MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2017

“The greatest nightmare of any filmmaking experience I’ve ever had.”
Taylor Hackford Remembers Rocking Good Times Filming Chuck Berry

indie wire

“They don’t make very many comedies anymore, if you look at the marketplace. Comedies are really the one thing that’s gone by the wayside. There’s only a few people that mean anything in the world of comedy nowadays. Mainly, it’s women, the Melissa McCarthys. And they’re hysterical.”
Bobby Farrelly Says Comedy Filmmakers Are “Too “Sensitive”

“A lot of filmmakers invest in a story for years, but they also have stories they want to tell quickly. We wanted to utilize that moment and that way of thinking to bring cinematic and artistic works to the internet.”
Behind The Field Of Vision Doc Strand

“From Lee Garmes, I learned simplicity. He had an eye for composition and good taste. Boris Kaufman was from a different generation; he was a master of hard light. Like Harry Stradling, he knew how to use one large source and make it do the work of many lamps.”
Cinematographer Sol Negrin Was 88

“The broadband privacy rules are not some kind of blitzkrieg attack on monetizing consumer data, but simply a recognition of the importance of consumer consent.”
Senate GOP Votes To Allow Internet Providers To Sell User Private Data, Including Browsing History, Without User Consent

“Quite who Warner Bros imagined their target audience was for this is a mystery on a par with the Zodiac killings: the material seems aimed at a hyperactive eight-year-old boy with the jaded sexual palate of a vengeful divorcé.”
Robbie Collin Boots CHiPS Reboot

LA Times

“Horror is like any other genre – there are bad horror movies and great horror movies – but I think the great part of horror movies is discounted by the coastal elites, and it shouldn’t be. Horror has been kind of a forgotten genre, but what I’m doing – and will continue to do – is to say let’s not forget about it because it can be really important and relevant.”
Jason Blum

“He gave me dialogue pages, or sometimes it was even long monologues that he would type out the night before shooting, or even on the same day. Then he’d say, ‘Find what speaks to you.’ So you’d find one or two lines out of pages and pages that felt like something you would say, and you’d use that.”
Natalie Portman On Her Terrence Malick Double Feature

“I’m hands-off from now on. It’s not a fun use of my time. I’m really devoted to doing as many comics as I can, where I [don’t] have to hang up the green eyeshade that we cartoonists all wear. With our sleeve garters.”
Daniel Clowes On Wilson

“We’re super-special beings! We really are! And we have a glorious future—if only we could realize that and grow rapidly toward that, it would be beautiful. The key to it is the transcendent—this deepest, eternal level of life, the big treasury within every human being. When any one human being experiences that deepest level, they grow in that—all positive—and life gets better. They say the purpose of life is the expansion of happiness—beautiful description of what it’s all about. It’s real simple. We’re not meant to suffer. We’re meant to be blissful and enjoy life and enjoy all diversity.”
Guess The Auteur

“It is easy for artists to self-censor, to convince yourself to not make something before you even try. There were many reasons why I could not, should not, make this painting [but] art can be a space for empathy, a vehicle for connection.”
Artists Denounce Painting Of Emmett Till By White British Artist


“Some studios are weighing a scenario where movies could be made available for rental at a higher price as soon as they dip below a certain number of screens. The thinking is that it doesn’t make sense for a movie to stay exclusively in theaters if it isn’t being widely shown.”
Report: Studios Inch Toward Jettisoning As Much Of Theatrical Window As Exhibitors Will Allow

“There was a column for nature films and another for what are internally known as ‘brand deposit’ titles, modestly-budgeted movies that maintain the Disney brand but aren’t expected to be huge hits. (Think Saving Mr. Banks or Queen of Katwe).”
In The Kingdom Of The Remake

“Maybe if Condon had not mentioned the gay element, people wouldn’t be so curious and we could let it go with a potentially minor cut. And this whole thing may not have been an issue. We at LPF want to preserve films as much as how they are intended by the director, but the moment the gay element is thrown into the mix, we had to protect ourselves.”
Malaysia Backs Down On Beauty And The Beast Cuts

indie wire

“Our best and most talented, passionate filmmakers vehemently do not want their films to be viewed first and foremost on a phone, on the train to work, while checking email, while chopping vegetables for the evening meal, on mute with subtitles while rocking a baby to sleep, or while dozing off before bed. The reality is, most Netflix content is ‘consumed’ in a less-than-ideal environment.”
Drafthouse’s Tim League v. Netflix

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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott