Saturday, June 25, 2016

summer links

---"Summer has officially arrived, along with the mounting pressure to enjoy it before it passes. The filmmaker who most deeply investigated the contradictions of the sweaty months is Eric Rohmer, whose summer films contain placid surfaces rippled by violent speech. His characters are surrounded by beauty and inevitably beset by anxieties of how their time there is being wasted, ticking away." --R Emmet Sweeney

---You Are Awake

---"The trouble with the movies is that they so seldom get below the surface of a story and its characters, that their whole is rarely as good as the parts, and the characters of their players—Gary Cooper or Margaret Sullavan, for instance—are usually more powerful than the characters they play." --Manny Farber

---a four part analysis of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Nathaniel R, Kyle Stevens, and others on the Film Experience 

---"Streep made one small, but important, tweak at the table read. She changed Miranda’s last line, where she’s sitting in a chauffeured car with Andy, from 'Everybody wants to be me' to 'Everybody wants to be us.' On the press tour for Prada, Streep insisted that Miranda the movie character wasn’t based on Wintour. She said her performance was inspired by men, but kept their identities a closely guarded secret until now. 'The voice I got from Clint Eastwood,' Streep says. 'He never, ever, ever raises his voice and everyone has to lean in to listen, and he is automatically the most powerful person in the room. But he is not funny. That I stole from Mike Nichols. The way the cruelest cutting remark, if it is delivered with a tiny self-amused curlicue of irony, is the most effective instruction, the most memorable correction, because everyone laughs, even the target. The walk, I’m afraid, is mine.'"

---Matthew McConaughey Talks True Detective

---"De Palma went on, 'The studios gave us the keys to the kingdom, and we all made a lot of extraordinary movies before they discovered sequels.' He made the word sound repellent. 'But it’s a corrosive system. When I was working on The Fury, Frank Yablans”—who produced the 1978 film—'said, ‘Dino will pay you a million dollars to do Hurricane. Go see him right now.’ Dino De Laurentiis was an impresario of gaudy schlock. 'So I go to Dino’s office, and he holds up this picture of an island and says, ‘ Hurricane! You will live in my hotel and shoot it all!’ After I read this terrible script and was embarrassed that I’d been lured, I told myself, ‘You can’t stay here any longer.’" --Tad Friend

---Dave Adder of Typeset in the Future considers Blade Runner

---"Simply the Best: Blood Simple and the Fabulous Coen Brothers" by Danny Bowes

---trailers for The Birth of a Nation, American Honey, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I, Daniel Blake, Train to Busan, The Legend of TarzanThe Girl With All the Gifts, Keeping Up with Jonesesand American Pastoral

---"Whether the film’s influence extended beyond the movies and into reality is another question, but when the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001, it was often said that footage of the crumpling Twin Towers could have come from a Hollywood movie – and one Hollywood movie in particular. Joe Viskocil, the pyrotechnics expert who designed The White House explosion in Independence Day, went so far as to say that he felt partially responsible. 'I felt guilty about making my work look so good,' he says. 'I started thinking maybe I did my job too well, and it might have been the nucleus of an idea for someone to say: ‘Hey, let’s crash a plane into the White House.’" But no one else in Hollywood showed much remorse. Directors, Emmerich included, kept on knocking down New York landmarks as if nothing had happened." --Nicholas Barber

---David Fincher: From a Distance

---Whit Stillman's 10 favorite films

---Famous Actors as Famous Authors

---Dissecting Dialogue in Film

---"The Dawn of 'Just Me": Zack Snyder's Neoliberal Superheroes" by William Bradley

--“I say the same thing over and over again. If I can create a sequence where you’re gazing at a woman or following a woman, it seems to me like a basic building block of cinema." --Brian De Palma

---Happy and Townie by Mitski

---All Along the Watchtower, Explored

---Thought Leader Talk

---"I think when something is exciting to you, a picture or a piece of music, what’s exciting is that you’re hearing the latest sentence in a conversation you’ve been having all your life. When you look at a painting, you don’t just see that painting, you see every other picture you’ve ever seen. That painting is in the context of every picture you’ve ever seen." --Brian Eno

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