MCN Curated Headlines Archive for January, 2011


“It could be that bad criticism might drive out serious writing.”
“Critics praise work that doesn’t upset them. So much looks like art but just tastes of cardboard.”
Critics On Criticism Of Criticism And Critics’ Futures

MCN Curated Headlines

Lawsuit Claims Ryan Kavanaugh Bilked Investor Of Mere $2 Million

Russia bans digital security and privacy technologies

Rumoring: Will WB Toss Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 To Paris Into Oscar Maw?

“It was about 30 minutes into Dunkirk when the German torpedo smashed into the side of the evacuation ship and dozens of young men gasped and struggled and screamed and drowned in pitch blackness that I realized two things. I was having one of the greatest experiences of my life. Dunkirk was a work of near-transcendent excellence. But as an autistic man, I was having one of the worst. My chest tightened into spasms of pain and my head began to teeter on the edge of disassociation. For the rest of the run-time I fought off one a serious panic attack. I’ve heard many a commenter reference ‘Stendhal syndrome’, the psychosomatic response towards overwhelming works of art that can cause fainting and hallucinations. Such a disorder presumes a relatively clean bill of mental health on the part of the witness. But what of people whose mental wiring is frayed and tangled? What of people whose emotional baseline is one of constant overstimulation? For them, Dunkirk is a nightmare.”

UK’s Oldest Black Star, Earl Cameron, Veteran Of Ealing And Bond, Still Hasn’t Retired At 100

At Length: Ramin Setoodeh Cover-Stories Netflix Ted Sarandos

Dancer Carmen de Lavallade Joins Norman Lear And (Possibly) Lionel Richie In Boycotting Kennedy Center Honor Reception At White House

School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Under Fire After Dismissing Professor, An Expert On The Art Of Henry Darger

All 16 Artists, Authors, Performers And Architects On President’s Committee On Arts And The Humanities Resign

Cambodian Filmmaker Rithy Panh On Memories Of The Khmer Rouge As Well As Angelina Jolie

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Dear Irene Cho, I will miss your energy and passion; your optimism and joy; your kindness towards friends, colleagues, strangers, struggling filmmakers, or anyone who randomly crossed your path and needed a hand. My brothers and I have long considered you another sibling in our family. Our holiday photos – both western and eastern – have you among all the cousins, in-laws, and kids… in the snow, sun, opening presents, at large dinner gatherings, playing Monopoly, breaking out pomegranate seeds and teaching us all how to dance Gangnam style. Your friendship and loyalty meant a great deal to me: you were the loudest cheerleader when I experienced victories and you were always ready with sushi when I had disappointments. You had endless crazy ideas which always seemed impossible but you would will them into existence. (Like that time you called me and suggested that we host a brunch for newly elected mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti because “he is going to president one day.” We didn’t have enough time or funding, of course, only your desire to do it. So you did, and I followed.) You created The Daily Buzz from nothing and it survived on your steam in spite of many setbacks because you believed in a platform for emerging filmmakers from all nations. Most of all, you were a wonderful mother to your son, Ethan, a devoted wife to your husband, and a wonderful sibling and daughter to your family. We will all miss how your wonderful smile and energy lit up the room and our lives. Rest in peace, Irene.
~ Rose Kuo Remembers Irene Cho on Facebook

“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas