MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2015

“Each of them had a kind of point. Anchorman was clearly, like, what the f— happened to the television media, what a joke it’s become.Talladega Nights was about this weird stubborn pride that was showing up in America, kind of the corporate takeover of southern pride. Stepbrothers was about how consumerism turns grown-ups into little kids.”
Jessica Pressler‘s Six-Part Vulture “Cover Story” On The Miracle That Is The Big Short

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Tauntaun Soup Dumplings, Jar Jar Bisque, Obi-Wan Pierogi
Chicago’s Table, Donkey, Stick Resto Mounts A Star Wars I-VI Dinner

“Claiming that sex-strikes can stop rape  is premised on the idea that rapists are somehow concerned with the thoughts and opinions of their potential victims. There is very little evidence support this contention.”
Ta-Nehisi-Coates Disputes Spike Lee Comments About Chi-raq And Campus Rape

“He was a subversive populist, a celebrity avant-gardist. He was also, frequently, a political artist, one who came of age during the heyday of the Popular Front and never ceased to roil the culture industry.”
Alex Ross On A Century Of Orson Welles

“Rahm Emanuel is giving a billionaire filmmaker priceless parkland for $10.”
John King On The $400 Million Private Museum of George Lucas’ Miscellaneous Art On Chicago’s Lakefront

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“It also complained about the use of a slang word for testicles, ordering the term be changed to ‘cats.'”
India Move Toward Harsher Censorship Takes Toll On SPECTRE: Language, Kissing At Issue

“As long as they let me. It’s the only thing I really enjoy.”
Peter Hartlaub On The Living Legacy Of Satirist Mort Sahl, Still Performing At 88

“We made sure that in every scene the characters had an eye light, just like a live-action film would. A specific light that was set to reflect and give that twinkle in the eye. Trying to get them to move in sync with one another and allow for the animators to see what they were doing was definitely a challenge.”
A Strong Backgrounder On The Origins And Production Of Anomalisa spoilers

“Most of the people in the world of distribution are straight white men and they’re distributing messages that make them the heroes, that make people empathize with them, and allow them to ‘otherise’ women, people of color and queer people. But we were raised to be objects and trophies in their storylines.”
“Transparent” Director Jill Soloway Talks Gender

“I see her the same instant she sees me, and instantly, I love her. Instantly, I am terrified, because I know she knows I am terrified and that I love her. Though there are seven girls between us, I know, she knows, she will come to me and have me wait on her.”
The Passions Behind Patricia Highsmith’s “Carol” Novel

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Carol is such a moving film and such a beautiful film, which demonstrates in a thousand ways why cinema (however moribund or irrelevant it may appear) is not television, that I am reluctant to privilege any particular element of its construction. It is one of the greatest American screen romances of any era, period–and perhaps that serves as the ultimate vindication of Haynes’ outspoken commitment to ‘queer cinema.'”
Andrew O’Hehir Definitely On Team Todd

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up