Movie City News Archive for April, 2016

Weaponizing Helen Mirren

Weaponizing Helen Mirren

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On The Fifteen Split-Diopter Shots In DePalma’s Blow Out

On The Fifteen Split-Diopter Shots In DePalma’s Blow Out

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Green Room’s Jeremy Saulnier’s Five Tips For Creating Tension

“They’ve achieved a goal, they got out, and then shit hits the fan again. So it’s all about utilizing the environment to keep pulling the rug from under the audience and what they expect to be the next logical step in the film ends up being an even deeper pile of shit.” Green Room‘s Jeremy…

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No John Wayne Day In California: Racist Remarks And Embrace Of HUAC Cited

No John Wayne Day In California: Racist Remarks And Embrace Of HUAC Cited

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NYT On NY Tours Of “Speed” Levitch Neglects Mention Of 20th-Century Doc, The Cruise

NYT On NY Tours Of “Speed” Levitch Neglects Mention Of 20th-Century Doc, The Cruise

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Christgau On Prince

Christgau On Prince

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Steve James On Sustaining A Doc-Making Career

“If your goal in life is to direct films, direct documentaries, it’s good if you have another craft within the field that you master enough that people hire you to do it, whether it’s to shoot or edit or do sound, or produce for other people.” Steve James On Sustaining A Doc-Making Career

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How Can Filmmakers Who Aren’t Already Rich Make A Living?

“Find yourself a billionaire who would prefer to own a movie rather than owning a politician, because it’s come to that.” How Can Filmmakers Who Aren’t Already Rich Make A Living?

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Michael Koresky Criterion-Notes Petzold’s Phoenix

Michael Koresky Criterion-Notes Petzold’s Phoenix

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Ian Crouch On “The Towering Narcissism Of Jerry Maguire”

Ian Crouch On “The Towering Narcissism Of Jerry Maguire” As – Cameron Crowe Publishes “The Things We Think But Do Not Say,” The Unseen 25-Page Mission Statement He Wrote For The Character With – Its Inspiration, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s 28-Page, 1991 “Some Thoughts On Our Business”

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Favorite Summer Movies As Cited By Jorma Taccone, Olivia Munn, Yo-Yo Ma, Emilia Clarke, Penélope Cruz, Bill Pullman, Paul Feig, Roland Emmerich, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, David Copperfield

Favorite Summer Movies As Cited By Jorma Taccone, Olivia Munn, Yo-Yo Ma, Emilia Clarke, Penélope Cruz, Bill Pullman, Paul Feig, Roland Emmerich, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, David Copperfield

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Universal Film Topper Jeff Shell Confesses Disney Envy

Universal Film Topper Jeff Shell Confesses “Disney Envy”

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Dargis And Scott Consider Status Of Streaming And Cinema At Just This Moment

Dargis And Scott Consider Status Of Streaming And Cinema At Just This Moment

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Friday Box Office Estimates

In the dead weekend before the “official” start of summer, there are no challenges to the king of the April jungle. Three new movies, but only one from a major and all three chasing alternative audiences. Keanu chases the Key & Peele audience with a kitty cat… one scaring away guys and the other scaring away kids who love kitties. Mother’s Day is warmed over Garry Marshall hash… Four big heads on the poster is all they could do. And Ratchet & Clank is a cartoon from a popular video game… which we are still waiting to work as a movie for the first time.

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Drew McWeeny Ends His “Film Nerd 2.0 Column”

Drew McWeeny Ends His “Film Nerd 2.0 Column”

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Marissa Meyer Will Get $55 Million To Leave Yahoo!

Marissa Meyer Will Get $55 Million To Leave Yahoo!

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Tom Brueggeman On How Bryan Cranston’s Ten-Screen Palme D’Or Arthouse Was Saved And What That Means For Small Distributors

Tom Brueggeman On How Bryan Cranston’s Ten-Screen Palme D’Or Arthouse Was Saved And What That Means For Small Distributors

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“The good news is Canadian audiences love docs and they want to watch more. They’re willing to pay. The issue is discoverability and curation.”

“The good news is Canadian audiences love docs and they want to watch more. They’re willing to pay. The issue is discoverability and curation.”

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Indie Producers On Why It’s Nearly Impossible To Finance Features With Women

Indie Producers On Why It’s Nearly Impossible To Finance Features With Women

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A Few Good Reasons Why “Lemonade” Proves Beyoncé Doesn’t Need H’wd

A Few Good Reasons Why “Lemonade” Proves Beyoncé Doesn’t Need H’wd

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Movie City News

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“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

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould