The Hot Blog Archive for August, 2009

BYOB Weekend

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Super Movie Friends 4 – AntiChrist

This sneak peek is light on spoilers, though the central themes of nature and psychology are addressed.

With an unreviewable weekend upon us, we decided that this week’s SMF would be about a movie that is heading to Toronto, will not be released in the US until December, but which is sure to be talked about a lot, as it has been since Cannes. Lars Von Trier’s AntiChrist.
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS… the movie is discussed from open to close.
This week’s show. with guests Kim Morgan and Larry Gross, is here. And yes, Virginia, there is an mp3 on the page if you want it.
A sneak peek YouTube clip will soon be available as well.


Box Office Hell – August 28, 2009



Killwe Films Chronicles A Project

The adventure of it is on Massify… Here is the most recent addition…

Massify + Killer Films Episode 1 from Massify on Vimeo.

Early Looks…



BYOB On A Sleepy Thursday – 8279


Revised Trailer For Shutter Island?

Watching this quickly, I don’t see a big difference from the trailer that’s been out… EXCEPT for that it is a Paramount embed and neither the embed of their release exclusive or the random versions that have been posted across the web.
Very smart.
I can remember a discussion with someone (who will remained unnamed) at a major studio (which will remain unnamed) about the top section of Apple Trailers. Why wasn’t their movie on there? It was a big movie? Answer: They hadn’t asked. When they did, it got prime placement… for the cot of an ask. The battle for “first” on the web gets in the way of the studios a bit. Yahoo! Movies and MSN and MySpace and Apple compete and the result is 30 seconds of exclusivity and weeks of bad embeds for the trailer.
Either insist that Apple (and everyone else) run easy embeds of their trailers and insist that everyone uses them or, as here, keep it in-house. Control the content that most defines the movie’s opening.
And let the geeks tell you whether this is really a revision or just a change of marketing direction… geeks?


Press Release – Toronto Pushes Acquisitions

August 27, 2009
Includes Two New World Premieres Added to the 2009 Festival


Computer Repair is FUN!

It’s amazing how used we get to the tools that comfort us.
My Mac went to The Geniuses at the Apple Store for a replacement logic board. (Insert your own joke here.) And my beloved MacBook Pro feels tiny and my fingers impossibly clumsy now that we are alone together.
The things we lived without for most of our lives that become indispensable in months… weird.
This is also instructive when it comes to media. What is a good size on the MacBook is tiny on the iMac. I have referenced a similar experience with sound studios and how much different a song can be in those rooms and then later, on, say, a car radio. It’s not just better sound… it can feel 100% like a different piece of art.
How many people are reading this via a 56.6 modem? I don’t know. It seems impossible to be on the web on something that slow. My iPhone seems faster. But it is still the fundamental reality for many people.
Or maybe I am just rationalizing because I miss my machine…


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Press Release – Mike Leigh Starts A New One

The only thing the press release doesn’t address is the death of Simon Channing Williams, Leigh’s producing partner on all of his films since 1987’s The Short & Curlies. No doubt, the death, in April, from cancer was anticipated as Leigh went through his process of working through this story. No doubt, Leigh will bring all of his forces to bear on the work. No doubt, the loss will make it all a little less happy an experience, though perhaps an influence on the work in some positive ways.
Wednesday August 26


DP/30 – Big Fan

A sneak peek…

The entire 30 minutes with writer/director Robert Siegel & the film’s lead, Patton Oswalt (starting with a funny memory of Comic-Con), is here.



Both of these interviews have been around since Sundance, but I don’t think they were offered in a large size in Quicktime… so now they are…
James Toback, director of the documentary, Tyson.
Adventureland co-stars Bill Hader & Kristin Wiig, followed by writer/director Greg Mottola, followed by stars Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart.


BYOB For A Quiet August Tuesday


The Intelligent Movie Effect

Many filmmakers make movies to change the world, especially documentarians.
So it is heartening to see that the Australian city of “Broome Shire will sever a sister city relationship with a Japanese town that hosts the killing of more than 2000 dolphins a year after an emotion-charged special council meeting this afternoon.” (The full story is here.)
it’s a small gesture, really. But it’s a good start.
I wonder how many people who took a moral step were told to do it by their Twitter account.


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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon