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Topic by: dpowers
Posted: February 4, 2003 - 3:39 PM PST
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post #121  on May 2, 2003 - 6:35 AM PDT  

Anime at Cannes.

Spirited Away's Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2002 was one thing. Its Oscar in March was quite another. But with no fewer than three anime features showing at Cannes in a few weeks, anime's seat at the cinematic table has pretty much been confirmed as more than a one-off guest spot. As ICv2 reports, Miyazaki will be more or less present in spirit via the debut feature from his head animator and "right arm" on SA and Princess Mononoke, Kitaro Kosaka. The story of Nasu - The Summer of Andalsia revolves around bicycle racing, evidently.

Several sites are also confirming rumors that Leiji Matsumoto and Daft Punk are carrying their collaboration further with a "mysterious" feature to be unveiled at the festival. But the most anticipated of the trio may be Steamboy, the first feature directed by Katsuhiro Otomo since he put anime on the international map with Akira 15 years ago. Otomo has been working on this retro "steampunk" sci-fi project set in Victorian England since 1995. You just can't rush these things.

Meanwhile, over in the stop-motion animation corner, Tim Burton is producing The Corpse Bride, based on a fairly dark-sounding eastern European fairy tale.

"Andy Warhol would have hung out at Starbucks. I'm sure that means something." Maybe it does, gents, maybe it does. Frieze talks to filmmakers Oliver Payne and Nick Relph about the impossibility of a sustainable subculture. In other news from the art world, Rosalind Nashashibi has won the Beck's Futures award and a bundle with four 16mm films much admired by the Guardian's Adrian Searle.

"One of the things I hate about Hollywood movies is that everyone looks like Plasticine, all slick and glossy. Human beings don't look like that. I have a zit on my chin, I have pores." Karen Moncrieff tells all in the LA Weekly. She's also profiled in the LA Times today and Ella Taylor quite likes her new movie, Blue Car.

"How would the cultiest classics fare if they had to be pitched in 25 words to a cigar-chewing Hollywood producer?" Peter Bradshaw hears ten possibilities.

Oh, boy! Another summer movie preview package! But over at Moviehole, T3 gets a so-so review.



Steve Rhodes has news and online viewing tips:

The Skyy Prize for best first feature went to the Brazilian film The Man of the Year which will be screened today at the Kabuki at 8:30 pm. Jurors Catherine Breillat, Delroy Lindo and critic Emanuel Levy also cited The Olive Harvest, Girlie, and Piedras. The Golden Gate Award for Bay Area Documentary Feature went to the The Lost Boys of Sudan which will show be shown at 2:30 pm. It airs on PBS this fall. Oddly enough, co-director Jon Shenk made the documentary on the Phantom Menace Bonus Disc.

The Bay Area Documentary Short Award went to The Children of Ibdaa. The Weather Underground won for Best Documentary Feature and will show at 5:30 pm. There will be a theatrical release and it'll air on PBS next year.

Online viewing tip. The documentary jury said that Franny Armstrong's Drowned Out deserved wide distribution. You can watch the complete 75 minute-long documentary along with her earlier hour-long McLibel, featuring court recreations directed by Ken Loach. She hopes to raise money for a Drowned Out DVD with a commentary by Arundhati Roy.

More added screenings on this, the final day of the fest. Check the Scoop du Jour for the latest.


It's a wrap.

The eyes of the film world shift from the west coast to the east before they plop all the way over Cannes as the 46th San Francisco International Film Festival closed last night with a generous dose of Dopamine and the Tribeca Film Festival opens in New York tomorrow. SFIFF organizers report a five percent increase in attendance this year over last, another record-breaker for the third straight year. The Chronicle has a nice collection of articles and photos if you're already feeling nostalgic.

As for Tribeca, Robin Pogrebin writes in the NY Times that this, its second year, is the one the fest has to "prove itself to be an institution with staying power. To do so, some in the film industry say it needs to carve out a clear identity, distinct from festivals like Sundance and Toronto, where movie professionals network and peddle their films."

