MCN Curated Headlines Archive for October, 2017

NY Times

“When you say you go to a film school in America or France, you would probably go to a lecture where they teach you about German Expressionism and show you what these German Expressionist films are. But in Korea there was no systematic education I could be exposed to. It was sporadic, haphazard. And maybe that’s why my films have ended up in this strange form, where it feels like it’s a mishmash of everything.”
Alexander Chee Profiles Park Chan-wook

NY Times

“A pointillist, she creates pinpricks of emotion, but can easily go bigger than life, as she did to play Sydney, a con artist in the lollapalooza American Hustle.”
Manohla Dargis on Amy Adams

Oh, What Could Have Been Done

LA Times

“I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends. And I deserved not to tell anyone.”
SHOCKER!! Nearly Forty Women Attest To Sexual Harassment By James Toback explicit

Gawker’s Adrien Chen Covered In 2010

Spy Was All Over Toback’s “Squirm-a-Rama” NEARLY THIRTY YEARS AGO

Sexual Harassment Allegations Accelerate In Multiple Industries And Companies, Moving Beyond Fox News And WeinsteinCo

NY Times

“Given the brief to pitch directing a Thor buddy comedy that he would help write, Waititi suggested “Withnail & I in space,” “just these two people who happen to be superheroes making their way across the universe.”
“Taiki Waititi: The Superweirdo Behind Thor: Ragnarok

“I thought having more money would make things easier, but I learned that no matter the budget, you never have enough money. Things were very tight, but we were responsible, kept things on-budget, only had one hour of overtime the entire shoot. And I still found ways to make it hard for everybody! I wanted to make a movie with a lot of kids; I wanted to shoot on 35mm film; and I chose to shoot in Orlando in the middle of the summer. Those are three really difficult production challenges.”
“Sean Baker Became This Year’s Oscar Favorite By Going Broke Again and Again”

“The book is more nuanced and has a more interesting 1960s’ understanding of what psychiatry was then. The number one thing I take away from ‘Marnie’ is how the seeds planted in childhood translate into adult life. That’s interesting for me as an American, because we are super-fluent talking about psychiatrists, whereas people in the U.K. really don’t want to have that conversation.”
Composer Nico Muhly on Taking on Marnie and Hitchcock

“It is astounding that Harvey himself has reviewed the file, in violation of the customary practice that executives do not have access to their own employment files so that lower level employees are not discouraged from complaints out of fear of retribution. “Harvey’s decision to engage a phalanx of lawyers and law firms to address a mere request for his HR file and his unyielding unwillingness to produce the file speak volumes about what it contains.”

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“Most of these women were in their early twenties. Most of them refused to go any further with him, but a few went to dinner, or to some sort of casting situation, or to someplace private… if the stories were just about some crazed sex addict who approaches thousands of women on the street trying to get laid, I wouldn’t be posting this now. I don’t want to be attacking every Hollywood douchebag who hits on countless women. That type of behavior isn’t cool, but I think it’s important to separate douchebaggery from any kind of sexual coercion. But the women I talked to who DID go someplace private with Toback, told stories that were worse than the women only accosted on the street… So I did what I could do in my impotent state – for over twenty years now, I’ve been bringing up James Toback every chance I could in groups of people. I couldn’t stop him, but I could warn people about him… I’ve been hoping the Weinstein/O’Reilly stuff would bring this vampire into the light (him and a couple others, frankly). So I was happy today to wake up to this story in the L. A. Times.”
~ James Gunn

“BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Politics and queerness as spectacle/spectacle as politics and queerness. Pretty delightful, lovely, erotic. A-

“Not since EASY A and CABARET have I seen Emma Stone give a real sense of her range. Here, she has pathos and interiority and desire. I love the cinematography and the ways in which the images of the tennis icons are refracted and manipulated via various surfaces/mediators. Also, wild how a haircut is one of the most erotic scenes in cinema this year. Spine tinglingly tactile that feels refreshing. Proof that *cough* you don’t need to be ~graphic/explicit~ to be erotic *cough*. Also, it made me want to get into tennis. Watching it, at least.

“There are interesting touches and intimations as to the cinematic nature of sports, & unpacking the formal approach of broadcasting sports.Also, I was here for Sarah Silverman smoking. And also, hi Mickey Sumner!! It’s a really interesting film about the ways in which public spectacle is never apolitical, and how spectacle is prone to assignation.

“There’s this one other scene from BATTLE OF THE SEXES that I love, and it’s the one in the bar. You see Billie looking after Marilyn as she dances. Through a crowd. There’s a paradoxical closeness and distance between them. In the purple light, and the kitschy decor, everything is distorted. But Billie catches a glance and you can feel the nervous swell inside.”
~ Kyle Turner