Movie City News Archive for July, 2019

Once Upon A … Spoiler

…. something that, given their post-release requests, they don’t seem to see as a problem! — Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie) July 28, 2019

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Hallmark Plans Forty Christmas Originals For 2019

Hallmark Plans Forty Christmas Originals For 2019

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around why we laugh at a dead on impersonation of Bruce Lee (like my spot on perfect Chinese accent); and why we shiver like the bogeyman's in your closet when we see a dead on impersonation of little Charlie Manson. Cultural baggage. It's a good thing to interrogate. — Walter Chaw 周瑜 (@mangiotto) July 28,…

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Brody Does Armond

“Obscenely regressive… If only the old-line Hollywood people of the fifties and sixties had maintained their pride of place—if only the times hadn’t changed, if only the keys to the kingdom hadn’t been handed over to the freethinkers and decadents of the sixties—then both Hollywood and the world would be a better, safer, happier place.”

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Systemic racism

Take a second to audit what your first response is to seeing anyone on screen. How have you been conditioned to respond to… a black man, a black woman, a young Asian woman? an old Asian woman? We all mean well, right? Yet we are all loaded down w/this cultural weight of bias. — Walter…

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Hollywood moolah

Hollywood is playing younger than expected, 60 percent of ticket buyers between 18-34. — Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) July 28, 2019

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Stephen King

Author @StephenKing predicted the rise of Trump 40 years ago — but he says the reality is scarier than anything he’s written — NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 28, 2019

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Co-founder and Artistic Director Paul Sturtz Leaving True/False Film Fest, Ragtag Film Society 

[pr] Columbia, Missouri — Paul Sturtz, artistic director and co-founder of True/False Film Fest and co-founder of Ragtag Cinema, is stepping away from Ragtag Film Society to pursue new opportunities. “Over 22 years, I have worked with inspiring, curious people, many of whom have become dear friends and accomplices,” Sturtz says. “I feel confident that…

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Clu Galager On His Pal Quentin

Clu Galager On … Hollywood And His Pal Quentin

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Susan Kohner

On my Mama Susan Kohner’s performance in ImitationofLife and other matters… — Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) July 27, 2019

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Herzog snaks

Werner Herzog, on his favorite movie snack#MusicBox90 — Music Box Theatre (@musicboxtheatre) July 25, 2019

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Bilge Ebiri On Rutger Hauer In Blade Runner

Bilge Ebiri On Rutger Hauer In Blade Runner

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the legacy is that anyone thought it was an actual movie, as opposed to just a complete mess that I never cleaned up.

“The legacy is that anyone thought it was an actual movie, as opposed to just a complete mess that I never cleaned up.” Sarah Polley On Stories We Tell

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Friday Movies: ONCE UPON A TIME …, Fassbinder Trilogy on Blu; Why FLORIDA PROJECT on 35mm?

Quentin Tarantino’s melancholy pop-rocket picaresque is the truest of true “hang-out” movies: key characters spend the greater part of their screen time getting from one place to another, wandering blissfully, even wantonly to an incessant song score, across a delirious period landscape, a wholly realized world. It’s also a Western, a war movie, and a snow globe, shaken now and again, of Tarantino’s fascination with the filmmaking process.

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"multimedia content generator" — Dan Gillmor (@dangillmor) July 26, 2019

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Inside Chris Hughes’s campaign to break up Facebook, the tech ‘monopoly’ he helped create

“Inside Chris Hughes’s campaign to break up Facebook, the tech ‘monopoly’ he helped create”

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Criterion 1000

Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975 is a colossal set, and we’d have it no other way for our 1000th release! We can’t wait to share it with you when it roars into stores on Blu-ray on October 29. Take a look inside! — Criterion Collection (@Criterion) July 25, 2019

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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