Movie City News Archive for May, 2015

An Excerpt From J. R. Jones’ “The Lives Of Robert Ryan” On The Actor’s Pronounced Politics

An Excerpt From J. R. Jones‘ “The Lives Of Robert Ryan,” On The Actor’s Pronounced Politics

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The Cable Execs, Traders And Bankers Who Will See The Most Profit From Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger

The Cable Execs, Traders And Bankers Who Will See The Most Profit From Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger

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Jason Blum Describes The Blumhouse Model

“‘We tried to make a wide release movie, it doesn’t really feel like it, let’s not make someone spend $30 million and the movie open to $7 million, let’s go to Netflix or iTunes and have a little theatrical or no theatrical,” and that’s how the process works. Occasionally, the director and us disagree, and…

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For Fassbinder’s 70th, David Hudson Visits Berlin’s “Fassbinder—NOW” Exhibit

For Fassbinder’s 70th, David Hudson Visits Berlin’s “Fassbinder—NOW” Exhibit

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Jill Soloway Says Women In H’wd Must Cry At Work

Jill Soloway Says Women In H’wd Must Cry At Work, “Don’t Be Like Anyone Else”

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Julie Bosman Offers Background As Spike Lee Starts His Chicago Gun Violence Movie

“Way, way back when I made Do the Right Thing, there were people who said this film would cause riots all across America, that black people were going to run amok. They wrote a whole bunch of things. But those people ended up being on the wrong side of history. And the same is going to…

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For Sunday Morning, Buzzfeed Publishes “The Hardest Game Of ‘—-, Marry, Kill’ For Anybody Who Is Attracted To Hot Ladies”

“Our mission’s to do great journalism and tell people about the world,” Buzzfeed Publishes “The Hardest Game Of ‘—-, Marry, Kill’ For Anybody Who Is Attracted To Hot Ladies”

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The Weekend Report

The earth moved but there was no fault line for San Andreas as it buried the competition in the rubble with an estimated $53 million debut. The other national newcomer Aloha lei-ed an egg with a $9.8 million opening.

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“Unlike Stone’s character, I have a darker complexion and black hair. Moreover, like most Eurasian people I know, have never been able to ‘pass.’ If anything, my racial identity has necessarily entailed a great deal of explanation to clarify that I am in fact Chinese-American/French-Canadian and not, say, Brazilian, Tibetan, Colombian or Filipino.”

“Unlike Stone’s character, I have a darker complexion and black hair. Moreover, like most Eurasian people I know, have never been able to ‘pass.’ If anything, my racial identity has necessarily entailed a great deal of explanation to clarify that I am in fact Chinese-American/French-Canadian and not, say, Brazilian, Tibetan, Colombian or Filipino.”

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“Kael wrote with the same spontaneity and intelligence about popular entertainment as about the films of Renoir and Antonioni. The key was that her criticism continued to flow from the experience of viewing the film–if it made her feel good, then it was good.”

“Kael wrote with the same spontaneity and intelligence about popular entertainment as about the films of Renoir and Antonioni. The key was that her criticism continued to flow from the experience of viewing the film–if it made her feel good, then it was good.”

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“186 Movies That Should Be In The Criterion Collection”

“186 Movies That Should Be In The Criterion Collection”

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An Extensive Before-And-After Comparison Of All Manner Of VFX In Fury Road

An Extensive Before-And-After Comparison Of All Manner Of VFX In Fury Road And – “Center-framed and barreling right at the audience.”

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How The Safdies Discovered Their Heaven Knows What Star When She Was A Homeless Junkie

“She would just go stand for nine hours at a time at an Apple store. She would just write and write and write. It was no bullshit, so conversational and unpretentious. ‘Look, I want to adapt these into a movie,’ and she said, ‘That sounds awesome,’ and I was like, ‘I want you to play…

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“Showbusiness sucks,” Says Brian Cox, “It’s run by people I have little respect for”

“Showbusiness sucks,” Says Brian Cox, “It’s run by people I have little respect for”

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Nick Schager Highlights 10 Moments Of Milla Jovovich “Badassery,” Because, Milla

Nick Schager Highlights 10 Moments Of Milla Jovovich “Badassery,” Because, Milla

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Helen Mirren Says When She’s On B’wy, She Lives Like A “—-ing Nun”

Helen Mirren Says When She’s On B’wy, She Lives Like A “—-ing Nun”

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“The political sensitivities of young critics these days are so finely tuned that it’s hard to know sometimes whether a protest is part of an attempt to create a new critical paradigm centered around diversity, or just some kind of high-functioning troll activity.”

“The political sensitivities of young critics these days are so finely tuned that it’s hard to know sometimes whether a protest is part of an attempt to create a new critical paradigm centered around diversity, or just some kind of high-functioning troll activity.”

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Picturing Wim Wenders’ Borders And Open Roads

Picturing Wim Wenders’ Borders And Open Roads

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Joanne Harris Tracks Loki From Icelandic Mythology To Present-Day Popularity

Joanne Harris Tracks Loki From Icelandic Mythology To Present-Day Popularity

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What Peter Bradshaw Learned At Cannes: “Scoping”

What Peter Bradshaw Learned At Cannes: “Scoping”

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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