MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2011

NY Times

“I believe in what I’m doing wholeheartedly, passionately, and what’s more, I simply go about my business. I suppose such a thing can be annoying to some people.”
Dennis Lim Obits Ken Russell

LA Times

“I believe in the things I make. The fact that God doesn’t want me to make them is beside the point.”
Hard-Luck Kid Terry Gilliam Turns 71

telegraph.co.uk

“There’s not a lot of films I’d watch that are made over the past 20 years, because I’m much more of a romantic.”
Spielberg Sez Not Many Good Movies Made Anymore

“What seems grossly unfair is there doesn’t seem to be any adult supervision looking out for the average investor like myself. You have unemotional, ruthlessly efficient and litigious investors attempting to extract whatever they can from whomever they can.”
Bankrupt TribCo’s Creditors Set To “Claw Back” Bucks From Even Smallest Past Investors

NY Times

“He is playing to the movie industry’s wobbly sense of self, exactly at a time when it is fretting about declining attendance, weak economics and constant pressure from other media.”
Together Again For The Very First Time! Weinstein As Seen By Cieply!
And – “I told my girls that I have a weakness for movies about the creative process.”
Harvey Blogs Freely At HuffPo

telegraph.co.uk

“I have a career that’s sort of stacked up behind me, and if I was once guilty of that sin of doing too much, which seems rather vulgar in British eyes, it can be forgiven if a few conspicuous failures and kickings pile up. So you go through the hubris and schadenfreude and out the other side. And there’s a whole bunch of people coming up behind you who are the next lot to annoy.”
Kenneth Branagh Likes To Think The Public No Longer Detests Him

“It’s one of the great performances in my 50 years of movie-going.”
Vanity Fair Film Cricket Paul Mazursky Chirps For Michelle Williams’ Marilyn

My Lovely Teacher… It’s Never Too Late… Larry Crowne – Smile of Fate”
2011 US Releases Get Refreshing Titles Elsewhere

Oscar? “It’s the greatest Good Housekeeping seal in the world. It’s the greatest brand. It’s as good as Louis Vuitton and Dior in the world of moviemaking. It’s the Super Bowl. It’s just greater than all the above.”
Rocchi Gets On The Blower With Harvey

“We kept all the KEMs and the Moviolas, and we kept all the white gloves, we kept the Scotch tape. We’ve still got a couple million feet of sound leader, sound film standing by for us.”
Spielberg On Digital Editing

NY Times

“A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of Alfred Hitchcock.”
Rafferty Would Like To Point Out That A Dangerous Method’s Mad Character Would Have To Be A Woman, Wouldn’t She?

LA Times

“Everything in the Philip K. Dick world is complicated”
Even The Rights To Adapt His Work

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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