MCN Curated Headlines Archive for December, 2013

A Smorgasbord Of Cinematographic Know-How From Roger Deakins

“A writer who has refined his craft, sharpened his perceptions, and through them broadened his range of response and feeling discovering an artist whose work validates what he knows the medium to be capable of but so seldom is.”
Andrew Tracy Appreciates Late Critic Stanley Kauffman

“6. Direct distribution will make someone a millionaire this year.”
Brian Newman Makes 10 Predictions For Media In 2014

“The compiling of year-end top ten lists tends to reward mediocrity, suppress original vision, and [kill] independent thought. To cite Dave Hickey, there are far too many farmers in this industry, and not enough pirates. And it’s pretty damned agonizing to be a pirate in a farmer’s world; every which way I look the poisoned plants are sprouting up all around me.”
Peranson Presupposes Euphoniously

“To put it another way, The Wolf of Wall Street is like The Great Gatsby from Tom Buchanan’s point of view.”
“The Great Fratsby”

NY Times

Two Countries, Two Furores
The role of art “is to save the world, make it better, not to inflame the public with scandalous stories that have no cultural merit. Let’s hold tight to those principles and keep everybody safe.”
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Banned Formally In Moscow

MCN Curated Headlines

liza antelo on: Farewell Andrea Gronvall, Critic, Journslist, ‘Siskel & Ebert’ Producer, Longtime MCN Contributor

Troy on: Jan-Michael Vincent Was 73

eht% on: Kubrick by Weegee

Thawn Chwithy on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

Some Random Troll on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

Trenton Moore on: Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Nod Roma as Best Film, Cinematography and Foreign Film

Celia Ann Harrison on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

Celia Ann Harrison on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

Karen Christy on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

The Pope on: "ABC’s decision to cancel 'Roseanne' feels like a gutsy move. It looks like a stand against racism, a line drawn in the sand to delineate what is reasonable and what is not. It even looks like a data point in the 'How do we separate the art from the artist?' debate, and it offers a heartening answer: We don’t have to, because, in this case, ABC will not finance that artist. It’s somehow even more heartening because it comes from a massive corporate conglomerate that might lose money by making this decision. It feels remarkably just. It feels decent. I’m thrilled that Roseanne has been canceled. It was the right thing to do. But it doesn’t feel correct to hold up ABC as a new bastion of decency, either. 'Roseanne' felt like the Titanic, a ship that seemed too big to turn around — but in the aftermath of Barr’s tweet, it also seemed like a ship that was doomed. ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne is a good thing, but it also seems like a decision to shut down something that was about to implode anyhow. With a little more context, it looks like a network taking a strong stance against racism… in a way that also rids them of a show that was about to fall apart anyhow."

“On the creative side, even successful shows are likely to have shorter runs—as is increasingly the case on Netflix—because of rising production costs and the difficulty of keeping audiences’ attention given a plethora of viewing options. For consumers, that means more shows they love will run their course within three or four years instead of seven or eight. For the talent, it means moving on to new jobs more frequently.”

Lucrecia Martel

“The entire industry is speeding down this path that you’ve got to own the wires and the service and be producing everything for your own service into one giant integrated phalanx that you’ll march off to do… something? For the sake of this, Hollywood is supposed to be ready to throw everything else out the window.”

“Out of 17 films in competition there are six directed by women but we didn’t select the films looking for parity in numbers. I don’t think gender should be a criterium for selecting films. I think the key is to ensure the access of women to the film industry. Parity has to be supported from the start, making sure everybody has the same rights and opportunities to make the films they want to make. Festivals are at the end of this process and shouldn’t select the films by the gender of the person who has made. We don’t apply quotas but I’m happy that each year we are seeing more and more films directed by women.”

“The movies have savored extinction, eradication and annihilation for years, accelerating after 9/11, with unspecified menace everywhere, set to ash the skies with snowflakes of death. Genre pictures love nothing more than a brooding calamity. The end of civilization, or even the planet itself, has been a sizzling, seething, sorrowful constant across features and series even before our latest apocalypses, major and minor, began to pile up like dead marine animals on our Pacific shores.”

“Phoenix clearly hadn’t rehearsed smart responses beforehand, but was switched on enough to realise that his response was going to matter – and not finding a good one, he fled. Now that a few weeks have passed and my chronically clenched buttocks have almost returned to their former pliancy, I have to admire the blunt, pact-smashing honesty of it. Not that I can see it happening again during the Joker’s awards-season campaign: the Phoenix who presented the film at Venice and Toronto was charming, tactful and generally on his best behaviour. If he can keep it up until February, he’ll deserve an Oscar for that alone.”

Harrrrvey

Bye Trib Broadcasting

Brooks Barnes

Farran on Films Lost To Remake Rights

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima