MCN Curated Headlines Archive for December, 2014

NY Times

“My least favorite genre of film writing may be the ‘What Film X gets wrong about Historical Topic Y’ chin-scratcher, which generally shows little understanding of either movies or history. But such articles do serve a purpose during awards campaigns, smudging the narratives producers and publicists carefully lay down.”
Manohla Dargis And A. O. Scott Situate The Awards Season

“There are all these other people who just say they’re critics and you read their writing and they can’t write, or they can write and their writing reveals that they’re quite stupid and ignorant. Some voices have emerged that are actually quite good who never would have emerged before, so that’s the upside.”
David Cronenberg: Concerned About The Future Of The Professional Critic

LA Times

“It’s not that money is the root of all evil—it’s that it’s the root of everything.”
J. C. Chandor On His Roots Before A Most Violent Year

“Yeah, it’s the business cycle. It’s kind of like, yeah, that’s the mass murder cycle.”
“James Schamus Wants To Tell You How The Economy Really Works”

NY Times

“I was one of the horses of the Louis B. Mayer stable, and I thought the films I was given after my Academy Awards were not worthy. I couldn’t stand it anymore. Like a fire, it went to Louis B. Mayer, and I was called to him. He said, ‘We made you, and we are going to kill you.’ And I said: ‘Mr. Mayer, you did not make me. God made me. I am now in my 20s. You are an old man,’ which of course was an insult. ‘By the time I am 40 you will be dead.’”
Double Academy Award-Winner Luise Rainer Was 104

“One of Nolan’s greatest strengths has always been his control of tone, and, not unlike Inception, Interstellar is a blockbuster bathed in sadness and desolation. His works are distinguished by the single-mindedness with which he pursues concepts; the films become cinematic fugues built around a single motif.”
Bilge Ebiri Gets To The Heart Of Interstellar
Earlier – “On Interstellar‘s sincerity, and the misunderstood implications of how a movie lets you see that we’re all traveling through time”
Aaron Stewart-Ahn’s Expansive, Imaginative Defense

“We never even asked, because we knew those rights are already gone, they’re with Spielberg.”
Why There’s No Familiar MLK Oratory Is In Selma: The Speeches Are Tightly Held Under Copyright And Licensed To DreamWorks

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“Last night’s Oscar bizarreness was not just bizarre but bizarre in a way that is typical of this entirely bizarre time. The rhythm of the yes-they-won-oh-my-God-no-they-didn’t event, with La La Land replaced by Moonlight as Best Picture, was weirdly like that of… Election Night. First, a more or less expected, if “safe,” result was on its way—though Hillary Clinton never got all the way to the stage, so to speak, the result did seem safely in hand at 7pm., according to the polling—and the expected and safe people were ready to deliver their touching but obviously polished pieces. Then the sudden confusion and visible near-panic of people running around in the backgroun, with the same slightly horrified spirit that one felt on Election Night as shocking results began emerging from exurban counties in Florida. Then, yes—can this be happening?—the revised and unexpected result.

“In this case, obviously, the result was positive to all but the poor La La Land producers, with their earnest and spouse-approved speeches already delivered. Moonlight was no Donald Trump of cinema, and obviously a popular favorite. But the rhythm of the night was disconcertingly the same, and the sheer improbability of the happenstance scarily alike. Nothing like this has remotely happened before. This wasn’t just a minor kerfuffle. This was a major malfunction. Trump cannot be President. People don’t say “Grab ’em by the pussy” and get elected President. Can’t happen. In the same way, while there have been Oscar controversies before—tie votes and rejected trophies—never before has there been an occasion when the entirely wrong movie was given the award, the speeches delivered, and then another movie put in its place. That doesn’t happen. Ever.

“And so both of these bizarre events put one in mind of a simple but arresting thesis: that we are living in the Matrix, and something has gone wrong with the controllers. This idea was, I’m told, put forward first and most forcibly by the NYU philosopher David Chalmers: what is happening lately, he says, is proof that we are living in a computer simulation and that something has recently gone haywire within it. The people or machines or aliens who are supposed to be running our lives are having some kind of breakdown. There’s a glitch, and we are in it. There may be not merely a glitch in the Matrix. There may be a Loki, a prankster, suddenly running it.”
~ Adam Gopnik

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” President Trump said. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”
~ Trump Offers Breitbart Exclusive On His Thinking About Oscar