MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2015

“I love this world, I love these characters. It is definitely a passion project for me.”
Furious 7 Screenwriter Chris Morgan Talks About The Five Installments He’s Written

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“Nellie is trained in the sciences and used those sensibilities to analyze a data sample; the word “ethnic” is commonly used by casting agents. None of that works when talking about people, and race.”
Mike Fleming And Peter Bart Tapdance Around The Subject Of Nellie Andreeva’s “Ethnic” Casting Article

“The Salon piece, a late-breaking bit of Allen disapprobation, is just one of a great many you see these days; a cultural note that attempts to instruct the reader that ‘we’ can’t accept ‘this’ anymore. One almost universal feature of such pieces is a frustrating vagueness about what action ‘we’ are supposed to take concerning the unacceptable state of affairs.”
Glenn Kenny On “The Melodrama Of Woody Allen’s Critical Reputation”

“We are here to enjoy my gift. We are not here to argue. Let those people speak. We will find them and ask them to leave. I am going to handle this the way I want it handled. I’m going to tell you some more jokes.”
Cosby Does Not Countenance Hecklers

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“It is a magical moment in a marketing plan. It’s fun, even if only 45 people show up.”
Michael Cieply On Buzzfeed, VICE, CNN And Others Who Think It Would Be Fun To Run A Mini-Studio

“In another environment without drones, we would have been limited to a tripod on the street, which is not nearly as exciting as God’s Louma crane.”
Alex Gibney On Stylistic Choices In Going Clear

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch