MCN Curated Headlines Archive for July, 2014

LA Times

“I’m a vehement opponent of adventure. Any idiot can go to Antarctica. And any idiot can climb Mount Everest. Even grannies have done it. There are thousands lining up. There is no adventure left.”
Mark Olsen Listens In On Werner Herzog As His 1970-1999 Blu-Ray Box Set Hits The Street
And – “When you look at the box set, it looks like a brick. Like a piece of rock; I can stand on this piece of rock.”

NY Times

“What a pleasure it is to watch a film showing life as it is, not warped into a fantasy of superhuman power. You can feast on such realism in Richard Linklater’s seven-course masterpiece, Boyhood, or sample it in Joe Swanberg’s modest but savory amuse-bouche, Happy Christmas. Both films are portraits of white middle-class American families, the first set in Texas and stretching over 12 years, the second during a single Christmas holiday in Chicago.”
Holden Emits A Quiet Rave

“The paradox is that Farocki is probably more important as a writer than as a filmmaker, that his films are more written about than seen, and that instead of being a failing, this actually underlines his significance to the cinema today and his considerable role in the contemporary political avant-garde.”
Harun Farocki, 70, Made Over 90 Films
And – Jonnie Rosenbaum On The Late Harun Farocki’s Films

“What was it like, I asked this very funny man, a man whose work, whose life, has shaped New York sensibilities for more than four decades, to have had your cataracts fixed recently.”
Roger Friedman Lobs Some Softballs At Woody Allen

wsj

“It’s a financial commitment, no doubt about it. But I don’t think we could look some of our filmmakers in the eyes if we didn’t do it.”
Coalition Of Studios May Keep Kodak Film Stock Alive

MCN Curated Headlines

“The fact of the matter is, I have been engaged personally on the issue of diversity and inclusion before it became a buzzword. Yes, I’m a 75-year-old white heterosexual male; that defines me, but it doesn’t limit me… There is so much untapped talent out there, and there is always new talent coming on line. It’s just a question of where do we consider the base line of artistic eligibility to be. Each of the branches is starting to define that for itself.”

NEON Launches New Label, Super LTD, With Anthony Bourdain-Produced Doc

“John Bailey has the least amount of ego of anyone I know in this business. He’s inquisitive and genuinely interested in what other people have to say.”

“What you’ve just said is bullshit. What does my being 75 years old and a white man — I was born a white man, and I can’t help that I’m 75 years old. Is this some sort of a limiting factor? That’s a stupid question. I’m sorry. Does the fact that I’m a white male 75-year-old mean I have a set position against diversity? So we had an African-American president for four years. The next president happens to be a white man. Does that mean we’re backpedaling? Of course not! And I kind of resent that you would suggest that. So let’s talk about diversity and not the fact that I’m a 75-year-old white guy.”

Stuntwoman Killed In Deadpool 2 Motorcycle Crash Was Joi “SJ” Harris, First African-American Female Road Racer

Ranking Brie Larson Characters In Order Of Sad

Sheila O’Malley On “Elvis, Actor”

Other “Walking Dead” Creators Join Profits Case Against AMC With Potential Damages Over $1 Billion

Miyazaki Returns To Ghibli

Netflix May Need To Round Up Even More Comic Properties In Preparation For Disney Exit

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A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies

“In my own mind, I’ve always been a writer and the fact that I act is, well… it’s been very enjoyable and I love doing it. It has been good for me, but in my own mind I’m just a writer with a bizarre activity—acting—that I undertake.”
~ Wallace Shawn