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Barry Jenkins on Adapting ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
I will say,” Jenkins clarifies regarding Baldwin’s view of America, “it’s not a kind contempt, but it is a constructive contempt. He was writing with the belief that the American ideal, or just America itself, was salvageable, that this idea of greatness in America was actually possible, but through rigorous interrogation.”
writing  film  movies  creativity  literature  1970s  nyc  america 
2 days ago by allaboutgeorge
How Hannah Beachler Built Black Panther's Wakanda - CityLab
“I felt that way because I never knew my history. I didn’t know my ancestry, I didn’t know how far back it went …That was truly the most important thing to me. I don’t have that, but I could give it here in this fantastical world.”
cities  movies  film  africa  design  transportation  aesthetics 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Being Cruised - Los Angeles Review of Books
Herein lies the complexity of cruising and being cruised. Cruising implies that we are just passing through, looking around, checking stuff out, window-shopping as it were. Will we or won’t we? Even if we are the ones doing the cruising, we might not ourselves fully know what we are looking for. Part of the pleasure comes out of the play of possibility, not always the follow through.
beauty  gay  lgbt  queer  queerselflove  attention  public  presence  aging  power  exercise  relationships  men  women  movies  film 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The Gentlewoman – Sandra Oh
“It’s actually a gift that there is a timeline, that there is an actual physical timeline,” she says. “Because your body is going to change, you have to deal with reality. And to deal with the reality, you have to know what you want and who you are. We come to it faster, women. Society has taught us this is negative. But it’s like, that is such bullshit!” She laughs. “All I know, all I dream of, is that on the other side of menopause is… Frances McDormand.”
aging  acting  movies  film  television  asian  canada  reputation  presence  women 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Awkwafina, Cultural Appropriation, and Who Owns the Blaccent
It is not by accident that people in power acquire cachet and adoration (and more power) when they don facsimile costumes of the people kept from power. And yet, power doesn’t often propagate itself so plainly in popular culture. We see its influence in what ends up valued and not valued, but more often, appropriation goes undetected.
asianamerican  identity  black  voice  movies  film  power  community  culture 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The Atlantic: The Enduring Appeal of the ‘Fake Relationship’ Rom-Com
It’s thus hard to react with anything but genuine glee as the smitten Peter twirls Lara Jean around in the cafeteria, makes a sojourn all the way across town to get her favorite yogurt drink from the Korean grocery store, and writes her daily notes with an increasing sense of urgency. None of these acts officially breaks the rules that Lara Jean established for their false union, but that’s the point. Even in the face of self-imposed barriers, love—teenage or otherwise—finds a way to make itself known.
movies  film  story  love  teenagers  books  southkorea  asianamerican  relationships 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
My name is Nabihah Iqbal, and I make guitar music | Dazed
This is exactly why we should be using our real names, and proudly. We shouldn’t be shy of who we are. We need to represent, and we need to prove that you can be yourself and still pursue whatever you want to do. It’s the only way that we can start to dismantle the prejudices and stereotypes that hold us back.
art  fashion  film  music  ideas  identity  uk  asian  indie 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Unlearning Woody Allen | Jewish Currents
It’s a cop-out to say that the heart wants what it wants. We have to ask ourselves who taught the heart what it wants, and whether it’s capable of wanting something more.
film  cinema  relationships  feminism  writing  creativity  culture  power 
march 2018 by allaboutgeorge
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ director Martin McDonagh wasn’t made for these times | The Outline
Context is like a social compass. It guides our politics, our reasoning, our decisions to get mad at bad articles online, but its function in storytelling is a little less strict. So as to prevent looking like an idiot, we demand context to understand why things happen. Crucially, though, it’s not always an artist’s job to provide this for an audience.
movies  film  storytelling  creativity  social  cinema  oscars  theater 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Blade Runner 2049: Writer Michael Green Shares On-Set Journal - Thrillist
A spoiler: The first line of dialogue spoken in Blade Runner 2049 is “Hope you don’t mind me taking the liberty.” It wasn’t scripted that way. But movie dialogue is clay to be molded and moved around. That this bit of clay landed where it did gives me joy -- a private joke, shared by all who were offered a chance to continue the story told in one of the most revered films of all time and said, "Sure."
movies  film  writing  creativity  language 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The True Story of "The Greatest Showman on Earth" | History | Smithsonian
“He had these new ways of making racism seem fun and for people to engage in activities that degraded a racially subjected person in ways that were intimate and funny and surprising and novel,” says Reiss. “That’s part of his legacy, that’s part of what he left us, just as he also left us some really great jokes and circus acts and this kind of charming, wise-cracking ‘America’s uncle’ reputation. This is equally a part of his legacy.”
race  entertainment  history  usa  marketing  capitalism  politics  movies  film 
december 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Can These Pornographers End 'MILFs,' 'Teens,' and 'Thugs'?
"A similar reading could well apply to the categorized world of mainstream porn. To consume online porn often entails playing a rough and reductive language game."
language  sex  power  film  movies 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Log In - The New York Times
AND - Barry Jenkins of makes global list of 20 directors to watch"
Oakland  indie  Black  film  from twitter_favs
september 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Why You Love "The Wire," Explained In Fascinating Detail | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce
"That’s a very interesting question, because one of the main reasons I wanted to explore the video essay format was that I felt it could help bridge the gap between academic and journalistic film criticism," says Lavik. "Film scholarship has become so highly specialized, and often esoteric, that much of it does not even attempt to speak to anyone outside of the research community. Journalistic film criticism, on the other hand, often lacks ambition, I think, and functions merely as a form of consumer guidance. Writers rarely give their readers anything to reach for. Everything is pre-digested for you. The video essay I made is obviously meant for people who have already seen The Wire, but I hope most of those who are familiar with the show will be able to follow my arguments and observations. I certainly don’t think anyone will find it totally incomprehensible. But so what if there’s something you don’t understand? You’re watching it online, so Google it! Coming across something you don’t comprehend is not a cause for offense, but an opportunity to learn.
video  film  criticism  television  baltimore  fiction  journalism  writing  media  story 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Looking for a 'Hangover' cure
Here's how it might work: Get together a group of smart, influential tastemakers -- journalists, critics, student leaders, bloggers. Have them select five indie Asian American creators -- writers, filmmakers, musicians -- from an open call that includes anyone with a brand-new, brashly different and commercially viable product.

Send these creators on a collective national barnstorming tour of the college campuses with the biggest Asian American student representation -- reading, performing, speaking, and showing their work and their potential. The costs of the tour would be covered by student organization funds and corporate sponsors.

Here's the kicker: Although attendance at these events would be free, every attendee would have to purchase one of the five products these artists are promoting on the spot, while enrolling in an online community that gives the artists long-term engagement with their consumers.
film  movies  art  culture  asian  asianamerican  race  ethnicity  attention  creativity 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Errol Morris: Profiles
Quotidian lies, the little fabrications that make the commerce of daily life possible, if not always palatable, are laid on the surface by the speaker. A muted strain of implicit skepticism - the silent voice of the filmmaker - bubbles along just beneath that. Peripheral stuff turns out to matter. "I like the idea of making films about ostensibly absolutely nothing," Morris says. "I like the irrelevant, the tangential, the sidebar excursion to nowhere that suddenly becomes revelatory. That's what all my movies are about. That and the idea that we're in possession of certainty, truth, infallible knowledge, when actually we're just a bunch of apes running around. My films are about people who think they're connected to something, although they're really not."
film  cinema  story  newyorker  documentary  media  attention  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Allen Willis, African American filmmaker, dies
"He did certain films that were very timely. He definitely had his finger on the pulse."
film  bayarea  from twitter
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Trent Reznor: 'I Am Truly Stunned' to Win an Oscar - The Hollywood Reporter
“The only immediate direction he gave us was that there be no orchestra, be similar to Bladerunner -- inhabit the same iconic quality -- but not sound dated. It was definitely difficult to score for a bunch of people talking in rooms. There were no landscapes, or battles scenes. It wasn’t obvious to us what shape it would have."
music  movies  film  oscars  creativity 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Stefan Kanfer's Tough Without a Gun: What made Humphrey Bogart so great? - By Tom Shone - Slate Magazine
What lends singularity to Bogart's films is the sense of irreversible actions, with moral consequences, being borne by a man standing as if waist-high in a river, braced by events. The action held him in place. Once things happened to him, they didn't un-happen. He didn't get a do-over. When he got slugged, he rubbed his jaw like a kid coming away from the dentist. "When he sweated you could have wrung his shirt," said François Truffaut, doubtless thinking of the first scene The Big Sleep, in which Marlowe comes across Major Sternwood in his hothouse, living off heat like a newborn spider, surrounded by orchids whose flesh so reminds him of the rotten sweetness of corruption.

"Why did you have to go on?" Lauren Bacall asks him.
"Too many people told me to stop," he replies.
hollywood  identity  acting  movies  film  cinema  books  fiction 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How Did Humphrey Bogart Become Immortal? - Alyssa Rosenberg - Culture - The Atlantic
In a world where we have more options in entertainment in general and the movies in particular, why do we continue to need Humphrey Bogart? Rick never figured out why Ilsa ended up in his bar in Casablanca. But why isn't really the important part: All that matters is that she's there.
movies  identity  men  acting  cinema  film  hollywood 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times Film Review - The Daily Beast
Rossi captures this new-old-media struggle in his footage, most notably through Times TV reporter Brian Stelter, a former blogger who was hired when he was 21 (he’s now 25), and who is shown fuming over the fact that not all of his colleagues have Twitter accounts. Stelter laments that some of his peers “discover” stories that he’s read about hours ago on the social networking site.
omg  wtf  journalism  media  newspapers  documentary  film  cinema  movies 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kevin Smith’s Red State Premiered at Sundance, and Vulture Was There -- Vulture
As he explained, the movie took 25 days and cost $4 million to make. If he sold it for $6 million, it would still take $20 million to market. But since that $26 million doesn't go back to the movie team or the studio or the distributor, you have to make $50 million just to get to the profit line. And it would have to make twice that to be considered profitable.
movies  film  cinema  business  religion  christianity  art  social 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
"Blue Valentine": An extraordinary and sexually frank romance - Andrew O'Hehir, Movie Critic - Salon.com
R.G.: Right. I think Derek didn't want it to be something that you can pin on one event. For him it was a study of: Where does love go? It's there and suddenly it's not, and each person has their own idea of what happened. You can't really pinpoint it as one specific event. It's all of these subtleties that you can't really talk about, and you have to watch and try to understand. He's asking the audience more than he's telling them. He's asking them: Here are these situations, what do you think is going wrong? What's the communication problem?
M.W.: And then it's like a poison. Like, it infiltrates everything. The smallest exchange you just can't get right. You don't know why, and you didn't set out to make it that way, but all the small things are wrong.
love  relationships  cinema  film  movie  fiction  marriage 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Tanya Hamilton's 'Night Catches Us' captures a point in time - Los Angeles Times
I've always been interested in politics, poverty and the working class," says the director. "And the price you pay for dedication to a political movement."

Hamilton sets the tone in the opening credits, turning a series of classic Black Power posters into a potent visual statement but "it was important to me to show the variations of class in black life," she says.

As much as anything, Hamilton says she is drawn to the ordinary within black life, rather than the extremes. "There's a distinct lack of content specific to what it is to be a black American, the variations in that experience, what life is like for people who are ordinary. Those are the stories I want to tell."
film  cinema  black  race  1970s  philadelphia  writing  activism  class  african  politics  poverty  art 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Poor 'Scott Pilgrim': Michael Cera Scares The Olds and Irritates The Youngs - The Awl
So on the one hand, Cera is the target of older critics that don't get his brand of "humor," and on the other Cera plays the same character in every single movie and we really don't have a good young 21st-century leading man, yet. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is too peripheral; Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult and Daniel Radcliffe and William Moseley too English and too tied to their main roles. Who else? Josh Hutcherson is too young-Michael J. Fox. Max Records isn't getting any work. But the demand for a real, non-vampire, truly millennial male star is there, and it's only a matter of time before we get someone better.
hollywood  film  cinema  movies  men 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Hans Zimmer Extracts the Secrets of the ‘Inception’ Score - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com
“I had to go and extract these two notes out of a recording. I love technology, so it was a lot of fun for me to go and get the original master out of the French national archives. And then find some crazy scientist in France who would actually go and take that one cell out of the DNA.”

“Just for the game of it,” Mr. Zimmer said, “all the music in the score is subdivisions and multiplications of the tempo of the Édith Piaf track. So I could slip into half-time; I could slip into a third of a time. Anything could go anywhere. At any moment I could drop into a different level of time.”

“Everybody thinks the dream is the important part. For me, the time was the important part: the idea that, in a peculiar way, Chris had made a time-travel movie that actually worked.”
songwriting  movies  technology  time  cinema  film  creativity  france 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Esquire: Roger Ebert: The Essential Man
I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
writing  identity  reading  cinema  art  culture  film  movies  criticism  chicago  cancer  entertainment 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Feature Fetishes: Sherlock Holmes vs. Avatar / Violet Blue: Gossip blogs chirp about Holmes' no-bro-mance while Avatar promises us a "sex tape"
[...] You can keep your pretend sex between two straight, nonhuman cartoon characters. That's a fetish in need of a little love, and certainly more widespread acceptance. The rest of us will keep a little something in our front pockets for the next time we're at Baker Street Station, thanks.
movies  cinema  film  fiction  sex  gay  queer 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
IMDB: Adaptation. (2002) - Memorable quotes
Donald Kaufman: I loved Sarah, Charles. It was mine, that love. I owned it. Even Sarah didn't have the right to take it away. I can love whoever I want.
Charlie Kaufman: But she thought you were pathetic.
Donald Kaufman: That was her business, not mine. You are what you love, not what loves you. That's what I decided a long time ago.
english  quotes  language  love  beauty  identity  movies  film  relationships 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Road Movie With Director John Hillcoat - Q&A With The Road Director John Hillcoat - Popular Mechanics
I was nervous about those trees. But I was told how to deal with it: The worst thing to do is run if a tree is falling because you'll lose your bearings. Trees go deceptively so far out that you could cross its line way off in the distance and it'll get you. The experts said if anything happens, the thing to do is just to watch it carefully. You've got seconds. Just watch it, and see where it's going, and then you can sidestep it. I thought I'd pass on that information.
culture  film  geography  movies  cinema  creativity  aesthetics  beauty  neworleans  photography 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Film - Jason Reitman Uses Travel Experience for ‘Up in the Air’ - NYTimes.com
“All the airports kind of feel and look the same now,” Mr. Reitman said, grabbing one of the small burgers in the middle of the table. “Some are more beautiful, some are less beautiful, but for the most part you’re going to find a Starbucks in every airport. You’re going to get your coffee and the USA Today or New York Times in every airport. All the things that you want are there, so you can land anywhere, and you feel at home. You’re given the sense that you’re everywhere, but you’re nowhere; that you are constantly with your community, yet you have no community. There’s kind of a terrific irony to that.”
travel  social  business  video  employment  jobs  movies  interviews  film  cinema 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hollywood Reporter: 2012 -- Film Review
Every disaster movie derives its suspense from trying to guess which of the characters will survive and which will expire. One of the disappointments of "2012" is how predictable the crash-and-burn list turns out to be. As in many of these epics, the characters who have committed some kind of extramarital transgression are the ones marked for death. Cecil B. DeMille would have been pleased.
sex  movies  cinema  film  disaster  marriage  relationships 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Pictures: Michael Moore's last words: Capitalism stinks
.

Moore asks me if I remember how he started our interview. I do, I say. You started by asserting the death of the American newspaper. Indeed, Moore floats this (to me, premature) notion the day after our interview in Toronto, at the "Capitalism" press conference. He suggests that the imperiled state of the modern U.S. newspaper might make a good documentary. He planned initially to include a section on the subject in "Capitalism" but he couldn't make it fit. So maybe Moore has his next subject after all.
newspapers  film  movies  documentary  capitalism  toronto  chicago  business  economics  media  journalism 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hello baby, goodbye chemicals - The Globe and Mail
Food is major. But I can't afford to buy all organic and I don't think most people can. So [for] bananas or other things with thick rinds, which I know are less susceptible to pesticides, I don't buy organic. But meat products, it's always organic, especially the dairy. Second is any cleaning products. I get the organic stuff from the health-food store or I make my own, and that's with baking soda, water, vinegar and maybe a bit of lemon. If I use any shampoo or soap on my daughter, I buy them at the health-food store and the less ingredients, the better. And I got Song Ji [her daughter] an organic mattress – that was a big-ticket item for me but that's where she spends most of her life.
children  health  marketing  parenting  business  documentary  film  southkorea  canada 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Sheryl Crow Sells Music Catalog for About $10 Million - Deal Journal - WSJ
Part of the attraction of Crow is that she performs concerts, a big source of revenue for the music industry, says Geordie Manolas, co-head of First State Media Group, and which increases the likelihood that radio stations and others will keep playing her music and thus generating royalties. In addition to Crow’s collection of previously-released music, the fund also has acquired the rights to songs from her next two albums and has a roster of writers who will work with Crow on new material, including scores for film productions.

