Movie City News Archive for November, 2018

Gurus o’ Gold Speak Best Picture, Foreign Language, Doc Feature

A Star is Born, Roma, Green Book and The Favourite and Black Panther sentiment shifts slightly, from Guru to Guru. Extra love for Mary Poppins Returns as screenings accelerate, and First Reformed after nods from the New York Film Critics Circle.

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Chris Lee Erects Spoilers For Every Bared Penis In Awards-Contending Motion Pictures; Imagine The Jolly Office Banter

Chris Lee Erects Spoilers Bared Penises Brandished In Awards-Contending Motion Pictures; Imagine The Jolly Office Banter

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The Complete Paul Schrader BAFTA Screenwriter Lecture

The Complete Paul Schrader BAFTA Screenwriter Lecture 

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Ebiri Head Full Of Honey

There’s a movie called HEAD FULL OF HONEY opening today, and it might legitimately be one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/cle4aY9xDK — Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) November 30, 2018

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Obst on Oscar Prognosticators

I’ve found that the explosion of prognosticators has changed the race in the way the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle operates- disturbing what it is observing. I think the branches may rebel a bit against determined consensus & everything is thrown into chaotic array. 😄 — Lynda Obst (@LyndaObst) November 30, 2018

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“Environmental Horror” Takes Place Of “Moby Dick” On Lynne Ramsay Slate

“Environmental Horror” Takes Place Of “Moby Dick” On Lynne Ramsay Slate

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Dana Stevens End of Filmstruck

I was on @FilmStruck tonight watching my last movie–It ended up being Vera Chytilová’s Daisies plus a Harold Lloyd short–& got sad all over again. There was so much there still to explore. If only they cared about film & film lovers. @WarnerMediaGrp @ATT — Dana Stevens (@thehighsign) November 30, 2018

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Rookie No More

Tavi Gavinson’s Essential, 5,800-Word Closing Editor’s Letter: “22-year-old me has enough” “One woman venture capitalist told us, after hearing my very nervous pitch, “I hate to say this because I hate that it’s true, but men who come in here pitch the company they’re going to build, while women pitch the company they’ve already built.” The men…

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Happy 75th, Terrence Malick

Happy 75th, Mother… Father… Terrence Malick

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Bahr on male pull-quotes

Let’s just say I notice when screeners/posters/ads only feature quotes from male critics — Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr) November 30, 2018

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Nick Nolte Joins Star Wars Teevee Series

Nick Nolte Joins Star Wars Teevee Series

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Buchanan on Cute Promo

This is cute… to emphasize the love story of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, they’re throwing a special screening hosted by Hollywood couples pic.twitter.com/ZzSlTrvHsK — Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) November 30, 2018

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The DVD Wrapup: Gauguin, Blindspotting, Skate Kitchen, Wobble Palace, Third Murder, Outrage Coda, Nelly, Luciferina, MDMA, Heavy Trip, Agony, Family I Had … More

The movie sidesteps Gauguin’s assertion in his memoir that Tehura was 13 years old, not 17, when she was offered to him in marriage. In her first appearance in a movie, Adams isn’t asked to do much more than look exotic, pose well and provide companionship, all of which she does very well.

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SLAMDANCE ANNOUNCES 2019 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION LINEUP 

  11 Narrative and 9 Documentary Features To Be Showcased in Competition During 25th Annual Festival, Including 18 World, North American, and U.S. Premieres Festival Also Announces Inaugural Breakouts Section Lineup NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (Los Angeles)– The Slamdance Film Festival  today announced the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs, as well as the lineup for its…

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“The MPAA’s possible sanctions — revoking The House That Jack Built’s ‘R’ rating, halting the rating process for other IFC films, or banning the distributor from the ratings process for 90 days — represent a kind of nuclear option for the trade association. It almost never imposes such punishments on movie companies for violating what is essentially a voluntary agreement to have the association rate their films. So if IFC is facing those consequences, the MPAA must be seriously concerned.”

“The MPAA’s possible sanctions — revoking The House That Jack Built’s ‘R’ rating, halting the rating process for other IFC films, or banning the distributor from the ratings process for 90 days — represent a kind of nuclear option for the trade association. It almost never imposes such punishments on movie companies for violating what is essentially…

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NYFCC

NYFCC: Roma: Film, Director, Cinematography Ethan Hawke, First Reformed Regina Hall, Support The Girls Supporting: Richard E. Grant, Regina King Best Nonfiction Film: Minding the Gap Best Foreign-Language: Cold War Animated: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Mic Cut

Mic Cut

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Sorrentino On Bertolucci

“Bertolucci was an extremely curious man, sweet and sincere, cultured and unpredictable, and, I repeat, frighteningly intelligent. His was a free and razor-sharp intelligence, like that of a great jazz musician. He knew how to make people feel welcome, even the silly and the indolent. He would not fight them, but would study them. After…

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Gloria Katz, American Graffiti Co-Writer, Star Wars Script Doctor, Was 76

Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia “can take command; she doesn’t take any shit instead of just a beautiful woman that schlepped along to be saved.” Gloria Katz, American Graffiti Co-Writer,  Star Wars Script Doctor, Was 76

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Bilge Ebiri

“I’ve often tried to put into words what I felt after that initial viewing, and I’ve come up with some different formulations over the years. But recently it occurred to me that the answer is quite simple: The Conformist was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen in my life. It was beautiful not just in the…

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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