MCN Curated Headlines Archive for September, 2017

Pfeiffe encircles a pallid, frightened Jennifer Lawrence with a cutting smirk on her face that suggests her character is capable of great violence. She’s the only actor in the film able to give her role real-world weight without sacrificing the mythological nature that undergirds its construction.”
Angelica Jade Bastién On Mother! And Michelle

Fifty “TIFF Noir” Passes Go For $C35,000 Each: From Paywalled Epic Investigation Reported By Barry Hertz and Molly Hayes, Which Was Not Run During Festival Or In The Newspaper Itself

“Frank Vincent was someone I could count on. He was a natural who was at ease in front of the camera—on a set or on a stage. He made it look easy in all respects. He was genuine.”
Martin Scorsese

NY Times

“With a long face and a lean frame that in later years turned gaunt, Mr. Stanton could look hapless, but also vaguely sinister, deflated or as wily as a hungry coyote. He knew what he looked like and that he could play menacing, but after appearing in Paris, Texas, he said he didn’t want to do ‘anything else that’s life-negative.’ You could feel for him, even if he made an exceptional villain.”
Manohla Dargis On Harry Dean Stanton

“This New York Times review is factually incorrect from top to bottom. Michelle essentially threw together some ideas she gathered during her time at Slate and punched me in the face with them. Michelle is free to dislike my book. She is not free to make demonstrably false statements that not only damage my book but my reputation and credibility as a reporter.”
 “I fucked up, gravely.”

indie wire

“It’s impossible to calculate how much film and television has been created on the subject of what happens when men and women interact, especially when sex enters the equation.”
TFW A Lede Is Shaped Like A Stop Sign

” have faith in the pendulum swinging. Right now it’s so far against the wall that it can’t go any farther; it’s gonna start to swing back. That’s my optimism. One of the cures is gonna be getting the American people to fully wake up. All the American people, particularly young people, because they’re gonna inherit this earth; they’re gonna inherit what we’re doing. And if we have any concerns about kids—which I do—what are you gonna do to make sure they have something to work with?”
Esquire Cover-Stories Robert Redford

indie wire

“Our industry has lost sight of what we could do well. In the 1930s, seven of the top 10 movie stars were women. Now, it’s really hard for women. There are a few — the Jennifer Lawrences of the world — but mostly, they’re having a tough time and we’re going, ‘Well, why? What’s happened?’ And women aren’t the minority, by the way. The thing is, when a business is run by a certain group of people who can’t see putting a 45-year-old woman as a romantic lead, well, that’s a problem. You need to be able to say, she’s still sexy.'”
Clooney Promotes

“The reviews, in which a group of equally pretentious critics frustratingly search for a deeper meaning, are even nuttier than the film itself. Using descriptions like “hermeneutic structure,” [A. O. Scott] “phantasmagoric fantasia,” [CJ Johnson, ABC Australia]  “cinematic Rorsach [sic, Rex] test” [James Berardinelli] and “extended scream of existential rage,”[Matthew Norman, Evening Standard] they sure know how to leave you laughing.”
Rex Reed Tasks His Memory Of Decades Of Sneering At Movies And Declares Mother! The Worst Of The Century (Page Will Load At Least 304 Trackers)

NY Times

“The women I know, myself included, are done, though, playing the credentials game. We are learning that the more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir. And the more we are a choir, the more the tune is forced to change.”
Amber Tamblyn On The Cost Of Entitled Men

NY Times

“If Get Out is this year’s defining American movie on race, I Love You, Daddy may prove its corollary on sexual politics, a bountiful and oh-so-topical Trump-era piñata waiting to be whacked open. That Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct only makes I Love You, Daddy more intriguing. Is it a debate, a confession or perhaps something along the tricky lines of Stardust Memories?”
Manohla Dargis From Toronto

“I didn’t do it lightly but I just really believe in a person’s right to speak out. That’s one of the beautiful things about this country.” 
Washington Post Union Says Law Broken When Reporter Disciplined Over Jeff Bezos Op-Ed

MCN Curated Headlines

Jennifer Swann On “The Rise And Fall Of Cinefamily”

Dennis Cozzalio On A Dim And Distasteful AMC Theater Saturday Night

Netflix: Helping Stand-Up, Or Hurting It?

Aronofsky Makes With The Metaphors

Angelica Jade Bastién On Mother! And Michelle

“Aronofsky offers, in Mother!, a report from the realm of art, of male artists, and both reveals and admits that many of them draw their artistic and personal sustenance from the blood of young women—that their art and also their domestic comfort depends on their virtual vampirizing of adoring young women who are attracted to their talent, their fame, their experience, perhaps even their money, but whose love is nonetheless utterly sincere and whose devotion is nonetheless utterly unselfish and ultimately proves far more self-sacrificing than they had ever intended.”

Lachlan Murdoch Loses Court Bid For CBS Buy Of Australian’s Third-Largest Commercial Network

“Two years after the first best actress in a drama Emmy was awarded to a black woman shouldn’t be the year you pat yourself on the back. Especially not when Lena Waithe on Sunday was the first black woman to win an Emmy for best writing in a comedy. Or a night when Donald Glover was the first black male to win for comedy directing. Or a night where Riz Ahmed was the first male actor of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy. When we’re still in a business of firsts, you can keep your congratulations and you can keep your jokes about diversity, too. Sunday’s host, Stephen Colbert, followed in the footsteps of many white awards-show hosts who love making jokes about diversity to a room where there’s less black people in it than Williamsburg.”

“The presence or former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, confirmed that for all the noise that Hollywood makes about speaking truth to power, it will excuse its shameless abuses to make a joke that’s not even funny.”


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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton