MCN Curated Headlines Archive for June, 2015

NY Times

“The nurse says, ‘There’s a man in the waiting room; says he’s invisible.’ Doctor says, ‘Tell him I can’t see him.'”
Jack Carter Was 93

“I can’t write with any real authority about Inside Out, because I haven’t see [sic] the movie, but I’m pretty much 100% positive that seeing the movie isn’t required to make this judgment. Because here’s the thing about movies: They are made of pictures.”
Profiles In Content Creation Courage: HuffPost Publishes Review Of Inside Out Without Seeing It

“An uncertain journey whose outcome largely will be determined by its ability to adapt to readers’ changing habits.”
Gannett Moves Its Corporate Operations Around

“Contemporary art’s job is to wreck what came before. Is there a better job description than that to aspire to? Go out in the world and —- it up beautifully. Horrify us with new ideas. Outrage outdated critics. Use technology for transgression, not lazy social living. It’s your turn to cause trouble—but this time in the real world, and this time from the inside.”
John Waters Sends RISD Graduates Out Into A Bitter World

NY Times

“Is the problem that we have an unfettered capacity for credulity, for false belief?”
Ben Kenigsberg Talks To Hot Doc Makers About Manipulations

variety

“The day the Oscar ballots closed, I gathered everyone in the Focus conference room, and gave a speech. I said, ‘Look, we lost.’”
Making Brokeback

“Audible and visually recognizable reactions from the public likely will taint the jurors’ own perception.”
One Hold Barred: Hulk Hogan Wants His Sex Tape Kept From Open Court In Gawker Trial 

variety

“Every step we take, we are stepping toward the goal of normalization—I love that word. This is a continuum. The goal is the normalization in having artists and films rep society as a whole.”
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs On The Latest Member Invitates

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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