Manolas added that music-publishing generally is attractive for its diverse income stream that has little correlation with other types of assets and long-term cash flows. The copyright owner can collect royalties for up to 90 years after the death of the song writer.
music  business  songwriting  money  publishing  writing  australia  film  bank 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Dance - Not So Strictly - ‘Ballroom’s Best’ and ‘Burn the Floor’ Aim to Sex Up the Genre - NYTimes.com
It is therefore time to say that ballroom today (at exhibition and competitive levels) proposes behavior from both sexes that looks not much like courtship and seduction but something alarmingly close to rape and whorishness. It does degrade women, and it makes its men look crassly manipulative. (All five “Ballroom’s Best” men simply look like creeps.)

Still, my chief objection to these visions of ballroom is not moral. (These people choose to do it.) What makes me wretched is that all these stunts, acrobatics, point-scoring and flashy displays of sexual availability are what matter. Musicality, phrasing, intimacy and actual sensuousness are what don’t.
dance  reviews  music  film 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Advertising - Predicting a Shift in Communications Spending - NYTimes.com
An interesting shift occurred in 2008, the report said. For the first time, consumers spent more time with media they paid for, like books or cable television, than with primarily ad-supported media, like newspapers and magazines.

“It’s not that people aren’t willing to pay for content, because they are paying for video games, fantasy sports information, music downloads,” Mr. Rutherfurd said. “There’s just some content they’re not willing to pay for.”
marketing  video  sports  music  media  journalism  newspapers  social  business  film  cable  television  radio  mobile  information  magazines  books 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
John Dillinger, Existentialist by Thomas S. Hibbs on National Review Online
But the pace, in the end, is precisely the point. Dillinger is nothing more than what he does. He robs banks, and in this he achieves a kind of freedom, liberation from petty concerns over a job and a family, over what others think of him, over the desire for money and advancement, even over the fear of death, as the scene in the Biograph indicates.

That accounts for both the attraction of Dillinger and his essential emptiness, a combination that Mann’s own film mimics: artistic flair wedded to nihilism.
movies  cinema  film  aesthetics  beauty  philosophy  crime  men  gender  power  identity 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | "Public Enemies"
The picture throws off an aura of wistfulness, which may be Mann's acknowledgment that of course he can't re-create the past. The best he can do is to honor the idea of it, storybook-style, and to remind us that before there was gangsta, there were gangsters.
movies  cinema  film  aesthetics  history  crime  reviews 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Incidental Pleasures of
"[T]he best rejoinder to Public Enemies is Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal video, which I watched again after the singer-dancer’s inevitable, untimely death. It’s a tommy-gun gangster fantasia with a touch of Guys and Dolls, and it’s everything Public Enemies isn’t: madly inventive, genre-bending, a passionate tribute to the artist as outlaw/loner. The video reminds you why the gangster has become an existential hero in pop culture: It’s how he seizes the space. On some level Michael Mann knows that, but he’s paralyzed by his pretentions and specious morality. And he can’t dance."
video  pop  movies  cinema  film  acting  aesthetics  identity  dance  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Eating Up “Food, Inc.” - Nicholas D. Kristof Blog - NYTimes.com
One window into journalism: A good chunk of Friday afternoon was spent chasing one elusive fact. Food, Inc. reported that the number of FDA food safety inspections had fallen from 50,000 in 1972 to 9,164 in 2006. I thought that was a telling statistic and included it in my draft, but I also asked my assistant, Natasha Yefimov, to double-check the figures with the FDA.

