Movie City News Archive for February, 2016

Oscar Producers Hudlin And Hill Offer Their Postmortem

“And Biden hung out afterwards. He’s obviously a beloved figure in this town. I saw him chatting with Wolfgang Puck and his wife afterwards. And who wouldn’t? Everyone wants all those delicious chicken pot pies.” Oscar Producers Hudlin And Hill Offer Their Postmortem

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Cieply & Barnes Summarize Their Collected Fear

“Matters of diversity now threaten to overwhelm the institution just as they did Sunday’s show. The academy has only a few months to repair damaged processes, internal relationships and its public image before the next Oscar season descends in late summer, bringing with it a chilling prospect: What if voters, even after a planned purge…

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FCC Intends To Facilitate Cord-Cutting

FCC Intends To Facilitate Cord-Cutting

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Oscars 136-Soul Online “In Memoriam” Includes

Oscars 136-Soul Online “In Memoriam” Slideshow Includes Abe Vigoda, Andrew Lesnie, Andrzej Zulawski, Angus Scrimm, BB King, Bud Yorkin, Colin Welland, Douglas Slocombe, Franco Citti, Gunnar Hansen, Ib Melchior, Jacques Rivette, Kirk Kerkorian, Laura Antonelli, Nova Pilbeam, Richard Libertini, Vanity, Setsuko Haro And Manoel De Oliveira

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Filmmaker David Lowery On Still Lacking Distance Enough To Love A Finished Movie

Filmmaker David Lowery On Still Lacking Distance Enough To Love A Finished Movie

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“Learning by Making With Abbas Kiarostami”

“Learning by Making With Abbas Kiarostami”

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Clifton, Texas’ Cliftex Theater Turns 100

“The Cliftex continues to make, and reinforce, memories for its town’s residents, many of whom show up to socialize under the marquee’s blue-and-green neon when the box office opens a half-hour before showtime. ‘You can see everybody in this town that you want to see in 30 minutes.’” Clifton, Texas’ 150-Seat Cliftex Theater Turns 100

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Polish Public Television Prefaces Broadcast Of Ida With 12-Minute Attack

“These nationalists don’t deal with the actual film. They use the film as a pretext to rouse patriotic sentiment and give vent to their neverending obsession with a supposed worldwide Jewish-German-leftwing-liberal-Russian conspiracy against Poland. It’s their outrageous xenophobic statements that do damage to our reputation abroad—not my film.” Polish Public Television Prefaces Broadcast Of Ida With…

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An Appreciation Of Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Jenny Beaven’s Trousers And Leather

An Appreciation Of Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Jenny Beaven’s Trousers And Leather

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So What Was Up With Oscar’s Crude Asian Jokes?

So What Was Up With Oscar’s Crude Asian Jokes?

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“It was clear from the outset that the #OscarsSoWhite campaign had seeped into the very thing it was made to criticize, just as #BlackLivesMatter has entered the political discourse—hashtag activism made good.”

“It was clear from the outset that the #OscarsSoWhite campaign had seeped into the very thing it was made to criticize, just as #BlackLivesMatter has entered the political discourse—hashtag activism made good.”

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Eric Kohn Mingles At Oscar

Eric Kohn Mingles At Oscar

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George Kennedy Was 91

George Kennedy Was 91

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364 Days To Oscar: Wrapping Up

This show was 85% of the way to being the kind of show that builds the loyal audience and can then build on that audience. Big congratulations to Reggie Hudlin and David Hill. They did it right… or at least are on the right track.

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Dargis, Morris & Scott Review Oscar Evening

“We don’t care, and yet somehow we must because there’s a lot at stake. I mean, no Rivette in the necrology montage? What kind of world is this? Well, this world—one in which our host stood up for less racism, then cracked a joke about the academy’s accountants being cute Asian kids who make our…

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Anthony Lane Peers Down On The Oscars

Anthony Lane Peers Down On The Oscars

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“Sam Smith, the Only Openly Gay Oscar Winner? Not Really “

“Sam Smith, The Only Openly Gay Oscar Winner? Not Really “

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Journalists And Mexicans And Women, Oh My: Jen Yamato On The Anti-Trump Oscars

Journalists And Mexicans And Women, Oh My: Jen Yamato On The Anti-Trump Oscars

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Scott Feinberg‘s Post-Mortem On Spotlight Win

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Spoils Shared By Spotlight, Revenant, Fury Road

Spoils Shared By Spotlight, Revenant, Fury Road

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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