MCN Curated Headlines Archive for September, 2015

“A24 has established itself as the film industry’s most forward-thinking company by releasing the kind of midsized, stylish, quality films that seemed on the verge of going extinct, transforming them into a collective theatrical experience, and aiming them squarely at a demographic that would rather watch movies on their phones.”
David Ehrlich Offers Warm Tongue Bath Of Praise For A24 Distribbery

I’m a huge BBC fan but how often do I hear an estuary accent on Radio 4? It’s fighting for its life and needs to engage with millions of people just like the Goggleboxers. There should be a new dish in the BBC canteen–humble pie.”
Another Former BBC Exec Disses Broadcaster Toward, Gasp, Own Agenda

BBC

“I’m going to make a quite narrow definition of culture. And I’m going to call culture the creative arts. But I’m going to make a very broad definition of what art is. And my definition is quite simply art is everything that you don’t have to do.”
Full Transcript Of Brian Eno‘s BBC John Peel Lecture On Culture, Pop And Not pdf download

“I’m not a control freak necessarily, but there’s direction to my direction when I’m making a movie. In this case I wasn’t in control. I was accepting that feeling and I was excited about the idea of not having control.”
Eric Hynes And Dustin Guy Defa On His New Shepard Fairey Doc, God Is An Artist

“Vancouver is a service city, Transaction Town, and if you’ve got something to say, you ought to keep your head down unless it’s got dollars and cents at its center. I urge VIFF not to measure its homegrown talent on these terms.”
Filmmaker Will Ross On The Vancouver Int’l Film Fest From A Local Perspective

hollywoodreporter.com

“The worst part was seeing the American press as a willing accomplice, an eager accomplice to terrorism. I don’t know how these reporters who printed the stuff can look at themselves in the morning… [A]bsolutely aided and abetted terrorism.”
Aaron Sorkin On Sony Hack

MCN Curated Headlines

“How Movie Theaters, TV Networks, and Classrooms Are Changing the Way They Show Gone With the Wind”

Toback

“Godard was a sadist really, and he liked to see how far he could go with somebody and that didn’t show immediately. He would test and see if you yielded. He would make people move around in a restaurant… I would make him buy my Gitanes cigarettes. And he would complain against me smoking, as he thought it would waste the time of the editing team.”

“O’Reilly and Weinstein may come from different ends of the political spectrum, but it turns out they have a lot in common. They rose to positions of power around the same time and used big, bullying voices to secure leading roles in American culture. Both men worked in industries that put up with gross behavior from male executives for decades, and both now stand accused of lording their status over women. Mr. O’Reilly, late of Fox News, and Mr. Weinstein, late of the Weinstein Company, share something else. They kept their alleged misconduct under wraps with the help of the nondisclosure agreements included as part of the numerous out-of-court settlements that allowed them to admit to no wrongdoing. The sums they paid their accusers bought them silence.”

“Hw’d’s Female Crewmembers Suffer Harassment Without the Platform of Stardom”

John Carpenter Sez Making Music Is More Fun Than Making Movies

“It was Bob and Harvey Weinstein against the world. Then they turned on each other.”

Alexander Chee Profiles Park Chan-wook

Manohla Dargis

“I understand Jann Wenner, I think, in some ways that he doesn’t even understand himself. But I knew I had to write a book that would make him live on the page. And this is the life he lived. Even his own sister said she didn’t know how Jann would deal with the book, because part of his story is that he didn’t always treat people right.

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“Most of these women were in their early twenties. Most of them refused to go any further with him, but a few went to dinner, or to some sort of casting situation, or to someplace private… if the stories were just about some crazed sex addict who approaches thousands of women on the street trying to get laid, I wouldn’t be posting this now. I don’t want to be attacking every Hollywood douchebag who hits on countless women. That type of behavior isn’t cool, but I think it’s important to separate douchebaggery from any kind of sexual coercion. But the women I talked to who DID go someplace private with Toback, told stories that were worse than the women only accosted on the street… So I did what I could do in my impotent state – for over twenty years now, I’ve been bringing up James Toback every chance I could in groups of people. I couldn’t stop him, but I could warn people about him… I’ve been hoping the Weinstein/O’Reilly stuff would bring this vampire into the light (him and a couple others, frankly). So I was happy today to wake up to this story in the L. A. Times.”
~ James Gunn

“BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Politics and queerness as spectacle/spectacle as politics and queerness. Pretty delightful, lovely, erotic. A-

“Not since EASY A and CABARET have I seen Emma Stone give a real sense of her range. Here, she has pathos and interiority and desire. I love the cinematography and the ways in which the images of the tennis icons are refracted and manipulated via various surfaces/mediators. Also, wild how a haircut is one of the most erotic scenes in cinema this year. Spine tinglingly tactile that feels refreshing. Proof that *cough* you don’t need to be ~graphic/explicit~ to be erotic *cough*. Also, it made me want to get into tennis. Watching it, at least.

“There are interesting touches and intimations as to the cinematic nature of sports, & unpacking the formal approach of broadcasting sports.Also, I was here for Sarah Silverman smoking. And also, hi Mickey Sumner!! It’s a really interesting film about the ways in which public spectacle is never apolitical, and how spectacle is prone to assignation.

“There’s this one other scene from BATTLE OF THE SEXES that I love, and it’s the one in the bar. You see Billie looking after Marilyn as she dances. Through a crowd. There’s a paradoxical closeness and distance between them. In the purple light, and the kitschy decor, everything is distorted. But Billie catches a glance and you can feel the nervous swell inside.”
~ Kyle Turner