"What the hell was that???" is a typical reaction to a bizarre expletive-laden review, supposedly the first "on the planet," of Matrix Reloaded over at Ain't It Cool News. Neill Cumpston's orgasmathon is in fact so over the top, many readers (scroll down) suspect a plant. Also at AICN: A report from the New York Independent Film Festival and what may be the longest round-up of anime reviews ever published on the Web.

Quite an issue of the Guardian's Friday Review this week. Two big Hollywood Peters (Bart, formerly a suit at Paramount and now ed-in-chief at Variety, and Guber, formerly at Sony Pictures and now CEO at Mandalay) warm over an argument studio execs have been making for years: Stars are demanding so much money these days it hurts. The studios, that is. The point that goes unaddressed: Many of those same stars will work for scale when they get the opportunity to work with people or on a project they deem worth the pay cut (e.g., Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia and Matt Damon for Ocean's 11 or just about any other Steven Soderbergh movie). Maybe there's something about working on blockbuster wannabes that really does require $20 million in compensation.

Also, a fun idea for a piece: Duncan Campbell talks to six people about what it's like to watch your life as a movie: Erin Brockovich, Antwone Fisher, Ron Kovic, Frank Abagnale, Jeffrey Wigand and Lowell Bergman. And Conor McPherson argues that the crucial difference between film and theater lies in the acting. "Or, I should really say, the performances."

The first high-definition DVD is out.

So is X2 and, as director Bryan Singer himself has noted, Hollywood has, in the words of the Stranger's Julianne Shepherd, "carved an unlikely yet necessary niche: action films with equal amounts estrogen and testosterone."

Online viewing tip. Curt Cloninger introduces both the commercial and noncommercial Flash work of Lew Baldwin for Rhizome's Net Art News.

post #122  on May 2, 2003 - 2:41 PM PDT  

Actually despite the article, T2 isn't the first DVD to have a high def version of a movie. The Standing in the Shadow of Motown bonus disc already has one.

I'm not sure it is really a movie that needs it (it was even shown projected digitally at many theaters), but it would be interesting to check out if anyone has a system that can play it.
post #123  on May 3, 2003 - 5:24 AM PDT  
> would be interesting to check out if anyone has a system that can play it.

At first, I thought I'd be surprised if it's more than a few thousand people out there anywhere in the world, but on second thought, since a system that can handle it can evidently be bought for around $1000, it may be more. Anyone here looked into getting themselves such a system?
post #124  on May 3, 2003 - 5:24 AM PDT  

Weekend Edition

A big fresh bundle of Bollywood and Tamil DVDs came in on Friday!

The world of Bollywood is famously just as melodramatic offscreen as it is on. Just this week, for example, one of the world's largest cinema's biggest stars, Salman Khan, learned that he would have to face charges of culpable homocide, driving under the influence, causing grievous injuries to victims and driving without a valid licence. Seems running over four people while they slept outside a bakery is only the latest in the series of, oh, mishaps in the life of what the BBC has called a "troubled star."

Meanwhile, Grammy queen Norah Jones is using an interview in the Times of India to fend off efforts of Bollywood director Dev Anand who wants to make a film about her family. "I think it's very exploitative... it's sad because this shows the dark side of some greedy people. He has no idea of our story and he's not going to represent it in a truthful way, I'm sure." The piece is accompanied by some sweet pix of Ms. Jones and her dad, Ravi Shankar.

Chris Suellentrop is currently rousing a ruckus in Blogistan with his take in Slate on what makes The Matrix so goshdarn popular among geeks. The flick is "a sci-fi John Hughes movie, in which a misfit learns that he's actually cool. (Think Harry Potter with guns.)" Scroll down for sample objections. And in another corner of the Web, William Merrin of the University of Wales spots a copy of Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation in Neo's room and has a lot to say about it.

Also in the new issue of Scope: Alexander Dhoest on Marcel Carné, Mikel J. Koven on slasher movies, Mark Shiel on indies in the 60s, lots of book and film reviews and a special section on Asian film. You didn't have any plans for the weekend anyway.

Seriously, though, a must-read to consider at a leisurely hour is Terrence Rafferty's NYT Magazine piece on the DVD, "a gift horse that demands to be looked squarely in the mouth, because it has the potential to change the way we see movies so profoundly that the art form itself, which I've loved since I was a kid, is bound to suffer."

New "Shelf Life" from Anime News Network's Bamboo Dong! Among the reviewed: Kimagure Orange Road, Magic User's Club, Magic Knight Rayearth, If I See You in my Dreams, the first volume of Gun Frontier, the second of Idol Project and the third of Wild Arms. And the LA Times surveys the LA Anime Festival.

Hot dog! Biggest summer movie preview yet!

Online viewing tip. Lobo. It'll open a few windows all at once, but they're worth exploring.

post #125  on May 5, 2003 - 5:30 AM PDT  

Studio Ghibli returns.

On Friday, lucky attendees of the LA Anime Festival (through May 15) saw the first of three US theatrical premieres of the latest films from Studio Ghibli. Anime Tourist has a transcription of the amusing Q & A session with Hiroyuki Morita and Nozomu Takahashi, director and producer of The Cat Returns.

"Miyazaki-san himself appointed Morita-san who was a very, very talented animator and creator," says Nozomu Takahashi. "Miyazaki-san's philosophy was... he's young and he has never directed a film, so in order to avoid any unnecessary pressure, we would start with a small project." But the story boards looked so terrific that Cat, which sees the return of a few characters from Whisper of the Heart, soon became a feature. Nice bits in the interview on whether or not the filmmakers keep an international audience in mind, character design and voice talent.

Found at Wacky Neighbor: Rules of Jean-Luc Godard drinking game ("Every time there's a jump-cut, rematerialize somewhere else in the room") and a link to the ridiculously addictive IMDb FAQ (in which movie did a boy hide in the walls of a house, what are the first instances of CGI, the f-word, etc., etc., etc.).

"In the mid-90s, after a splendid run in regional markets and film festivals, Hong Kong cinema began to unravel," laments David Bordwell. But there's hope: "Johnnie To Kei-fung has established the strongest track record since John Woo and Tsui Hark... In grasping the new rules of Asian filmmaking, To has emerged as the mainstream counterpart to Wong Kar-wai." (Play the Fulltime Killer game.) Also in Artforum: Geoffrey O'Brien on Aki Kaurismäki.

By closing its doors to new talent and strangling the democratic spirit that made it a worldwide phenomenon in the first place, Bollywood is turning itself into a "fortress," a potential "disaster with a capital D," argues Ratnakar Sadasya in Planet Bollywood.

Online viewing tip. The Net has a new celebrity: The Star Wars Lightsaber Kid.

post #126  on May 6, 2003 - 6:45 AM PDT  

"Give us the glycerine."

Mother India has come in at the top of a poll taken among 25 leading Indian film directors who were asked by Outlook India to draw up a personal list of the ten best Hindi films of independent India. And that's only one feature of a big and grand special issue devoted to Bollywood. Sandipan Deb kicks off the festivities with an intoxicating rejoinder to Jean-Luc Godard's famous one-liner, "Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world":

Well, who needs the truth? Give us any day the shadows on the white screen in a dark hall telling us tales written in light and time. Tales of heroism and cowardice, love and hate, justice and inequity, of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. And if it is the Hindi film, give us the glycerine, and the trees to dance around, the white saree in the artificial rain, and the rising crescendo of a hundred violins. And endless debate on Sholay vs Deewaar, and Awara as opposed to Shri 420.

Be sure to explore the sidebar on the right of those pages for more on the top ten in the poll and articles on director Guru Dutt, Hindi film's thing for "spectacular death" and the "Ultimate Bollywood Fan Poll": Best bods! Funkiest styles! Biggest hams!

From the Well-It's-About-Time Dept: The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection, a box set with all three digitally remastered films, plus a fourth of nothing but extras, will be released on November 4.

Miss ko2 can be yours for an estimated $300k to $400k. Takashi Murakami's painted fiberglass sculpture is up for auction at Christie's on the evening of May 14. "In one sense we were recreating an unknown world, the world of the otaku, in a new context," says the Poku artist. Voice art critic Jerry Saltz says, Go ahead and "adore" Murakami's art, but it's too bad he's "forgotten that surface is a thousand miles deep."

Festivals: Brits on Cannes and New Yorkers on Tribeca.

Matrix round-up: Geek nostalgia and style, more mythic analysis (good quotes from Erik Davis), a review, Time's cover story (possible spoilers) and interviews all over the place, but the best seem to be at Moviehole: Jada Pinkett-Smith, Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.

Online viewing tip. Random. Warning: Not for the squeamish! If you are squeamish, here's your online viewing tip for today. Oddly enough, both via NewsToday.

post #127  on May 6, 2003 - 7:41 AM PDT  
> Mother India has come in at the top of a poll <

for those of you who saw drowned out at the SFIFF or watched it online, as further evidence of the cultural importance of the dam projects, mother india begins with a dedication ceremony for a newly built dam!!!
post #128  on May 7, 2003 - 5:42 AM PDT  

"My first musical."

"Remembering that her famous father, Roberto, used to direct inexperienced actors by tying string to their toes and tugging whenever it was their turn to speak, I had Larry and Speedy tie a little fishing line to Isabella's glass toe. I felt this filament somehow tethered me across time and through his daughter to the father of neorealism. I was instantly pebbled with goose bumps."

Guy Maddin is directing his biggest film yet ("$3.5 million budget, a 24-day schedule, and real movie stars") and keeping a production diary in the Village Voice. More on Maddin and The Saddest Music in the World: The Independent, the Globe and Mail and the Manitoban. Cowards Bend the Knee: the Voice and eye Weekly.

MSNBC's Ryan McGee is shocked - shocked! - to discover a complex political subtext to X2. Jarret Keene, though, is quite pleased: "The violence serves as a warning about the direction our country is headed." Also at Alternet: Filmmaker and activist Anmol Chaddha argues that Bend It Like Beckham delivers what Better Luck Tomorrow merely promises.

Rialto Pictures is re-releasing, in theaters and on DVD, seven classic films by Jean-Luc Godard, Vittorio de Sica, Alain Resnais, Jacques Becker, Alberto Lattuada and two by Jean-Pierre Melville. Also in indieWIRE: SFIFF and Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival round-ups.

Will Song of the South ever be released on DVD? The question many are asking - including Disney itself - is: Should it?

Steve Monaco's movie today: Orson Welles: The One-Man Band.

If you thought there was something a tad spooky about Miss ko2, wait'll you see this. Via Natsume Maya.

Friday through Sunday at UC Berkeley: Born to Be Bad 2: Trash Cinema Conference and Film Festival. Looks juicy.

Online viewing tip. Data Diaries. From the intro by Alex Galloway: "The data was always right in front of your nose. Now you can watch it."

post #129  on May 8, 2003 - 5:57 AM PDT  

"The richness of this variety."

"We were in for the best of what this cinematic tradition has to offer: its wealth and wisdom, beauty and passion, tragedies and dramas, failures and victories and, mainly, its people." Alla Verlotsky, co-producer of Russian Ark, is also a co-curator of a film program: Films Along the Silk Road, showcasing the national cinemas of five Central Asian republics stretching westward from China to the Middle East: Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The retrospective, 39 films in all, runs in New York at the Walter Reade Theater through May 29 and then tours the US and Canada for a full year. Verlotsky writes about her "very personal journey back to the countries and film communities that had forged my personal and professional path" in Central Europe Review.

