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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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon