MCN Curated Headlines Archive for May, 2017

NY Times

“His America is a troubled land, staggering from wretched excess and aching losses, a country where dreams have often slipped into out-and-out delusions, and people hunger for deliverance, if only in the person of a half-baked messiah. Reason is in short supply here, and grifters and con men peddling conspiracy thinking and fake news abound; families are often fragmented or nonexistent; and primal, Darwinian urges have replaced the rule of law.”
Michiko Kakutani On Denis Johnson

“I come from a middle-class family and I grew up at a time when the golden age of cinema was over in Mexico. Cinema was my survival instinct, I needed it. I wouldn’t recommend the path I took to anyone!”
Watch Or Listen To Alfonso Cuaron’s Cannes Masterclass 85 minutes

variety

“This was both fortunate and unfortunate. Fortunate because it made Leviathan a public event, so even the name of the movie has become a kind of a meme, a synonym for certain political and social troubles. It polarized the audience in a brutal way, made everyone discuss the movie, and divided not just the viewing audience but society itself. There were people who defended the movie and people who considered it to be Russophobic.”
Loveless Released In Russia Directly After Cannes Debut Over Previous Pic’s Piracy In Form Of Ten Million Downloads

“Write naked. Write in exile. Write in blood.”
Breathtakingly Great American Novelist Denis Johnson Was 67; Work Includes Jesus’ Son, “Tree Of Smoke”

From “Jesus’ Son,” “Happy Hour” And “Emergency Room

Johnson’s “Homeless And High

“Once in a while, I lie there as the television runs, and I read something wild and ancient from one of several collections of folktales I own. Apples that summon sea maidens, eggs that fulfill any wish, and pears that make people grow long noses that fall off again. Then sometimes I get up and don my robe and go out into our quiet neighborhood looking for a magic thread, a magic sword, a magic horse.”
From Denis Johnson‘s 2014 “The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden”

NY Times

“This review will be short and dismissive. Its pleasures are so meager, its delight in its own inventions so forced and false, that it becomes almost the perfect opposite of entertainment. To insist otherwise is a variation on the sunk cost fallacy. Since you exchanged money for fun, fun is surely what you must have purchased, and you may cling to that idea in the face of contrary evidence. But trust me on this: This movie would be a rip-off even if someone paid you to see it.”
A. O. Scott Would Have You Know A Thing Or Three About The Latest Pirates

“You will not just write reviews. You will visit film festivals, talk to industry people, moderate film premieres, write liner-notes for avant-garde DVDs.”
Scout Tafoya Reports On The State Of Film Criticism From Academic Conference In New Hampshire

Baywatch is the type of release that some critics will mercilessly bash because everyone is doing it. What baffles me is that these are the same people who, as I sat in the theater with them, were laughing hysterically at the film. How can you bash something that apparently you found entertaining enough to laugh? Are you really going to tell me something is the worst film of the summer when you clearly seemed to be enjoying yourself? Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson were a hell of a lot of fun on screen.”
Criticism!

“We must continue to streamline our multilayered editing and production systems, which are an outdated legacy of our newspaper traditions.”
New York Times To Buy Out Editors to Accelerate Digital Shift

“The simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life.”
Netflix Axes Razzed Baz

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Feature films are suffering a kind of bad time right now, in my opinion, because the feature films that play in theaters are blockbusters. That seems to fill the theaters, but the art-house cinema is gone. If I made a feature film, it might play in L.A. and New York, a couple of other places, for a week in a little part of a cineplex, and then it would go who knows where. I built this to be on the big screen. It will be on a smaller screen, but it’s built for the big screen. You want a feature film to play on a big screen with big sound, and utilize all the best technology to make a world. It’s really tough after all that work to not get it in the theater. So I say that cable television is a new art house, and it’s good that it’s here.”
~ David Lynch

“The purpose of film isn’t to present the kindness of the world.”
~ Isabelle Huppert