Of all the "stans," the one most recently on most minds, of course, is Afghanistan. In Salon, Suzy Hansen talks to Taran Davies about his documentary, Afghan Stories: "When I left for Afghanistan, there was only one film being shown on CNN, Beneath the Veil, which served a great purpose but, I felt, didn't give us a sense of who the ordinary Afghans were, the ones who weren't terrorists or refugees, the ones leading quasi-normal lives. These were the people we were going to bomb, too."

"Father Geek" introduces Scott Green's Ain't It Cool News weekly round-up of anime news and reviews (highlight: a link to the trailer for Katsuhiro Otomo's Steamboy) with an enthusiastic "It's Right Here!," the "It" being the fourth episode of The Animatrix.

Ah, The Onion. "During a speech Monday, President Bush disclosed for the first time the pivotal role the 1984 science-fiction adventure film The Last Starfighter played in his decision to enter politics."

"Let's talk about The Breakfast Club," Roger Avary blogged a few days ago. Nearly 200 comments so far.

Online viewing tip. Chuck Olsen is making a documentary about blogs. He's calling it Blogumentary and you can almost hear Rob Reiner adding, "if you will." Anyway, recently, he's been posting clips and the stories he's got to introduce them with are just as amusing.

post #130  on May 8, 2003 - 12:28 PM PDT  
UGNA! Update!

GG, always at least a dozen steps ahead of me, has pointed out to me that we do indeed have Afghan Stories!
post #131  on May 9, 2003 - 5:12 AM PDT  

No joke.

Pride And Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical. Really. Stuck in the rumor mill for months, now that Miramax is in, it's definitely happening. The all-singing, all-dancing Jane Austen classic comes to the screen at last. Director Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham) tells NOW, "It's so naughty. It's going up the ass of post-colonialism and coming back out again. We start shooting in July." With Aishwariya Rai and Martin Henderson, no less.

Sean Nelson talks to Neil LaBute and Paul Rudd, reviews their new movie, The Shape of Things and launches a new column, all in this week's Stranger.

Five questions Rebecca Bundy, Anime News Network's Ms. Answerman, hopes you never, ever ask again.

"What in the world happened to Eddie Murphy's career?" asks Manohla Dargis in the LA Times. As for Daddy Day Care, "I laughed a couple of times, but mostly I was bored out of my mind and not a little depressed." But Movie City News's David Poland thinks it's "likely to be Murphy's new top opener."

The Guardian is jam-packed today. Xan Brooks talks to Cédric Klapisch: "I'm French, Danish, English, Spanish. I'm not one but all. I'm like Europe. I'm a real mess." Maddy Costa meets Maggie Gyllenhaal. Luke Harding reports on In the Name of Buddha, "an epic, disturbing account of the brutal civil war in Sri Lanka" that's infuriating the government as it attempts to negotiate with the Tamil Tigers. And Peter Lennon is granted an "audience with one of the great divas of continental cinema," Claudia Cardinale:

"The problem with film stars who have the kind of back catalogue Claudia Cardinale can muster is, if you are not firm, that they will devour the time with an unstoppable Oscar-night recitation of names of charming and wonderful people they have worked with. I let her get away with Visconti, Fellini, Mauro Bolognini, Sergio Leone, Abel Gance and Richard Brooks; Lancaster, Fonda, Robards, Delon, Mastroianni and Vittorio Gassman - but stopped her before she got to Lelouch, Connery and Duke Wayne."

The Guardian also provides today's online viewing tip. Seven of them, actually. "The best of May's web shorts."

post #132  on May 10, 2003 - 7:56 AM PDT  

Weekend Edition

The arrival of a handful of new Andrzej Wajda DVDs seems an opportune moment to point to the new Cinema Warsaw in The Polish National Home, tucked into what indieWIRE calls "hipster haven Greenpoint, Brooklyn." The "only Polish cinema on the East Coast," they claim, is currently showing a series of films by Wajda and Roman Polanski. Besides the official site, perhaps the best intro to Wajda is a piece that appeared in Kinoeye, a terrific online publication devoted central and eastern European film, when the director was given one of those lifetime achievement Oscars.

Both Wajda and Polanski have made Holocaust-related films, practically a genre unto itself. In the Jewish News, Suzanne Chessler talks to Annette Insdorf about her new edition of Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust.

We've been rather flippantly pointing to various summer movie packages over the past week or two, but when the New York Times unleashes theirs, you've gotta give it at least a double-take. Besides the inevitable package-opener on Matrix Reloaded, which sets the tone - each article devoted to a single flick has plenty to say about the genre it springs from - among the highlights are: Jerry Seinfeld on car chases, Molly Haskell on the batch of originals that have inspired Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor's "affectionate rechanneling of Day and Hudson" in Down With Love and Alexandra Lange on that film's design, Dave Kehr on the DVDs heading down the pipe, Stephanie Zacharek's approving nod to the extras on the 20th-anniversary DVD release of The Right Stuff (coming June 10), David Thomson on how the The Hours DVD (June 24) reveals much of what can go wrong with packages like these, and profiles of Luis Guzmán, Naomi Watts and Lena Olin. As if that were enough for a lazy Sunday morning, Rudolph Valentino is on the cover of the NYT Book Review.

The LA Times runs a longish piece on Tobey Maguire's journey out of and back into the Spider-Man sequel. Also: First-time director Kerry Conran's all-blue-screen World of Tomorrow, now shooting with Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, Tribeca and a big dose of "Ask Manhola Dargis."

Cleopatra cost $44 million in 1963 dollars (that'd be around $300 million today), nearly breaking 20th Century Fox. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and their on-again, off-again romance didn't fare too well, either. David Varela has written a play about the goings-on on the set which'll be broadcast by the BBC on Monday, May 12 (you'll be able to catch it in the archive later, too).

Steve Rhodes writes about the AMC showing of the restored version of The Good, Bad and the Ugly Saturday night at 8 pm EST. No commercials; further, interrupted showings follow.

This weekend's online viewing tip comes by way of glamarama and dpowers in the New Release Spotlight topic. Go to the site for Richard Elfman, Danny's big bro. Find "Movies" and watch the clip from Forbidden Zone. Then start exploring for more.

post #133  on May 10, 2003 - 12:20 PM PDT  

There is a website for Taran Davies and Afghan Stories along with two of his other docs is showing on the Sundance Channel on Monday, May 19th as part of their Portraits of Islam focus this month.

They are also showing Taste of Cherry, Blackboards by Samira Makhmalbaf, the daughter of Moshen Makhmalbaf (they have a website), and Silence We're Rolling by Youssef Chahine.

They also are showing the doc Friendly Persuasion: Iranian Cinema After The 1979 Revolution which will be on Sunday 05.11 at 12:15PM, Monday 05.12 at
5:00AM, Thursday 05.15 at 5:00PM ET, Monday 05.19
noon and 7:15PM ET.

post #134  on May 12, 2003 - 8:57 AM PDT  
Tired of the M-word yet?

Or do you fall into the camp that simply cannot wait until Thursday? Either way, there's hardly any getting around it. Much of the globe is now swathed in a matrix of orchestrated hype and genuine anticipation. Ivan Askwith outlines in Salon just how much more penetrant this onslaught is going to get over the next several months.

But before you set up a tent outside your local theater, a few reviews suggest that waiting to catch after those opening weekend crowds might not be so tough after all. Newsweek's David Ansen is impressed with the action sequences but finds the "thrill of discovery" gone. Still, as if in recognition that this is more than just a movie going on here, the New Yorker has sent essayist Adam Gopnik to the press preview of Matrix Reloaded rather than Denby or Lane. And Gopnik, while tipping his hat to the cultural impact of the original, is much harsher on MR than Ansen: "It feels not so much like Matrix II as like Matrix XIV - a franchise film made after a decade of increasing grosses and thinning material."

The harshest critic of all, though, isn't really a critic, much as David Wong isn't really Dr. Albert Oxford, PhD. Have great fun with "The Matrix: Rejected" - and then you'd better call the theater to confirm those reservations for Thursday.

"No small number of nay-sayers have appeared on the horizon predicting that the halcyon days of Japanese animation are all but dead and gone," notes Jasper Sharp at Midnight Eye before quickly snapping back: No way! Outside the mainstream, "Beyond Anime," there's some very exciting stuff going on.

"Peachy. Harry. Jack. Alfie. Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, the mouthful from the Old Kent Road who abbreviated first to Michael Scott and then to Michael Caine, liked them all in their own ways, even though they never won him the best-actor Oscar he says he still craves." Euan Ferguson talks to and profiles the man who's made more than 100 movies over the past 40 years or so.

Also in the Observer: It's an impressive list, the filmmakers who'd planned to be at Cannes but won't make it because their films aren't ready: Altman, Tarantino, Jane Campion, the Coens, Wong Kar-Wai. "Still, there is plenty to savour at this year's admittedly low-key festival," writes Akin Ojumu.

May 14 is Dr. Strangelove Day.

Online viewing tip: David Crawford's Stop Motion Studies, updated.
post #135  on May 12, 2003 - 1:39 PM PDT  

It is a bit frustrating that the Operation Strangelove site allows people to post screenings, but has no place to see where they are taking place (that I can find).

It looks like not many people will have powerful enough computers to watch the HD version of Standing in the Shado and T2. This is from the Good Morning Silicon Valley blog on the Mercury News site:

T2: Extreme DVD's extreme computing requirements:

A number of your wrote in on Friday to offer your thoughts on the release of the Windows Media 9 version of
"Terminator 2: Judgment Day." Among the messages I received
was this one from Variety tech reporter David Bloom, who notes that this special DVD has a few requirements above and beyond Microsoft's Windows XP operating system and the Windows Media 9 player.

"It also requires a really hefty home computer,
the Microsoft guys told me when I wrote about this last week. It needs a very high-end P4 , AND a high-end video card to crunch all the data. The exact power combination of card and processor can vary somewhat in inverse
proportion to each other, but suffice it to say that ooomph needed to crunch the HD data is quite large. The percentage of computer owners who have machines capable of viewing the disc is probably in the low single digits.

But Artisan, a small company that lives largely on its library of movies, is hoping the overlap between that tiny audience and fans of the Terminator franchise approaches 100 percent. In that regard, they're probably right, and the deal itself won't cost Artisan much of anything.

It's mostly Microsoft spending a bit of marketing dough for yet another demo of new ways to use the latest Media Player. (i.e., last fall's deal to digitally project Artisan's "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" in 25
post #136  on May 12, 2003 - 9:12 PM PDT  
> how much more penetrant this onslaught is going to get <

(huh huh) he said penetrant.

yeh. (huh huh huh) he's gonna penetrant you with his onslaught.

post #137  on May 13, 2003 - 2:43 AM PDT  
Watch the featured article section during the first week in June for more on high-def DVDs...

> yeh. (huh huh huh) he's gonna penetrant you with his onslaught.

It was the Terminator in me that made me say it.
post #138  on May 13, 2003 - 5:27 AM PDT  

"Why are you going off to do this thing with this cruel director?"

That's the question Nicole Kidman says everyone asked her when she agreed to take the role of Grace in Dogville. Time Europe's Jeff Chu profiles Lars von Trier, the Danish director whose infamous manias may yet be reined in by Prozac - though he does tend to pop off, "I believe I am Superman." Maybe, but he's still afraid to fly, which means he's once again driven to Cannes this year.

Speaking of which. "The possibility of Kidman and Sophia Loren's Mini-Me, Penelope Cruz, cat-fighting over Tom in front of the paps on the Palais's red carpet remains the cherished hope of newsdesks everywhere. But it probably won't happen - even though the festival, winningly, double-booked them." Stuart Jeffries gets his fantasies published. But for Peter Bradshaw, it's all about the films. Also in the Guardian: Quite a story, even if it is too brief, about a 16mm student film chronicling a day in the life of John Lennon back in 1974.

