MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2013

“As in Korine’s other works, the evident lack of anything one might call “style” becomes its style, duly celebrated by our writers who seem to have lost their minds to Harmony’s [come]-on.”
Jon Jost On Getting A Refund For Spring Breakers

NY Times

“That would be an odd event if it happened.”
On Possible Changes During The Suddenly-Announced Oscar Enclave 

guardian

I don’t have to work now, but I have to work because it’s not about money, it’s about passion. It is part of my personal evolution.”
Salma Hayek’s Family Values

“Last week a friend saw a screening of Spring Breakers. Afterwards she tweeted that a fight almost broke out during the screening when a man shushed some girls, who then called him a —-. Afterwards, those girls chugged a two-litre bottle of cream soda and a 40 of vodka in the washroom.”
Canadian Journalism Unsubstantiated

NY Times

“This is Dawn taking the lead.”
Academy Rounds Up Members For Oscar Advice

hollywoodreporter.com

“A last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag.”
Jim Carrey Has Words For Fox News, Which Does Not Care For Him, Either

Spring Breakers is a crowd-pleaser, although given its confounding creepiness, the crowd it pleases most is surely the 40-year-old filmmaker’s intellectual fan base… Dunham has tapped into a vein of tragicomic sexual naturalism in which, as in the novels of Czech writers Milan Kundera and Ivan Klima, social constraint (here economic) makes sex, however messy, the lone arena of freedom.”
Hoberman On Spring Breakers And, Well, “Girls”

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”