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

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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