19 5 / 2013
I submit the above clip as evidence of his stunning, hypnotic charm.
08 5 / 2013
Steven Soderbergh gave a great talk at the San Francisco Film Society where he discussed how movies are now made.
Makes a great companion piece with this New York Times article on “number crunchers” who are using data to guide Hollywood creative decision making.
Here’s this chilling bit from the article:
“It takes a lot of the risk out of what I do,” said Scott Steindorff, a producer who used Mr. Bruzzese to evaluate the script for “The Lincoln Lawyer,” a hit 2011 crime drama. “Everyone is going to be doing this soon.” Mr. Steindorff added, “The only people who are resistant are the writers: ‘I’m making art, I can’t possibly do this.’ ”
And to round things out, here’s Danny Boyle lobbing similar complaints about the state of the art.
30 3 / 2013
A joy to watch, and au courant taking into account Pacino’s role as Phil Spector, in David Mamet’s HBO bio-pic, Phil Spector.
As a sidenote, I really love these supercuts or cinema-mixtapes. They tend to be filled with such joy, obsession and energy. I playfully imagine the folks you make them to be a bit like asd;lkjasdf character in Boogie Nights.
Below are a few of the many “Losing Their Shit” videos.
23 3 / 2013
A quick interview with the director at BigThink covers the obvious questions (budget, stunts, visual effects, etc) really well.
…it looks expensive…
Everyone asks me this. And I can’t divulge the budget, because we have a sponsor covering it. [The budget] is about two to three times less than what anybody would expect.
17 3 / 2013
The best documentary I’ve seen to date on what I believe is one the most talented filmmakers working today, Nicholas Winding Refn.
Below is part two, chronicling Refn’s departure from Denmark and his work as an autuer working in contemporary cinema.
15 3 / 2013
(via the pitch perfect Letters of Note)
>Dear Mr. Copolla:
>I am writing to you on behalf of the students and faculty of Lone Star School. We hope you will take the time to consider our request.
>We are all so impressed with the book, THE OUTSIDERS by S. E. Hinton, that a petition has been circulated asking that it be made into a movie. We have chosen you to send it to. In hopes that you might also see the possibilities of the movie we have enclosed a copy of the book.
>Lone Star is a small school in Fresno County. We have a student body of 324 students. It is a kindergarten through eighth grade school. I feel our students are representative of the youth of America. Everyone who has read the book, regardless of ethnic or economical background, has enthusiastically endorsed this project.
>This plea comes from our seventh and eighth grade students.
>We feel certain that if you will read the book you will agree with us.
>Thank you for your time.
>Jo Ellen Misakian
>(Mrs. John Misakian)