Movie City News Archive for July, 2019


“I basically did the same thing I did with my wife, who I had to ask to marry me four times,” Tom Rothman said of acquiring Tarantino’s film. “I just don’t think we can give up on this audience. We could write ourselves out of a big portion of the business if we don’t keep…

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Brooks Barnes

When you are having drinks with a big-time media CEO, and he reaches across the table to pull a clump of cat hair off the sleeve of your jacket ‍♂️ — Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) July 25, 2019

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Grauniad Contributor Hopes To “Cancel” Tarantino

“The question remains whether we should continue to indulge the director’s fondness for piling abuse on women, particularly in light of his own admission of acting out scenes of physical violence towards his female actors, even if he claims it is in pursuit of the perfect shot.” Grauniad Contributor Hopes To “Cancel” Tarantino

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What’s the Fate Of Montreal’s World Film Festival?

“Quebec media have regularly predicted the WFF’s demise, but Losique has always managed to dismiss the gravediggers. The Montreal scene is crowded with film festivals, including the Festival de Nouveau Cinéma, the Montreal International Documentary Festival and the genre-oriented Fantasia festival. These events have whittled away at the WFF’s claim to be Montreal’s window on…

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Mohammad Rasoulof

“Strangely, they’re accusing me of ‘propaganda against the state’ for telling stories. None of my films are political, they are social criticisms that have political repercussions. Instead of understanding the films, they are interpreting them as slander against the state. I think intolerance and impatience toward criticism is reactionary.” Iran Jails Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof

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Emotions moving

Vulture: Motion Smoothing Is Ruining Cinema Filmmakers hate it. Viewers do, too. So why is it the default setting on almost every new TV in America? By @BilgeEbiri — Todd Vaziri (@tvaziri) July 24, 2019

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"I want more life, fucker."-Roy Batty Rest in peace, Rutger Hauer — D'annic (@d_annic) July 24, 2019

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“I’ve seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

“I’ve seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

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The DVD Wrapup: Ash Is Purest White, Fast Color, Dogman, High Life, Space 1999, Big Bad Fox, Fassbinder’s BRD, Klute, Baker’s Wife, Noir Archive, Master Z, Keaton 2, Hellboy 4K … More

Qiao’s pursuit takes her on a ferryboat ride down a scenic stretch of the Yangtze River, to a city that soon will be swallowed by the rising waters behind the Three Gorges Dam. Millions of people will be displaced to feed the country’s insatiable appetite for electrical power.

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Dude Rorschach is my favourite superhero i just wish his mask didnt have a picture of my parents fighting on it — Raptors (@Raptors__) July 22, 2019

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QT Dissenter

I really want Tarantino to make that Star Trek movie now. Get him away from revisionist history, away from quoting bygone cinema and TV, and channel his enormous talents into making a superlative genre film that has nothing to do with his well established, careworn obsessions. — Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) July 23, 2019

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QT deal

No that rare. Every deal I ever made as an agent in independent films the producers owned the copyrights after 20-25 years. Obviously these were smaller films but this article is misleading — cassian elwes (@cassianelwes) July 23, 2019

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Stallone opens out

Read Sylvester Stallone's first-ever public account about the deep-seated resentment he’s harbored for decades over not being given any ownership of #Rocky — Variety (@Variety) July 23, 2019

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Bay Area critic

Sad news for lovers of dance and music in the Bay Area and worldwide: — Joshua Kosman (@JoshuaKosman) July 23, 2019

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Ridley Scott to Direct Matt Damon, Ben Affleck in 14th Century Revenge Tale Adapted By Damon, Affleck and Nicole Holofcener

Ridley Scott to Direct Matt Damon, Ben Affleck in “The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France,” Adapted By Damon, Affleck and Nicole Holofcener

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Sweet, smoothies are

I've seen film critics say the MCU is like "series television, but at the movies." It's simpler than that. Multiple franchises in a shared universe. Interweaving subplots and soap opera. That's COMICS. "It's comics, but at the movies." And that's not a bug, it's a feature. — Dan Slott (@DanSlott) July 22, 2019

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“Being an absolute movie encyclopedia, Quentin ran films from the Sixties”—such as The Wrecking Crew, Valley of the Dolls, and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice—”at his movie theater once a week for us. 1969 was such a vivid period of color, particularly in Los Angeles, and there was a feel of neon and Op Art everywhere.”

“Being an absolute movie encyclopedia, Quentin ran films from the Sixties”—such as The Wrecking Crew, Valley of the Dolls and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice—”at his movie theater once a week for us. 1969 was such a vivid period of color, particularly in Los Angeles, and there was a feel of neon and Op…

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@PatThomas1964 reports that Paul Krassner has left us to party with Groucho Marx, Lenny Bruce & Abbie Hoffman. RIP (the P meaning anything you want it to) — MONDO 2000 (@2000_mondo) July 21, 2019

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Men in Black

You need to talk to me about men in black. — Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) July 21, 2019

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Sunny Bunch on DVDs

“Even if you’re not an obsessive who demands Criterion Collection-caliber 4K transfers from interpositives made from the original negatives, there’s still reason to be concerned about digital’s total victory over physical in the media wars. If you don’t own a physical copy of the thing you want to watch, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be…

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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)

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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