“For 8,000 years we’ve had lyric poetry, for 400 years we’ve had the novel, theatre hands its meaning down in text. Let’s find a medium whose total, sole responsibility is the world as seen as a form of visual intelligence. Surely, surely, surely the cinema should be that phenomenon.”
The worldwide film market increased 5% in 2015 thanks to billion-dollar films including “Jurassic World,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” according to a report released Tuesday by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
“When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow. You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their life.”
“Two years after ‘Eye to Eye’ baffled the country by giving birth to a huge cult following, the Pakistani singer Taher Shah returned this weekend with a second music video, ‘Angel,’ that has gone viral. … For most of the new video, Shah walks around a golf course wearing a tiara and a purple gown (bathrobe?), showing off his chest hair.”
The 49 titles unveiled on Thursday represent 28 countries in all, with an especially strong showing for Romania (with two films in competition, past Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu’s “Baccalaureat” and Cristi Puiu’s “Sierra-Nevada,” and debut “Dogs” in Un Certain Regard) and, of course, France.
“Access to the service would cost something like $150; then, home viewers could pay $50 to watch a new film instead of going to their local theater. Film distributors would supposedly get a huge chunk of that revenue, as an incentive for partnership—Variety reports that several major studios, like Universal, Fox, and Sony, are interested. But after years of intransigence, studios might understandably be reluctant to allow such a drastic change to be put in the hands of a self-branded industry disruptor.”
“Before letterboxing, we were throwing away three-quarters of the picture on some films.”
Rule 34 notwithstanding, “it’s unlikely that the site will devolve into a Chatroulette-style exhibitionist’s paradise anytime soon, partly because its controversial ‘real names’ policy makes it hard for most to remain anonymous. Far more troublesome for Facebook will be … matters of intellectual property.”
“Zari, whose name means ‘shimmering,’ is an eager 6-year-old who will focus on girls’ empowerment, health and emotional well-being” on the Afghan version of Sesame Street, Baghch-e Simsim.
“We Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever.”
“When [the] future Nobel laureate … made his one and only film in the mid-1960s, he structured it both as a chase film and as a homage to the earliest years of cinema. However, you won’t be surprised to learn that the resulting work, Film, is far more complex, strange and intellectual than its slapstick forebears.”
“The NPR News voice, though not monolithic, is unmistakably distinct from the diverse range of audio programming that has taken off in the recent podcast boom.”
This deconstruction of Sleepy Hollow’s fast descent could be a primer for what other TV shows should avoid.
“The arc of her life and career easily reflects the trials faced by so many other female filmmakers. But it is also the singular story of an (at times) painfully solitary artist, someone whose temperament has put her at odds with the lopsided demands of her chosen profession — and, ultimately, allowed her to survive it.”
“As there are no movie theatres in Gaza, the screenings are held at a rented hall at the Red Crescent Society building.”
“No one sees the director but everyone sees the actors, so the notion of directorial authorship flies in the face of common sense as well as of the theatrical tradition on which movies appear to be based. Yet the very notion of authorship (whether with movies or books or elsewhere) isn’t a theory, a policy, or a wish—it’s either the viewer’s experience or it’s nothing at all.”
Yes, it’s been that long: the iPod was launched back in 2001. But – except for a few popular radio shows like This American Life – the first generation of podcasts weren’t always professional quality, and most faded away. But over the past couple of years, the form – led by Serial – had leapt upward in quality, variety, and popularity.
“EVE Online is a massive multiplayer online game – a single environment shared by thousands of players, like World of Warcraft or Second Life – that has been in continual operation since 2003. … And in the latter half of the 2000s, those people engaged in an enormous conflict: The Great EVE War.”
“The digital technology that was supposed to rescue the back catalogue from oblivion, restoring and preserving fragile celluloid for future generations, poses as many problems as it solves. The digital age is full of false assumptions about access and availability, and film is a fleeting medium, its materiality under more direct assault than ever before.”
Inside the data, the researchers found something: “significant evidence that movies featuring black actors not only keep up with films at the box office and among the critics, but blow away films with no black actors at all.”
“More than a century ago, before women had even won the right to vote in many countries, actresses headed up some of the U.S’s most popular and successful action movies – even if they performed stunts in skirts that ended only a few inches above their ankles.”
“In fact, by shaming their characters, these shows are trafficking in a very old, very deep aesthetic pleasure. Aristotle called it ‘catharsis’.” Only in this case, the emotions involved aren’t pity and terror.
“The result is a gig economy in which temporary labor pays to be “taught” by independent contractors, who in many cases are staffing programming for media corporations. Cost-conscious networks and studios offload a burden once held by productions to cast their shows onto the labor market itself. Millions of dollars previously spent on casting have been cut from balance sheets, and tens of thousands of aspiring actors have been stuck with the bill.”
“Retouched, impossibly enhanced bodies are creating unrealistic new body-image standards — and the effects are so sophisticated and invisible that most audiences aren’t aware of how much they’ve been manipulated.”
“Citadel, along with Cumulus, Entercom and Clear Channel (a.k.a. iHeart Radio) destroyed radio as we knew it. If you can’t stand to listen to radio anymore you can thank these companies. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed them to consolidate thousands of Mom-and-Pop radio stations into just a handful of owners. What was once a thriving marketplace of ideas and new music became a moribund feedback loop of homogeneity and satellite programs.”
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will begin filming in September … The budget has been set at €16m (£12.8m), and the film will feature John Hurt and Unbroken‘s Jack O’Connell in roles originally occupied by Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp.”
“Set in 2025, it depicts political gangs and persecution of local people for speaking Cantonese not Mandarin. It comes amid increasing nervousness in Hong Kong about perceived Communist Party interference in its affairs.”
“I had this idea of people coming to France who had no connection with the old colonial empire, so had no reference points in terms of language or culture.”
“It’s much more emotional that I expected, making sure that people are happy and invested in the material. … It’s sort of like raising a child. That level of emotional investment surprised me.”
“Is there anybody out there who’s heroic and sexually compelling enough to qualify? The common consensus is yes: Idris Elba.”