Movie City News Archive for September, 2019

$70 Million Warner Writedown

Truly frightening for those of us who worry about the future of the theatrical experience. But oddly encouraging for those of us who worry about the future of critics’ influence. https://t.co/DuXpcMqIbS — Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikWaPo) September 14, 2019

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“Berman’s songs for Silver Jews had as their underpinning this sour, low-stakes refusal of the smugness and falsehoods around us, many which were political in nature. It was a pickled rejection of the upbeat mainstream. His songs were metaphysical half-nods, cynical but joking whispers, poignant, lazy singing of serrated couplets that consistently nudged their Gen X listeners about the falsity of the world around them. You could even say that Silver Jews’ and Berman’s sensibilities sprang from a refusal of the exploitatively cheery tone that surrounded the terrible things that were happening in a supposedly Democratic decade, such as the premature end to Aid to Dependent Families and Children (AFDC), the creation of workfare, the Clinton administration’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on lesbians and gay men serving in the military, and even canned ‘Friends’-style television. It only seemed to get worse, not better, when culture became digitized and the freedom of the Internet was as quickly commodified.”

“Berman’s songs for Silver Jews had as their underpinning this sour, low-stakes refusal of the smugness and falsehoods around us, many which were political in nature. It was a pickled rejection of the upbeat mainstream. His songs were metaphysical half-nods, cynical but joking whispers, poignant, lazy singing of serrated couplets that consistently nudged their Gen X listeners about…

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The Melodies of Hustlers

The Melodies of Hustlers

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The DVD Wrapup: JW3, Aladdin 4K, Third Wife, Daybreakers, Echo in the Canyon, Rabbi Jacob, Lock Up, Mayday … More

Even though Keanu Reeves deserves much of the credit for the series’ continuing success, there’s something else going on here.

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Steaming Services: Bob Iger Exits Apple Board

Steaming Services: Bob Iger Exits Apple Board

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One Year Ago: When Apple Met Hairy Art

One Year Ago: When Apple Met Hairy Art

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“Warner Bros, like the other majors, admired the bountiful jigsaw puzzle the Netflix guys envisioned but we couldn’t figure out how to put together the pieces,” observed Warren Lieberfarb, then president of Warner Bros Home Video. One of the few visionaries at the majors, Lieberfarb was figuring out the answers but parted company with his bosses before he could implement them.”

“Warner Bros, like the other majors, admired the bountiful jigsaw puzzle the Netflix guys envisioned but we couldn’t figure out how to put together the pieces,” observed Warren Lieberfarb, then president of Warner Bros Home Video. One of the few visionaries at the majors, Lieberfarb was figuring out the answers but parted company with his…

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For a fleeting moment, MoviePass was the biggest disrupter in the movie business.

“For a fleeting moment, MoviePass was the biggest disrupter in the movie business.”  

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MoviePass Is Done

MoviePass Is Done

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“Joker rewrites the backstory of one of comics’ most infamous villains to be one of humiliation and scorn; essentially, the movie says, he is bullied into mass murder..

“Joker rewrites the backstory of one of comics’ most infamous villains to be one of humiliation and scorn; essentially, the movie says, he is bullied into mass murder.”

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Microsoft To Move Many Disney Operations To “The Cloud”

“It really feels like we are at the tipping point for cloud in media and entertainment.” Microsoft To Move Many Disney Operations To “The Cloud”

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An Oral History of Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women

An Oral History of Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women

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“There’s no magic number If a movie is more than 2:20, it will likely cost you a showtime per screen. But if the director’s vision is beautiful and dynamic, then it doesn’t matter.”

“There’s no magic number. If a movie is more than 2:20, it will likely cost you a showtime per screen. But if the director’s vision is beautiful and dynamic, then it doesn’t matter.”

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Screenwriter-Teacher Mardik Martin Was 82; Credits Include Mean Streets, Raging Bull, New York, New York, Italianamerican, Valentino, The Cut, Who’s That Knocking At My Door?, It’s Not Just You, Murray

Screenwriter-Teacher Mardik Martin Was 82; Credits Include Mean Streets, Raging Bull, New York, New York, Italianamerican, Valentino, The Cut, Who’s That Knocking At My Door?, It’s Not Just You, Murray

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Mark Harris Looks Toward An Oscar “Identity Crisis”

Mark Harris Looks Toward An Oscar “Identity Crisis”

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“Daniel Johnston, the influential singer-songwriter and visual artist who painted Austin’s famous “Hi How Are You” frog mural on the Drag, died last night following a heart attack at age 58.”

“Daniel Johnston, the influential singer-songwriter and visual artist who painted Austin’s famous “Hi How Are You” frog mural on the Drag, died last night following a heart attack at age 58.”

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Journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor spoke to the Guardian about their sprawling investigation into Weinstein’s alleged sexual predation as detailed in their new book

“Journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor spoke to the Guardian about their sprawling investigation into Weinstein’s alleged sexual predation as detailed in their new book”

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A Brief History of Matthew McConaughey Dying Onscreen

“A Brief History of Matthew McConaughey Dying Onscreen”

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$70 Million Warner Writedown

“Berman’s songs for Silver Jews had as their underpinning this sour, low-stakes refusal of the smugness and falsehoods around us, many which were political in nature. It was a pickled rejection of the upbeat mainstream. His songs were metaphysical half-nods, cynical but joking whispers, poignant, lazy singing of serrated couplets that consistently nudged their Gen X listeners about the falsity of the world around them. You could even say that Silver Jews’ and Berman’s sensibilities sprang from a refusal of the exploitatively cheery tone that surrounded the terrible things that were happening in a supposedly Democratic decade, such as the premature end to Aid to Dependent Families and Children (AFDC), the creation of workfare, the Clinton administration’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on lesbians and gay men serving in the military, and even canned ‘Friends’-style television. It only seemed to get worse, not better, when culture became digitized and the freedom of the Internet was as quickly commodified.”

The Melodies of Hustlers

The DVD Wrapup: JW3, Aladdin 4K, Third Wife, Daybreakers, Echo in the Canyon, Rabbi Jacob, Lock Up, Mayday … More

Steaming Services: Bob Iger Exits Apple Board

One Year Ago: When Apple Met Hairy Art

“Warner Bros, like the other majors, admired the bountiful jigsaw puzzle the Netflix guys envisioned but we couldn’t figure out how to put together the pieces,” observed Warren Lieberfarb, then president of Warner Bros Home Video. One of the few visionaries at the majors, Lieberfarb was figuring out the answers but parted company with his bosses before he could implement them.”

For a fleeting moment, MoviePass was the biggest disrupter in the movie business.

MoviePass Is Done

“Joker rewrites the backstory of one of comics’ most infamous villains to be one of humiliation and scorn; essentially, the movie says, he is bullied into mass murder..

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“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

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg