MCN Curated Headlines Archive for January, 2014

“A backlog of Hollywood garbage awaits Peter Travers’ scum bucket”
Truth In Cutlines

“A movie like this is cause for celebration. With a solemnity so inflated it defies all logic, common sense and presumably several of God’s holy commandments, this is a spectacularly awful film. Breathtaking to behold as it barrels from one terrible artistic decision to another, it’s so histrionically abysmal that it makes you realize how lazy and complacent most other movies are in their banal mediocrity. Its atrociousness is thrilling. I felt alive again as I left the theater.”
Sean Burns Celebrates In The Worst Way

“I think the first movie, you’re always surprised, like, ‘Oh, wow, we’re not getting a 100 Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And then you go, ‘It’s not a critic’s cup of tea,’ and some people don’t like it and then you move on. Otherwise, you go crazy.”
Seltzer And Friedberg Speak!

indie wire

“Film.com had a somewhat tenuous place in MTV’s strategy for the future, though I must stress that I have been told precisely nothing about what that strategy might entail.”
Viacom’s Film.Com Fires Editor David Ehrlich

“I imagine that in the moment, with the shards of his imagination on the floor around him, continuing just felt impossible to him.”
Brian Koppelman’s Fantastically Good And Right Personal Reflection On QT Ditching His Script

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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