their writing and they can’t write, or they can write and their writing reveals that they’re quite stupid and ignorant. Some voices have emerged that are actually quite good who never would have emerged before, so that’s the upside.” David Cronenberg:…

Read the full article »

Phil Zabriskie Goes Farther Than American Sniper In Describing What It Means To Kill In Combat

Phil Zabriskie Goes Farther Than American Sniper In Describing What It Means To Kill In Combat

Read the full article »

“I’m never satisfied with the way I see my people photographed in movies. I think it comes from a lack of consciousness–if you grew up in a community where you don’t know black people, I wouldn’t suspect you would photograph them in a concerned way.”

“I’m never satisfied with the way I see my people photographed in movies. I think it comes from a lack of consciousness–if you grew up in a community where you don’t know black people, I wouldn’t suspect you would photograph them in a concerned way.”

Read the full article »

J. C. Chandor On His Roots Before A Most Violent Year

“It’s not that money is the root of all evil—it’s that it’s the root of everything.” J. C. Chandor On His Roots Before A Most Violent Year

Read the full article »

20 Weeks To Oscar: Oscar Zit Of The Day

Wasn’t it just 48 hours ago that I wrote about the foolishness of reconsidering Selma as a work of art because of what may a legitimate beef on the detail of the film by a witness to a part of the history the film covers? Now we have an eruption from the only participating central subject in Foxcatcher, Mark Schultz. He is angry, angry, angry at Bennett Miller…

Read the full article » 4 Comments »

CNN Asserts H’wd Should Have Some Femme-Centric Tentpoles

CNN Asserts H’wd Should Have Some Femme-Centric Tentpoles

Read the full article »

The DVD Wrapup: Binoche, Coogan, Lewis, Clarkson, Mamet, Maclaine & Plummer and More

Anyone who fell in love with Michael Winterbottom’s wonderfully offbeat buddy/road comedy, The Trip, should relish the opportunity to follow Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in the equally delicious sequel, The Trip to Italy. I doubt, however, that anyone unfamiliar with or unimpressed by The Trip — or the not-for-everyone Coogan, for that matter – will have their minds changed by what happens to them in Italy.

Read the full article » 2 Comments »

“Sony is the leading edge of something that’s been building steam for a long time: the ability of failing states, angry states and nonstate actors to reach deep inside their adversaries, trigger havoc and make demands.”

“Sony is the leading edge of something that’s been building steam for a long time: the ability of failing states, angry states and nonstate actors to reach deep inside their adversaries, trigger havoc and make demands.”

Read the full article »

WSJ Gets The Sony Pictures Inside Hack Tick-Tock From Michael Lynton

WSJ Gets The Sony Pictures Inside Hack Tick-Tock From CEO Michael Lynton

Read the full article »

Kings Theater Movie Palace On Flatbush Avenue In Brooklyn To Reopen In February

Kings Theater Movie Palace On Flatbush Avenue In Brooklyn To Reopen In February

Read the full article »

Movie City News

“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

Quote Unquotesee all »

“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