10 things "Happy Fun Pundit" Dan hates about Star Trek.

Look behind you, Steve Jobs. Here comes George Lucas.

"Up until the mid-1990s, tiny Hong Kong was the world's third-biggest film producer, churning out some 300 films a year, with local box office averaging more than $170 million a year," writes the AP's Elaine Kurtenbach. Now, "the number of films made locally has shrunk to about 100. And last year, the box office was an anemic $45 million." And SARS isn't helping, either.

Susan King rounds up a herd of westerns heading on out on DVD. Watch this space.

SF Gate columnist Mark Morford "finally" catches Spirited Away on DVD and is "completely taken aback, dazzled and humbled and impressed, at once enthralled and encouraged and also realizing in one sad sighing punch how utterly and embarrassingly bereft American popular culture is of any sort of fresh and ingenious mythmaking."

PopPolitics interviews Television Without Pity Buffy recappers Sep and Ace, who're also quoted in Salon's teardown of Spike. Meanwhile, PopMatters analyses Angel (big theme: consumption) and celebrates Mario Bava.

Artmargins has put up quite a pair of reads: Dragan Kujundzic and Natascha Drubek-Meyer on Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark.

Online viewing tip: The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time. WMA, about 2 min.

post #139  on May 14, 2003 - 12:31 PM PDT  

Cannes Day.

"Aesthetically, the festival is already starting off on shaky ground: tapping American installation artist Jenny Holzer to design this year's poster has led to a hideous pink-on-gold display of bare type screaming out, 'Viva Il Cinema! - both a banal salute to once and future movies as well as a nod to the 10th anniversary of the death of Federico Fellini (the subject of this year's retrospective)." Hey, now. We rather like Jenny Holzer and no one should knock pink and gold til they've tried wearing it themselves. Besides, we've seen both better and worse.

At any rate, it's Cannes Day. Stephen Garrett kicks off his irreverent diary at indieWIRE (and we'll be passing along word from our man on the ground soon enough as well). Going in with highest hopes, it seems, are the Indians and the French themselves. Perhaps the best Cannes piece out there today is the International Herald Tribune's profile of Jury prez Patrice Chereau.

Praising Guy Maddin's Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary as well as "artists are so special and crazy that the world doesn't quite know what to make of them" in the NY Press, Matt Zoller Seitz inadvertently writes a check-list for filling up your queue:

"I'm talking not just about Americans like David Lynch, the Coen brothers, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Terry Gilliam, Julie Taymor, Frederick Wiseman and the folks at Pixar, but David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan in Canada, Takashi Miike, Taro Rin and "Beat" Takeshi in Japan, Abbas Kiarostami in Iran, Jean-Pierre Jeunet in France, Mike Leigh and Peter Greenaway in England, Lars von Trier in Denmark, Guillermo Toro in Mexico, puppeteer-animators the Brothers Quay in London andJan Svankmajer, who makes his nightmarish fables in the Czech Republic."

There you go. Though, actually, we suspect the world knows what to do with Spielberg. And vice versa.

Chong's bongs.

Matrix round-up: In the Village Voice, Jane Dark asks "what makes the picture worth a billion words?" And J. Hoberman reviews Reloaded. So do Elvis Mitchell (NYT), Kenneth Turan (LAT) and Armond White (NY Press). And in the SF Bay Guardian, Roberto Lovato argues that the timing of this release "couldn't be better for privacy activists." (Also: one Ray on another.)

Guilty pleasure: blinders taken off blind items.

Online playing tip: Jellylova. Via Coudal Partners.

post #140  on May 15, 2003 - 9:25 AM PDT  

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The news has been crowding your reviews, your lists and our discussions, but no more. At long last, the blog-like rivers of text are appearing where they belong: On a blog. We'll briefly let you know each day what's happening over there and we can talk about it all here. It'll get some prettying up, and your comments and suggestions will be more than welcome, but as of now: GreenCine Daily. Tell everyone you know.

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