The FDA said the figures were wrong — both of them. The FDA acknowledged that the number of inspections had dropped, but said the 1972 figure was 10,610, while the fiscal year 2006 figure was 7,498 domestically and 125 abroad. The FDA said it had no idea where the other numbers could have come from. [...]
nytimes  politics  news  journalism  food  film  cinema  documentary  government 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York Magazine: Twilight of the Tummlers
“I don’t feel that I’m pessimistic,” says Allen. “That’s something I get called: pessimistic, nihilistic, cynical … I don’t see it that way. I just have a realistic attitude, and the hard facts are so brutal and terrifying that each person has his own way of rationalizing that it’s not so bad. But it is so bad. And the trick is to acknowledge that, and still get through.”

As Allen speaks those words, David starts laughing (where others might weep). “I agree with that,” he says. “I go through life feeling sorry for pretty much everybody. I’ll pass a toll, and I’ll think about the toll collector standing in there for eight or ten hours a day—how do they do it? How do they get up in the morning and go back? I feel sorry for everyone.”
death  identity  judaism  movies  film  cinema  writing  creativity  humor  comedy  religion  newyork  nyc 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
io9 - Did Star Trek Change Your Life? - Star Trek
The fact is, stories are meant to be retold. You may like them less in the retelling, or you may suddenly like them more (hence the phenomenon of rebooted Battlestar Galactica). But nobody can take away the stories that changed your life. Those are always going to be yours, untouched, until the space worms nibble your ganglia. They will keep inspiring you, and keep being meaningful. Hopefully, new stories will come along that mean something to you later in life, or that spur you to action in a way you never expected.
story  sciencefiction  creativity  identity  writing  movies  film  cinema 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Movie review: 'Observe and Report'
After all, truth in comedy is why we laugh - we're startled by it, and laughter is the response. Yet truth itself, in the sense of the public's perception of reality, is always evolving and shifting, and comedy always has to keep pace.
comedy  humor  film  cinema  acting  story 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Zack Snyder, 'Watchmen's' watched man - Los Angeles Times
"Twenty years ago my parents wouldn't know who the X-Men were, and now everybody knows that stuff," Snyder said. "It means that deconstruction of the superhero is something you can do. All those movies have led to a point where we can finally have 'Watchmen' with a Superman character who doesn't want to save the world and a Batman who has trouble in bed. Essentially, I want to kill the superhero movie because now we can."
movies  film  fiction  aesthetics  story  comics  cinema 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The opinionated Mr. Damon - TV - MiamiHerald.com
''They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,'' Damon says scornfully. "Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He's repulsive.

"Steve [Soderbergh, who produced yet another of Damon's spy movies, Syriana] told me that years ago he was offered a Bond movie. He told them he'd do it if they gave him creative control. Absolutely not, they said. They have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they're doing, and they're going to keep doing it.''
obama  interview  film  cinema  movies  politics  television  story  writing  fiction 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Jonathan Barnes - 24 and Me
"The two most recent James Bond films have been justly praised for their attempts to examine the effects that the lifestyle of a secret agent would have upon the psychology of their hero, but 24 got there first. Events do not leave Bauer untouched as they might have many of his fictional antecedents — earlier iterations of Bond, say, or Richard Hannay or Bulldog Drummond — but wound him irrevocably." I've seen both recent Bond movies. I've never seen an episode of "24."
movies  cinema  film  story  fiction  writing  creativity  television 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Errol Morris Blog - NYTimes.com
During the last week of the Bush administration, I asked the head photo editors of these news services — Vincent Amalvy (AFP), Santiago Lyon (AP) and Jim Bourg (Reuters) — to pick the photographs of the president that they believe captured the character of the man and of his administration. There are overlapping pictures — of the president with a bullhorn at Ground Zero, of the president looking out the window of Air Force One over New Orleans, of the president receiving the news on the morning of 9/11. It is interesting that these pictures are different. They may be of the same scene, but they have different content. They speak in a different way.
blog  president  nytimes  bush  film  history  photography  news  usa  politics  journalism  media  newspapers 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Nyman: I spy with my musical eye - Times Online
"Again, I had one of those eureka moments that I have as a film-maker but don't necessarily have as a composer. I thought what we should do is to remove the speech - remove my answer to the questions, because I don't like the sound of my own voice and I'm fed up giving the same answers to the same old questions year in year out - and the hesitation would trigger a piece of music."
film  uk  classical  classicalmusic  creativity  music  cinema  art  speech 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Existential Clown - The Atlantic (December 2008)
To quote Martin Buber: “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable."
movies  film  cinema  identity  humor  criticism  comedy  philosophy  celebrity  acting 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Famed Indian film director keeps a foot in Silicon Valley - San Jose Mercury News
The answer lies in incredible maneuverability. It lies in being able to shift, change, create new things all the time. But what happens is, when you build a corporate structure, you've built a battleship, and a battleship can't move that fast. I can see a point where, in five years' time, corporate lawyers are technologists. Their job is to make sure you are protected for the first 24 hours — beyond which you are building a brand — not for 70 years, not for 100 years.
copyright  creativity  creativecommons  movies  cinema  film  india  technology  intervews  marketing 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Movie Review - 'Milk' - Freedom Fighter in Life Becomes Potent Symbol in Death - NYTimes.com
[...] “My name is Harvey Milk, and I want to recruit you.” That was an opening line that the real Milk often used in his speeches to break the tension with straight audiences, but the film shows him deploying it with mostly gay crowds as well, with a slightly different inflection. He wants to recruit them into the politics of democracy, to persuade them that the stigma and discrimination they are used to enduring quietly and even guiltily can be addressed by voting, by demonstrating, by claiming the share of power that is every citizen’s birthright and responsibility. [...]
gay  politics  sanfrancisco  1970s  bayarea  reviews  film  cinema  movies  government  voting  power  speech  identity 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Movie Review - 'Australia' - Oh, Give Me a Home Where Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Kangaroos Roam - NYTimes.com
The usual line about kitsch is that it’s an affront, a cheapening of the culture, a danger. “Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick succession,” Milan Kundera wrote. “The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by children running on the grass! It is the second tear that makes kitsch kitsch.”
aesthetics  movies  cinema  film  australia  creativity  emotion 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Love - Could Getting a Buyout Package Lead to Buyout Sex? - NYTimes.com
[...] It doesn’t take abs of steel or a perfect jaw line to be the sexiest man in the newsroom. Those are dowdy places, often a refuge for the smart kids who first fell from social grace in junior high. Occasionally a glamorous person does wander through, but only on his way to a career in television. [...]
sex  relationships  writing  media  journalism  newspapers  news  television  beauty  movies  cinema  film 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wesley Morris' "How gay is that?" - The Boston Globe
To get more decent gay comedies or dramas, a filmmaker needs a delicate balance of frivolity and gravity, and reserve and recklessness - fearlessness, not too many speeches, and a respect for an audience that considers itself no different from other paying customers. Talent and a certain moderation are excellent tools to start transforming more movies you wouldn't see into movies you would.
gay  cinema  film  movies  aesthetics  identity  writing  fiction 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Screens Issue - If You Liked This, Sure to Love That - Winning the Netflix Prize - NYTimes.com
When Bertoni runs his algorithms on regular hits like “Lethal Weapon” or “Miss Congeniality” and tries to predict how any given Netflix user will rate them, he’s usually within eight-tenths of a star. But with films like “Napoleon Dynamite,” he’s off by an average of 1.2 stars.
movies  cinema  film  technology  data  information  online  reputation 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
France. Sex. Problem? - NYTimes.com
“Prostitution is the last sexual territory owned by men. Men are in control of pleasure and have the right to buy it. Women do not. A lot of my friends are alone, lonely, divorced. They can’t always reinvent themselves with another man and a new family. So I decided to show a female client of a male escort. She’s not a victim. She is a woman who is in control of her life, her feelings, her sexual pleasure.”
gender  sex  culture  europe  film  society  movies  france  women  men  economics  marketing  books  happiness  feminism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Huffington Post: Chuck Todd On McCain-Palin: No Chemistry, No Trust, Possibly No Chance
"Both of these candidates are on the verge of pulling a Bullworth," said Todd, referencing the late '90s political classic about a pol who stopped spinning. "We are at a critical juncture inside this campaign for the McCain folks and that is who is trusting who? You have got people worrying about their reputations. Now you are wondering do the candidates trust the staff? Does the staff trust the candidates? This is a dangerous time in a campaign that is behind. They desperately need some good news because you do wonder if cohesion is disappearing on the inside."
mccain  palin  elections  campaigns  media  movies  film  cinema  politics  republicans  gop 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Schwarzenegger Says Palin Would Be Great VP - Advertising Age - MediaWorks
"As you know, it's such a difference between when we have a normal discussion about something or when you are on the campaign trail. You sometimes end up talking like a machine."
humor  politics  california  palin  president  elections  campaigns  republicans  movies  film  cinema 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
‘The Brothers Warner’: of film and family | AspenTimes.com
"Power is an interesting state of existence, and it's a very delicate and potentially dangerous tool if you don't know how to control it."
power  identity  cinema  film  hollywood  california  family  creativity 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
An anarchist review of Battle in Seattle - Anarkismo
"[...] For all its errors, Battle in Seattle provides a fun opportunity to return to the question of why the WTO protests represented such a massive victory, and what we as anarchists should focus on in our political work nearly ten years later. [...]"
politics  seattle  cinema  film  protest  activism  washingtonstate  hollywood  story 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Hollywood Webmasters Dish On Celebrity Web Sites -- Web Sites -- InformationWeek
"An IT job that involves keeping tabs on Hollywood gossip as much as Web site uptime, search engine optimization keywords, and traffic metrics? That's what Keith Stern has. [...]"
technology  online  media  celebrity  web  blogging  hollywood  movies  cinema  film 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Attention Indie Filmmakers: iTunes May Be Within Your Reach - Kendall Whitehouse: On Technology and Media
"[...] The problem, as Kirsner notes, is that independent filmmakers don't have direct access to the iTunes channel. Apple prefers to work with aggregators of cinematic content rather than with individual filmmakers.

