MCN Curated Headlines Archive for October, 2013

“The new footage significantly deepens the film’s misogyny. Though that misogyny was already front and center in the original cut of The Exorcist, the new footage gives a much more comprehensive view of the film’s politics, and its particular take on patriarchal hegemony.”
Uh-oh, Billy Friedkin’s Done It Again

NY Times

“We are not setting policy for theaters across the country. We are one theater in the West Village, and we have adopted this policy for this one film.”
Los Angeles TV Protest Group Protests NYC’s IFC Theater Letting Teens Into Blue Is The Warmest Color; It’s What They Do

“Godard’s status today is precariously suspended between two conflicting fates: overblown iconicity and an almost abyssal and closed anonymity.”
Hoo-boy, Jean-Luc, You’ve Done It Now!

hollywoodreporter.com

“It looked great and it was interesting.”
Jason Schwartzman On SNL Spoof Of Wes Anderson

After 28 Years, Ender’s Game Blasts Out Of Development Hell
“Should Orson Scott Card’s extremism lead moviegoers to boycott Ender’s Game, which, after all, has nothing to do with gay rights?”
And – Mark Harris Demurs

“It marks the first time in history that our entertainment industry has managed to stare directly at slavery and maintain that gaze.”
David Simon On 12 Years A Slave

variety

“Chalk it up to the sangfroid of the characters and their stone-cold greed.”
Foundas Weighs The Greatness Of His Estimation Of Ridley Scott’s The Counselor

NY Times

“Like westerns and baseball films, movies about the experience of black Americans may be seen as too remote by audiences in countries that have little cultural connection to the subject matter.”
Cieply Sweats The Int’l Release Of 12 Years A Slave

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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”