Movie City News Archive for December, 2018

Greene on Hynes

This is a good time to say that there is no better writer on nonfiction film in the world than Eric Hynes. His Make It Real column for @FilmComment is the definitive doc criticism of our era. Yes he’s my pal. Doesn’t matter. His work is essential and we’re all lucky to have him. https://t.co/wBTQv8NXH5…

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Matt Zoller Seitz On Louis Székely

“We were left with a smeary self-portrait of an asshole being an asshole. Most of the set looked like what professional wrestling fans call a “heel turn“—as if he’d made a business decision to un-ironically embrace the persona that disappointed fans had ascribed to him, and peddle it to Fox News Channel/Breitbart types who embrace…

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“Four reasons 2018 was a bad year for the Khans of Bollywood: Why Aamir, Shah Rukh, Salman and Saif need to change tack”

“Four reasons 2018 was a bad year for the Khans of Bollywood: Why Aamir, Shah Rukh, Salman and Saif need to change tack”

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Irish Film Classifications

Irish Film Classifications G: GrandPG: Mostly grand but sure you know yourself 12: Might be a bit of shifting15: Shifting, implied riding, lads getting a box in the mouth, a few bad words18: Riding, young wans in the nip, heads blew clean off, and the LANGUAGE out of them — Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) December 31,…

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“Robert De Niro is, famously, a man of few words. In the past two years, those words have included “punk,” “dog,” “pig,” “con,” “bullshit artist,” “mutt,” “idiot,” “national disaster,” “embarrassment,” “disgrace,” “fool,” “bozo,” and “Jerkoff-in-Chief”—all directed at Donald Trump. At seventy-five, De Niro has turned political pundit, often in terms that you’d expect to find in a Martin Scorsese movie. In return, Trump has called him ‘a very Low IQ individual.'”

“Robert De Niro is, famously, a man of few words. In the past two years, those words have included “punk,” “dog,” “pig,” “con,” “bullshit artist,” “mutt,” “idiot,” “national disaster,” “embarrassment,” “disgrace,” “fool,” “bozo,” and “Jerkoff-in-Chief”—all directed at Donald Trump. At seventy-five, De Niro has turned political pundit, often in terms that you’d expect to find…

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Vulture Funds

Turns out it wasn’t “we’re all streaming now” or “the high street is dying” but good old-fashioned asset-stripping. Just like the death of EMI a few years ago. https://t.co/K1SrzMXydq — Robert Rotifer (@robertrotifer) December 30, 2018

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Canada Film’s 2018 Local Heroes

Canada Film’s 2018 Local Heroes Chicago’s 2018 Film 50

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“I like specialist and second-hand record shops, but these weren’t the sorts of shops I went to as a kid. I spent vast amounts of my time rifling through record browsers in Debenhams, Boots and WHSmiths, and going to high-street shops that sold a broad selection of records for a wide variety of tastes — including, of course, whatever was in the charts. These are the shops I feel most nostalgic about, a nostalgia heightened by the fact that there are hardly any left.”

“I like specialist and second-hand record shops, but these weren’t the sorts of shops I went to as a kid. I spent vast amounts of my time rifling through record browsers in Debenhams, Boots and WHSmiths, and going to high-street shops that sold a broad selection of records for a wide variety of tastes — including, of…

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Cameron Bailey on Mrinal Sen

Thread 👇🏾 Rest in Power, Mrinal Sen. More power to filmmakers pushing ahead on the ground he broke. https://t.co/mfcpstZ2hc — Cameron Bailey (@cameron_tiff) December 30, 2018

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Bilge Ebiri Cites His Ten Favoirte 2018 Film Scores

Bilge Ebiri Cites His Ten Favorite 2018 Film Scores

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Manohla Dargis

“What I know from a life of watching and reviewing movies is that outrage is tedious, and exhausting. Sometimes it is just easier to go with the flow, though much depends on what’s happening onscreen and off. Sometimes, I don’t want to let a movie’s banal, casual sexism ruin my good time. I make expedient…

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Peter Morgan

“They have an uncomplicated mandate to entertain, and that that has led to charges of them being like a Walmart because they have so much of everything, and they don’t have a particular line or objective or goal in the way that FX does or HBO. But I don’t understand this talk of talent drains….

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Mrinal Sen

The great Bengali director Mrinal Sen has died. https://t.co/ch0eV10CEq Tried to do retrospective of his films, but prints were not in good shape. Wonderful filmmaker. — mark cousins (@markcousinsfilm) December 30, 2018

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Agnes Varda, Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves and Agnès Varda. By Patrick Swirc. pic.twitter.com/MVuVqoDXgD — TATJANA SL (@TATJANASL) December 28, 2018

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JCVD on Ringo Lam

I’m deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Ringo Lam. We worked together on Maximum Risk, In Hell and Replicant. My heart goes out to his family, friends and loved ones. Jean-Claude#JCVD #RIP pic.twitter.com/JMs3rSVcl2 — JCVD Official (@JCVD) December 29, 2018

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It’s Time to Retire the Phrase “Diversity Is Good for Business”

“It’s Time to Retire the Phrase ‘Diversity Is Good for Business’”

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The Great Ringo Lam Was 63

The Great Ringo Lam Was 63

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The DVD Wrapup: 2018’s Most Memorable Titles, Hobbyhorses, Martyr, CMA Live, Tailspin Tommy, Gilda, Miracle Worker … More

In Martyr, Hassane (Hamza Mekdad) is one of countless young Lebanese men for whom a college degree is no more useful than a medal earned in a long-ago war.

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“The psychology behind Hallmark Christmas movies”

“The psychology behind Hallmark Christmas movies”

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Voice Media Film Firings

NO. No no no no. This news makes me heartsick. Alan is one of the best editors I have ever worked with, and anything I managed to achieve at the Voice was largely thanks to him. But then, he is also an astonishingly gifted writer. The world will be hearing more from him. https://t.co/YGc6GazxYj —…

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Movie City News

“When we add it all up, what is it costing the industry just to take care of its top-20 producers? What is that total price tag going to look like once all their shows are in production? With 7,000 shows sloshing around in the streaming jungle, all trying to get attention, what is the guarantee that the Next Giant Thing, or the Next 10 Giant Things, will come out of this group? TV breakthroughs, as often as not, don’t come from seasoned workshops, but from newish upstarts, breaking out with something no one thought of before. Who the hell were Benioff and Weiss before ‘GoT’? Would anyone have given them a $250 million overall deal?”

MZS on Indie Theaters

Harvey Has An Excuse

“I guess it’s talking about the fear of intimacy, you know? When I was young, and you’re a musician, it took me a long time to get to a certain place where I felt comfortable with family and loving somebody and being loved,” Bruce Springsteen says. “Really, that’s what’s the film is about. The film takes you on that journey. Like I say, there are two parts to the American character: one is very isolated and one is in search of community. So how do you make your peace with both of those things? That’s really what the picture is about.”

Jamie Leigh

Midwest FurFest Bars Rightwing Agitator Milo Yiannopoulos and His Newly-Doffed Snow Leopard Fursona

Saturday Night Live Rescinds Proffer To Shane Gillis As History of Racist And Homophobic Slurs Expand; Search On For A Replacement Reprobate?

TIFF Audience Award Goes Jojo Rabbit, With Marriage Story And Parasite Close Behind

“A New Era of the Strips, With Gary Larson Drawing, Is Returning”

James Murdoch Talks To Jane Mayer After Disney Buy

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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