MCN Curated Headlines Archive for December, 2012

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In 2013, I’ll write more reflection and less prediction.”
So Sooth Singer

“Eventually, all the assets are expected to be sold, according to the new owners.”
TribCo To Emerge From Bankruptcy Monday; Focus On Broadcasting Expected

“We’ve taken care of the problems that have drug AICN down… I honestly miss the simplicity of the hard HTML pages I used to upload to an FTP.”
Ain’t It Cool News Changes Its Comment System But Still Brandishes 1996 Geocities Page Design


“Reducing the debate to MSNBC vs. Fox News partisan politics, or discussions about what kind of intelligence gathering yielded which results, strikes me as reductive tribal thinking. The debate about Zero Dark Thirty opens up all kinds of other overlapping questions of fact and interpretation–and also about the uses and limitations of art, and the powerful responses it provokes–that do not yield clear answers.”
O’Hehir On The Purists, Puritans And The Rending Of Hairshirts


“You really have to suspend disbelief for this movie… Samuel L. Jackson plays himself.”
Ishmael Reed On A Mess Of Movies He Loathes, Sometimes Django Unchained

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“One of my favorite things in watching any performance on film is when there isn’t a lot of cutting going on and when you get a chance to become really absorbed in the artist in hand. The same way we do, hopefully, at a concert, when we get a chance to really trip in to something that’s happening on stage. Whether the singer’s singing, or one of the other musicians is playing, we sort of stay there instead of cutting round with our eyes a lot.”
~ Jonathan Demme

“We’ve talked about this before in the past, my obsession with the Shakespearean histories having the ideal combination of the sweet and the sour. In ‘Henry IV, Part II’ which we’ve discussed before, in the end of that story it’s very complex and haunting because Prince Hal becomes Henry the King, and he has transcended his hoodlum days and at the ceremony is Falstaff, his good friend with whom he has really fucked around and been a loser with, and Falstaff comes up to him and says, ‘Now that you’re king we can really party,’ and the king famously says, ‘I know thee not, old man.’ It becomes Henry IV’s anointment and Falstaff’s catastrophe. That’s life. I have experienced very little unfettered triumph. There are moments, such as when my children are born, but even that comes with new fears and anxieties. In a sense the better you can communicate that life is both at once, the more powerful over time something becomes. One strives for something where the threads are there because it lasts in way that is very palpable. The idea of a tragedy is powerful in literature and theater, but in cinema it doesn’t work, certainly not commercially, and less so critically. Why is that? I think it has to do with how movies are so close to us.”
~ James Gray