Movie City News Archive for May, 2019

Korean Film Archives

A Korean film has finally won the Palme d’Or. For anyone who doesn’t know the Korean Film Archive has uploaded a bunch of classic films on YouTube with English subtitles. It’s free and an excellent resource for film history education. — Cathy Brennan (@TownTattle) May 25, 2019

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Cannes Goes Bong

Cannes Goes Bong

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booksmart screenwriter

Today @Booksmart comes out. And it’s hilarious and the reviews are blowing my mind. It began with a script that I wrote with Emily Halpern TEN YEARS ago. It was our first baby. And, like you would hope for your real child, every new person in its life has made it even better. — sarah_haskins…

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Fox Searchlight and Malick Reunite

CANNES, FRANCE, May 23, 2019 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired North American and select international territory distribution rights to writer-director Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.” Fresh off its World Premiere in competition at the 72nd Festival de Cannes, the film reunites Malick with Searchlight following…

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"I just reject your hypothesis" is the "fake news" of aging edgelords. — Mary Gillis (@living_marble) May 23, 2019

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The DVD Wrapup: Big Brother, Iceman, Upside, White Chamber, Trading Paint, Dark Place, Ruben Brandt, Lords of Chaos, Earthquake, Seduction, Les Miz … More

I can’t recall whether Chen has a degree or was trained as a teacher, but he’s committed to using unconventional methods to reach the dead-enders.

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This is my favourite response to being ratioed. Person makes silly, unsubstantiated claim, gets owned, and then doubles down with “I know you are, but what am I?” — Ali Arikan (@aliarikan) May 23, 2019

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Whedon Fleabag

Okay, I finally watched FLEABAG, it was fine I guess but I have an issue, minor spoilers – at the end, how do I watch anything else or make anything else or live my life or breathe or feel or care or walk or fly did I fly am I here is it me do…

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I love how little we ask of men, and how much they resent even that. — Carmen Maria Machado (@carmenmmachado) May 22, 2019

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Annapurna neg

Our ONE negative review and it’s hilarious. Simply put — he thinks it’s not dark enough, a criticism we rarely get at @AnnapurnaPics — Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) May 23, 2019

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Wolcott On QT

So Tarantino not only bluntly rejected the hypothesis but did so with “a scowl on his face”—a dastardly scowl!—and you’d think he’d whipped out a switchblade like Vic Morrow in BLACKBOARD JUNGLE from the way some in my timeline are breathing smoke. — James Wolcott (@JamesWolcott) May 22, 2019

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QT Polanski

Quentin Tarantino on his relationship to Roman Polanski, who's featured in #OnceUponaTimeinHollywood alongside Margot Robbie's Sharon Tate #Cannes2019 — Variety (@Variety) May 22, 2019

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Bilge Ebiri on Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite

“Tuesday was supposed to be Quentin Tarantino’s big day at Cannes — and for a while, it was, as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was well-received. But then came Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite and suddenly, all anyone wanted to talk about was Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite. The response to the latest from the Korean director was levitational: The film received spontaneous,…

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Ava DuVernay On Employing Donald Trump Only In Archival Footage

“I was telling the story of the men. They knew a rich, bloated, flamboyant guy who owned buildings across town had said something about them. They were much more concerned with their families and their lives than some guy in a golden tower. It made him feel like a player and important. Press conferences ensued….

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Cannes Reviewer Says Don’t See QT9 If You Can’t See It On 35mm

“Watching this story on a digital medium would feel false; it needs to look lived-in, worn, graspable.” Cannes Reviewer Says Don’t See QT9 If You Can’t See It On 35mm

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“We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly,” Reed Morano, who won an Emmy for directing three episodes of Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ said. “There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.”

“We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly,” Reed Morano, who won an Emmy for directing three episodes of Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ said. “There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.”

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Sony Pictures

“Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida underscored the importance of Sony Pictures Entertainment to the conglomerate’s strategy going forward at a media briefing Tuesday, citing the global boom in subscription streaming services.”

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Parallax view at Cannes

True. Many times, especially if you can’t wait in line for a long time, you’re doomed to postage-stamp views of the screen. There are many, many bad seats in the Palais. It’s better unless you’re on deadline to watch repeats in more viewer-friendly rooms. @Festival_Cannes — Robert Koehler (@bhkoe) May 22, 2019

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I rarely make recommendations but if you’re not watching #Fleabag on Amazon Prime, you’re missing out on brilliant acting and spectacular writing. Binged both seasons while sick this weekend and now making my husband watch it because it was THAT good. — Jocelyn (Elsdon) Heenan (@JocelynHeenan) May 22, 2019

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“It goes without saying that this sort of plea is a great marketing strategy. Tarantino doubtless remembers the ad campaign for Hitchcock’s Psycho: “After you see Psycho, don’t give away the ending.”

“It goes without saying that this sort of plea is a great marketing strategy. Tarantino doubtless remembers the ad campaign for Hitchcock’s Psycho: “After you see Psycho, don’t give away the ending.”

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Movie City News

“I don’t think it’s cruel to say this, because John himself would undoubtedly have turned it into a gleeful anecdote: When he had the stroke that killed him, he was at a local dinner theater. Hell of a review.”

“I am inclined to aver that every activity needs its critics, from narcissists bloviating in Washington to exhibitors of knee holes in their blue jeans by way of following a fad. So, too, tennis players and others wearing their caps backward. There is, to be sure, only fairly innocuous folly in puncturing pants or reversing caps, but for political or artistic or religious twisting of thought or harboring holes in the head there is rather less excuse. I have always inveighed against the bleary journalism practiced by newspaper reviewers, as opposed to the real criticism performed by, well, critics.”

“I often felt a twinge of grief at the idea that John Simon had devoted his life to a method of work that could only make him increasingly unhappy. Here was a man, elegant, articulate, and vastly knowledgeable, fluent in at least half a dozen languages, whose gifts of mind gave nothing back to the arts he wrote about except a few unkind remarks that made fun of someone’s performance, ethnicity, physical attributes, or, with a pun, on his target’s name. (“If this is Norman Wisdom, I’ll take Saxon folly.”) Other theatre critics keep such darts in their rucksacks for occasional use; John lived by them.”

“One person’s critic is another person’s crackpot. That they are not united in their opinions is ascribable to the Latin saying: quot homines, tot sententiae. I myself prefer being considered a creep, but that is what you get for having what Vladimir Nabokov called ‘Strong Opinions.’ It is odd that in a country so wallowing in negativity, starting with mass shootings and climaxing with Trump, such an unimportant matter as theater criticism should generate so much hostility. The only target patently more important is lead in the drinking water.”

Review: Little Women (no spoilers)

The DVD Wrapup: Cold War, Betty Blue, Official Secrets, Demons, Olivia, American Dreamer, Land of Yik Yak

20 Weeks To Oscar: Cinema, Trump, and Oscar

E. Scott Weinberg On Youthful Fangoria Encounters

Rome Bookstore Closes

With a Grauniad-Alleged $300 Million Budget, Could The Yet-Unseen But Surely Weird Cats Pass A Billion Dollars at The Box Office?

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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