Movie City News Archive for August, 2019

Geimer

No, it's not the perfect headline. Using my assault as a teenager 42 YEARS ago, failing to mention the judicial misconduct that has left me to deal with these vulgar tweets, and then using me shit on a man who should be allowed to do his work, is not perfect, it is abusive to ME…

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Mark Harris

It’s a bit like when someone at a film festival (niche or mainstream) introduces a genre movie: My experience has been the quality of the movie is inversely proportionate to the number of fucks or fuckings or motherfuckings dropped during the intro. — Joe Leydon (@JoeLeydon) September 1, 2019

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Dowd on Culture War Static

It’s all culture-war bullshit, and it turns movies into ammunition, rendering the act of actually experiencing them irrelevant. — A.A. Dowd (@AADowd) August 31, 2019

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Koehler and Marks

You are getting personal by constantly going after what I/many who take film seriously do. If Telluride cut out what you dismiss as Oscar bait, the fest would no longer exist to celebrate Varda (who, by the way, was recently nominated for an Oscar and awarded an honorary one). — Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) August 31,…

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telluride snipe

Nope. Kieslowski represents the Pence-era festival. It’s a different event now. It used to be about the fun that Les Blank would bring. Now it’s about if Peggy Siegal shows up. But more deeply, this is about how it’s covered. The coverage is profoundly different. — Robert Koehler (@bhkoe) August 31, 2019

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marks buttons

Red Buttons took home an Oscar® but not Hitchcock. From Nov. to April it's the same fucking 25 movies clogging multiplexes. Netflix releases films to theatres only to qualify for prizes. Can't we all agree that art shouldn't compete and move on? — Scott Marks (@scottmarks) August 31, 2019

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Venice Joker Ovation Alleged

Venice Joker Ovation Alleged

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It’s The Nineteenth Year For “Chasing The Buzz” With Peter Howell From Toronto

It’s The Nineteenth Year For “Chasing The Buzz” With  Peter Howell From Toronto; Here’s Forty Potential Highlights

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Podcasts

When I was younger I was self-conscious about my diction because I’d learned many of the words I used from books and would say them wrong. Now, listening to podcasts in the age of the internet, I’m pleased to see that no one can correctly pronounce anything. — Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) August 31, 2019

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Peter Bart Takes Trump To The Movies With An Insight That His Mind Might Be Like That Of Chance The Gardener From This Movie From His Era Called Being There

Peter Bart Takes Trump To The Movies With An Insight That His Mind Might Be Like That Of Chance The Gardener From This Movie From His Era Called Being There

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Filmmaker’s Got The 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2019

Filmmaker’s Got 2019’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film 

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Harper

#BREAKING Actress Valerie Harper, known for 'Rhoda," 'Mary Tyler Moore Show," dies at 80, family sayshttps://t.co/ker20tZqPf — ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 30, 2019

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Joel Schumacher Speaks

Have you ever guessed the number of partners you’ve had? It would be in the double-digit thousands, but that is not unusual. Double-digit thousands. You mean like 2,000 or 3,000? That’s not double digits, that’s single digits. Oh! So 20,000 or 30,000. Somewhere in there. Or 10, or 20. That’s really amazing. It’s not for…

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Mark Harris on closing Paris Theater

RIP Manhattan's last commercial single-screen moviehouse, and with it, goodbye to a whole mode and era of moviegoing. I understand why it's gone and don't really want it back, but I can still shed a tear. https://t.co/Ne97bbBIzd — Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) August 29, 2019

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Ziegfeld Theater

Wish I had been able to attend the last picture show at the Paris, the way I did for Manhattan's late, great Ziegfeld. I covered that theater's closing night for @YahooEnt, which was also the last time I saw Force Awakens on the big screenhttps://t.co/lO81NJiCWQ — Ethan Alter (@ethanalter) August 30, 2019

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Twitter won’t autoban Nazis because the filters may ban GOP politicians

“Twitter won’t autoban Nazis because the filters may ban GOP politicians”

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RACHEL SYME

i need to stress this: if you live in new york city, you are now a historian, moving through a future lost place; write it down, remember it. it's probably going to outlive you, but it won't stay this way forever, and people will need to look to you to know what it was like…

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Nat Geo Traveler

I'm sad to post the news today the December-January issue of National Geographic Traveler will be its last. Its end, at age 35, is due to the medium through which you are reading these words, but on which Nat Geo… https://t.co/5bGQbu2MVc — Andrew Nelson (@andrewnelson) August 29, 2019

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Saudi Filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour

“No matter what the political situation is,  art should always prevail and be given top priority, because it is what pushes for civilization to grow, what shapes people’s minds and hearts. It’s important not to give up on that.” Saudi Filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour

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Dying Theaters

We’re fully in the era where cinemas as we know them are becoming extinct. Even great movie cities will, in 10-15 years, have only a handful of operating cinemas. https://t.co/x7fG0zd06X — Robert Koehler (@bhkoe) August 30, 2019

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Movie City News

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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho