MCN Curated Headlines Archive for July, 2017

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“Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films. They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation. So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity. You can see that Amazon is very clearly happy to not make that same mistake. The theaters have a 90-day window. It’s a perfectly usable model. It’s terrific.”
Christopher Nolan Calls Netflix Distribution Plans A “Mindless Policy”

“We understand that our approach to films, debuting movies on Netflix first, is counter to Hollywood’s century-old windowing tradition [sic]. But just as we changed and reinvented the TV business by putting consumers first and making access to content more convenient, we believe internet TV can similarly reinvigorate the film business.”
Netflix On Dropping 50 Largely Low-Budget Features Into Its Menus This Year

“I wonder how the film would have been received if it were released two years before. The French critics understood it. My problem was with the social networks, the blogs. There are a lot of haters on these platforms.”
Bertrand Bonello On Nocturama

“Later that night, George called us in London. I remember standing in my flat in Islington when I got the call from him and he couldn’t have been warmer and kinder about the movie. I remember him saying that it was ‘an absolute blast.’ That indeed became the sole poster quote for the movie in the United States. I frequently think back to this moment of standing in my house as the moment my life truly changed and the world got smaller.”
Edgar Wright Remembers George A. Romero

NY Times

“Evil often resides in the utterly familiar. That point is driven home in the scene in which a young girl is transformed into a zombie and sets about devouring her father and killing her mother.”
Brent Staples On George A. Romero

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“I wish I knew what he was afraid of. I remember him when he wasn’t afraid of anything.”
David Mamet Bars Conversations For At Least Two Hours After Each Performance

“In the end, Dunkirk suggests that how you handle the most deflating existential defeat may well be the very thing that saves you. We all kind of need to be reminded of that these days.”
Bilge Ebiri On What Nolan’s Wrought

“I haven’t been directed by anyone in 30 years. I come in with stuff, I figure if they don’t like it, they’ll tell me and I’ll do what they ask me to do. They don’t ask me to do anything, so I do it, hit the mark, say the words, and get the fuck outta there. And that’s it. Acting is so fun.”
Film Comment Has An Excerpt From One Of Martin Landau’s Last Interviews

“It is far more bananas than I ever could have hoped, if not exactly a third season — really more like season 28 or so, with the 25 before it having gone missing. There is a stark disconnect across that long gap, but then it’s not like I can really account for how I got from 1991 to 2017 myself. That’s at least as surreal.”
Andrew Bujalski Muses On “Twin Peaks: The Return”

“I don’t identify as a John Simon-style critic. I don’t revel in the art of slicing things up. I really believe in trying to grapple with each piece and making an honest effort to see what it’s trying to communicate.”
New York Magazine Hires New Theater Critic, Director Sara Holdren, After A Single Published Review

“I wanted to experiment with a new rhythm to film. What I wanted to do was take what I call the snowballing effect of the third act of my other films, where parallel storylines start to be more than the sum of their parts, and I wanted to try to make the entire film that way and strip the film of conventional theatrics.”
Christopher Nolan On His Goals For Suspense With Dunkirk

Criterion’s October Releases Include Twin Peaks: Walk With Me, Vampyr, Personal Shopper, Othello And… Barry Lyndon

NY Times

“The aggressive attempt at censorship is just the latest indication of the strong grip that the Chinese government maintains on local internet companies.”
China Censors Go Into Overdrive After Death Of Imprisoned Nobel Laureate

MCN Curated Headlines

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What are we doing wrong?
“Well, first of all, by “we” I assume you mean the public, the public approach or the public discourse, which means the discourse that takes place in the media. And for the purposes of this discussion, let us imagine that the media is white and thus approaches the topic of race as if they (the white people) were the answer and them (the black people) were the question. And so, in the interest of fairness, they take their turn (having first, of course, given it to themselves) and then invite comment by some different white people and some similar black people. They give what purports to be simply their point of view and then everyone else gives their beside-the-point of view.

“The customary way for white people to think about the topic of race—and it is only a topic to white people—is to ask, How would it be if I were black? But you can’t separate the “I” from being white. The “I” is so informed by the experience of being white that it is its very creation—it is this “I” in this context that is, in fact, the white man’s burden. People who think of themselves as well intentioned—which is, let’s face it, how people think of themselves—believe that the best, most compassionate, most American way to understand another person is to walk a mile in their shoes. And I think that’s conventionally the way this thing is approached. And that’s why the conversation never gets anywhere and that’s why the answers always come back wrong and the situation stays static—and worse than static.”
~ Fran Lebowitz, 1997

“If one could examine his DNA, it would read ACTOR. He embraced every role with fire and fierce dedication. Playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood was his loving tribute to all actors and garnered him a well-deserved Academy Award. His work was his joy and his legacy.”
~ Barbara Bain On Martin Landau