You're no doubt wondering, "So which aggregators supply content to iTunes and how do I get access to them?" That's why Kirsner's piece is valuable. He lists the major independent movie aggregators that supply content to iTunes along with links to their contact information and to how to apply for distribution.

If you have cinematic content you're looking to publish through iTunes, here's where to start [...]"
cinema  film  movies  apple  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
‘The Dark Knight’ of My Soul -- The Projectionist -- David Edelstein's Movie Blog -- New York Magazine
"Well, the people don’t need to be spoken for. And a critic’s job is not only to steer you to movies you might not have heard of or that died at the box office. It’s also to bring a different, much-needed perspective on blockbusters [...]"
cinema  film  reviews  criticism  writing 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Former (and Future) Film Critic - Mary Pols comments - Alliance of Women Film Journalists -
"Each critic is only one voice, but we serve as a filter for a society pummeled every day by an onslaught of new releases, whether they be movies, music recordings or books."
criticism  media  film  cinema  newspapers  movies  writing  reviews  society  books  music 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Huffington Post: Daniel Holloway: Heath Ledger Cannot Hear You Clap
"'I approve of this exploding cop car/snappy rejoinder/gratuitous nude scene, and I want those around me to know I approve. I will clap now.' You're making a conscious decision to be a jackass."
movies  cinema  film  ritual  obituaries  behavior  social 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaRights: News: Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky's Shortlist
"Documentaries are the way we can tell truth to power. They exist in a world where how you tell a story can be just as powerful as the story itself."
documentary  music  creativity  film  cinema  diy  story 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Upcoming: 14th Annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival! at Mandela Village Arts Center (Friday, July 25, 2008) - Upcoming
I'm biased, but I think Karim Amara's "Motherload of Trophies," which he made in Mississippi earlier this year, will blow them all away.
film  cinema  documentary  oakland  movies  bicycling 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pineapple Express and A Brief History Of Plot Songs | SpoutBlog
"It’s not as directly narrative as, say, 'Back in Time' (above), but it’s slightly more literally connected to the film than, like, 'The Power of Love.'"
movies  cinema  film  music  songwriting  1980s 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
On the dopeness of "The Wackness" - Beyond the Multiplex - Salon.com
"All this great music was coming out then. Especially the hip-hop -- that was what I connected to on a visceral, personal level. The music you're listening to really determines a lot about your memories."
hiphop  cinema  film  movies  nyc  music  aesthetics  identity  cities 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: The secret of multiple nerdgasms
"The nature of the word is obvious: a combination of nerd and orgasm. I won't belabour the orgasm part, except to note that the word derives from the Greek orgasmos, excitement, from organ, to swell up or be excite."
language  identity  technology  apple  movies  cinema  film 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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