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MIFF09 report: Laura Mulvey probably wouldn’t have enjoyed ‘Anna Karina – In Conversation’

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Post by Conall Cash (catabloguing.wordpress.com)

A friend once remarked to me that, whenever he sees an advertisement for MIFF, he accidentally misreads it as ‘MILF.’ Upon entering the Festival Lounge for the conversation with Anna Karina today, one could have been forgiven for thinking that David Stratton, her interviewer, and many members of the audience had made a similar error. A weird, not terribly satisfactory, and occasionally rather sexist event, the conversation with Ms. Karina offered her a kind of adoration, but an adoration so totally defined by an understanding of her as ‘muse’ to a series of great men – Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Serge Gainsbourg – that there wasn’t much for her to do besides tell some stories about these great men as the private individuals she knew. Continue reading

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Does Gervais’ THE INVENTION OF LYING trailer prove the law of diminishing returns?

serge-gainsbourg-Eric-ElmosninoIt’s really not a bad likeness. There are some new photos from the upcoming biopic of Serge Gainsbourg. Hopefully coming next year. [The Playlist]

mamaodieWho would have thought that racial stereotypes would actually become en vogue? First there was Sing Song, the bumbling Asian and the magical negroes of Australia! Very recently we’ve had the jive-talking illiterate black robots of Revenge of the Fallen. Now we have the upcoming Princess and the Frog to look forward to. Princess represents Disney’s return to 2D animation under the guiding hand of Pixar king John Lasseter. From the video linked, it seems assured that its jazz alligator, slack-jawed Cajun firefly and Mama Odie the comic-relief swamp witch doctor are bound to offend. The question is: how much? [Movieline] Continue reading

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Images from the Melbourne-made sci-fi EXIT.

exit03Having established the general ineptness of Australian movie marketing, it’s kind of exciting when a film does something right in getting us interested in the film. I’m talking here about the forthcoming sci-fi film Exit. The film’s writer Martyn Pedler (a local media jack-of-all-trades) has posted some images from the production of Exit on his website. This is a great move, taking a page out of the whole ‘production diary’ phenomenon exemplified by the Lord of the Rings website and currently what Edgar Wright is doing with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World video diaries or the similar stuff that the crew of the Greg Mottola-helmed Paul are doing. Letting the audience in on the production process, if done correctly, is really effective at creates a sense of connection between the audience and the film and can help immeasurably with word-of-mouth.

So now that the images are out there, let the judging begin! Continue reading

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What is this blog all about?: A Screener manifesto.

thetencommandments31Screener has been moving along nicely for a while now and has suddenly found itself among a bunch of other Melbourne-based film blogs, which to my mind is a great thing. The Internet can be a great space to build a community of film appreciation. But in order to distinguish itself from the crowd, or rather, to better define Screener’s identity, perhaps it is time to set out Screener’s mission statement, its raison d’etre, its manifesto, its Dogme 09 if you will. The rules may be broken from time to time but think of these ideas as Screener’s ideal. Perhaps other blogs already fall in line with these ideas. Maybe other blogs will read this and follow these ideas. This is fine because it will contribute to the culture of film appreciation that is Screener’s ideal. Okay, let’s begin. Continue reading

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Tarantino is a hack, Murakami gets adapted and Shia LaBoeuf likes his mum ‘that way’.

405px-Precious2009posterYou know that upcoming movie Precious, the one about the obese illiterate black female teenager who gets raped by her father and abused by her mother? The one that stars Mariah Carey?! It now has a gnarly poster and trailer. [The Black Snob]

Life just gets worse and worse for the kids from Slumdog Millionnaire who are apparently set for life due to trust funds hastily set up by the film’s producers. There’s some joke to be made here about the irony of a rags-to-riches fairytale movie being played by actors who went from rags to HAVING THEIR SHANTY HOUSE BULLDOZED BY THE GOVERNMENT LEAVING THEM HOMELESS. But it’s all pretty fucking sad. [Defamer] Continue reading

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Susan Sarandon battles the Wachowski Brothers for World’s Hottest MILF title.

joseph-gordon-levitt1I like Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt a lot and Rainn Wilson is OK I guess but this ‘indie dramedy’ they’re starring in sounds horrible: In ‘Hesher’, Gordon-Levitt is a loser twenty-something (aren’t we all?) who invades the life of an awkward 13-year-old who lives with a pill-popping father (Wilson) and grandmother. The kid falls in love with a supermarket worker (Portman) who protects him from bullies. In the bin! [THR]

Rian Johnson (Brick) has announced his next film ‘Looper‘, a sci-fi set in a future dystopic society that has suffered a ‘huge financial collapse of some sort’ (look, it’s topical!) and it’s ‘very dark, very violent’ (must be serious!). I’m sceptical about this one. Brick was a high concept teen/noir film that was seriously about nothing. His goal with this one is to ‘tell a story and keep people watching’. What an artist. [/Film] Continue reading

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Directors do cool things like hook up with hot chicks and screw over third world children.

dmartinDemetri Martin is like totally a serious actor now. First this whimsical Ang Lee hipster film and now news that he’ll star with Brad Pitt in Stephen Soderbergh’s Moneyball. Martin (he’s like Lawrence Leung only better looking, more talented and he came first) plays a Harvard grad who uses his statistical skills for a baseball team to scout out the best players for the cheapest prices. [Variety]

All I can gather from this still released of Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones is that the film may or may not be on par with What Dreams May Come. [Empire] Continue reading

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New trailer for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Snail Trail.

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  • Fairly adorable director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) is video-blogging the making of his new film Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, a slacker/romantic comedy/action film/musical?, based on the comics. Featured: Michael Cera playfighting with a feisty asian chick. Does Charlyne Yi know about this?! The soundtrack sounds potentially interesting: Nigel Godrich, Sloan, Metric, Broken Social Scene.
  • Contemporary horror films are generally boring and moronic. But with Lars von Trier attached (he’s obviously not interested in that Dogme 95 thing anymore), and Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg starring, be prepared for something wacky. Antichrist has a creepy trailer whose scariest moment is a Willem Dafoe sex scene. (Shriek!!) Continue reading

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Charlyne Yi steals your dreams of dating Michael Cera and being a successful filmmaker.

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Natalie Imbruglia can apparently act.

One of the difficulties of marketing Australian films is that we don’t really have an auteur culture. A fair amount of Australian films get released every year but a lot of them come from first-time directors whom nobody knows. For the kind of cinephile audience that will actually think about seeing an Australian film, the phrase “from the Director of quality film X” in the marketing campaign probably has more chance of convincing them of seeing a film than having a famous star from Neighbours in the cast. Unfortunately, even quality Australian films don’t really make money and good directors aren’t given a chance to make a marketable name for themselves. Continue reading

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