MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2010

guardian

“The entirely expected stew of cod-medieval adolescent derring-do, attention-grabbing special effects, and sledgehammer moral lessons with nakedly religious overtones.”
Guardian First-Reviews Narnia-Treader

“One is for me, one is for someone I know and the third one is just in case.”
Seventh-Grader In Skokie Esteems Signed Copies Of Ebert’s “Great Movies III”

“I believe it was deliberately taken out of context and deliberately overpublicized to further a control agenda at the company.”
Ousted TribCo Exec, Memo Man Lee Abrams, Still Sez Firing He And Randy Michaels A Mistake

“Sometimes the fire… sometimes the smoke.”
Oh Dear, Here’s “Good Day Today,” David Lynch’s Daft Dance Tune

NY Times

“You’re doing this again?” Mr. Boal asked us. “Really?”
Ryzik Starts Her Oscar Season By Wondering What Bigelow And Boal Are Doing A Year Later

MCN Curated Headlines

Ray Pride on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Roy Batty on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Ray Pride on: 15 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

Tom Spath on: 15 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

James Brigham (Bigg) Bunyon on: "The Not-So-Glossy Future of Magazines"

Ray Pride on: Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

Jose Angel Cruz on: Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

I am Groot on: Enjoy Your Groot Soundboard

Ron on: Josh Marshall Muses On Leslie Nielsen And The Meaning Of Life

Sigourney Weaver on: Take A24's Intern Test

‪India Ruling Party Figure Offers $1.5 Million Reward To Behead B’wd Actress Deepika Padukone And Padmavati Director‬ Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense.”

Newhart

Chicago Comedy Figure Brian Posen Resigns A Second Gig

“Grey Gardens gave up the last of its ghosts over the weekend. The once-squalid home of the most notorious mother-daughter dyad since Tennessee Williams poured his own family into ‘The Glass Menagerie’ went into contract last month, and its contents were unloaded in a three-day estate sale.”

“The daily stream of revelations about sexual harassment should be viewed, at least in part, as a belated backlash to Trump’s 2016 victory, which came despite the emergence of the ‘Access Hollywood’ video and several women who accused him of misconduct.”

Bilge Ebiri On The New Generation of Character Actors

Danny Masterson Publicist: Woman Cannot Be Raped By Boyfriend

“Peter Thiel may be looking to buy Gawker after funding the lawsuit that bankrupted the site last year”

Kim Masters

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What’s up with your people mover shot, where it seems like people are kind of floating along?
Oh, my signature shot? That’s just a new way for people to move! It’s really become my Alfred Hitchcock cameo. I did not invent that shot, but Ernest and I did it on the set of Mo Better Blues, when Shorty had to walk [through the park], and I thought, “Let’s try it.” But after that, we tried to have a reason for it. For example, that wonderful sequence in Malcolm X where you hear the great song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The final scene is like that, Malcolm floating along to his destiny. In 25th Hour, after Philip Seymour Hoffman has kissed Anna Paquin, we did a shot like that, and it shows his state of mind. In Inside Man, after Denzel thinks he’s witnessed the murder of a hostage, we did the floating shot there.

So you just like the way it looks?
Yeah!
~ Spike Lee To Matt Zoller Seitz

“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster