MCN Curated Headlines Archive for January, 2012

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“I’d been married 10 years when I started writing it and I was certainly asking a kind of existential question that I think people ask when they’ve been married that long: what is the perfect love?”
“Her Madgesty” Expands The Universe With W. E.

“You know, we’re talking about maybe 10 or 12 bloggers who have left out of 135, we still have 120 bloggers. It’s not a question of having well-known people or not. We’ll just have quality blogs.”
Huffington Post Quebec Loses Writers Who Decided Not To For Le Free

NY Times

“I’m dazzled by this director.”
Sean Penn Talks Sorrentino At Sundance

LA Times

Good Bye, You Sunk My Franchise
Universal Sez No Mo’ Hasbro

“Hi. I’m Tim Heidecker the “star” of The Comedy. There is clearly a destructive agenda running through the piece, starting with the incendiary, hyperbolic, misrepresentative title of the article.”
Commenters Illuminate Small Blog Entry About Response To The Comedy Screening At Sundance

“We will lose a lot of little theaters around the country.”
From The Arthouse Convergence, Good Dr. Bordwell On Pandora’s Digital Box

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“By the time the sounds of the Von Trapp children warbling ‘Silent Night’ drift through The Giver, you may find yourself wondering what fresh movie hell this is. In truth, the enervating hash of dystopian dread, vague religiosity and commercial advertising-style uplift is nothing if not stale. Adapted from Lois Lowry’s book for young readers, the story involves an isolated society that, with its cubistic dwellings, mindless smiles, monochromatic environs and nebulous communitarianism, seem modeled on a Scandinavian country or an old Mentos commercial.”
~ Manohla Dargis’ Deadly Lede For Review Of The Giver

“It’s possible that in the coming days or, God forbid, weeks, the president could have something more specific to say about the freighted decades-long history of political imbalance at work, in this case between a mostly black working-class town and its majority white government and police force. But this is a black man who must choose his words about race, governance, and law enforcement even more carefully than a white politician would. And this is the third summer in which, as president, he would have to do so…

“Until this point in the turmoil, the absence of the crucial second face in the incident seemed to heighten the distance between police and the people they serve. It grants them both an anonymity and autonomy that matches the bizarre transformation, in Ferguson and elsewhere, of police into troops. The riot gear turns 2014 into a dot on a Jim Crow–era timeline. Since the officer’s name wasn’t made public more immediately, it should have seemed urgent for the police to lose the riot attire and take steps to minimize distrust, to dispel the contagious assumption that silence equates racism…

“What is so affecting isn’t just that 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed when he was barely a man. It’s other things as well. One was how many reports of the incident that first day mentioned that he was about to start college. That’s a rite that’s universally emotional. But for a black male from a poor family, the first day of college is a freighted day that usually requires the sacrifice of more than one person. Black people know the odds of getting to and graduating from college, and that they’re low. That Brown seemed to be on the right path compounded the parental, local, and national outrage over his being wiped from it.”

~ Wesley Morris On Let’s Be Cops, The Shooting In Ferguson, Obama…