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

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“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…

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White House Deflects Experts’ Doubts On Source Of Sony Hack

White House Deflects Experts’ Doubts On Source Of Sony Hack

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“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.”

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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

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“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…

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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…

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“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“

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The Great Edward Hermann Was 71

The Great Edward Hermann Was 71

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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:…

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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

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“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.”

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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

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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…

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

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

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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.

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“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.”

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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

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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

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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