MCN Curated Headlines Archive for September, 2011

guardian

“They’re like postcards. He makes charming portraits of cities that are essentially for tourists.”
Woody Joins Mile-High Club With $100 Million-Plus Worldwide For Midnight In Paris

NY Times

“Given how profoundly the film world has changed over the last half-century, the festival’s overall shift from a boutique to something like a souk may make sense.”
Dargis On NYFF 49

“I have great empathy for middle class or lower middle class America… Someone needs to talk our President down off of this rhetoric about good vs. evil.”
SnagFilm Owner Leonsis Blogs “Class Warfare”

Salon

“A work of enormous ambition, a clear effort to make the great post-9/11 New York City movie about death and love and guilt and repentance and family and other big ungainly things. It was a foolish thing to try to do… It’s like the ugly but brilliant orphan abandoned behind the staircase in some sub-Dickensian 19th-century novel.”
O’Hehir On Lonergan’s Margaret

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“The purpose of film isn’t to present the kindness of the world.”
~ Isabelle Huppert

The Promised Land steers into the fact that the United States can mean whatever people want it to mean. You may not be able to be Elvis, but you can sure as shit impersonate him for a living. America, like its current President (at least as of this article’s publication), is so dangerous precisely because it’s a blank canvas on which anyone can project their dreams. Whatever it is that you see for yourself, there’s someone you can pay for the pleasure of believing that it’s possible. In his view, the pursuit of happiness is the ultimate con, a delusion that prevents us from seeing our circumstances for what they are.

“Forget the Matrix, it’s the invention of happiness that blinded us to the truth. The rich got richer and the poor help them do it. Jarecki doesn’t argue that the American Dream is dead; he argues that it was never alive in the first place — that we were all lobsters in a pot full of water that was boiling too slowly for any of us to notice. And now it’s time for dinner. Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States. Elvis has left the building.”
~ David Ehrlich