Posts Tagged ‘Clint Eastwood’

The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: SX Global

March 11, 2010

There is more to life than Texas. Although, as any Texan will tell you, not much more. So hurrah to SXSW for looking beyond its borders to the world outside. While the inclusion of a Native American-themed documentary in the “global” slot is troubling, the rest of the lineup fulfills its brief. In the U.K., CCTVs and databases makes Daily Mail readers of us all. There’s glimpses of Finnish living rooms and the very edges of time. There’s love, loss, incarceration, impotency, death. When all else fails, there’s always Viagra to act as our troubled planet’s the great uniter. Click on the titles for trailers where available.

Read our SXSW Headliners Preview.
Read the first part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read the second part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read our SXSW Narrative Features Competition preview.
Read our SXSW Documentary Features Competition preview.
Read the first part our SXSW Emerging Visions preview.
Read the second part our SXSW Emerging Visions preview.
Read our SXSW Lone Star States preview.
Read our SXSW 24 Beats Per Second preview.

The DeVilles

Teri Lee Geary is a burlesque performer who looks like Marilyn Monroe and swings her tassels by the name of Kitten DeVille. She’s married to punk rocker Shawn Geary. DeVille is obsessed by the 1950s of Eisenhower. He’s mired in the 1980s. Now, after a quarter century of mismatched bliss, it’s coming undone. Documentary filmmaker Nicole Nielsen Horanyi is there to film the kitschy Strindberg action.

Erasing David

Keen to find out how much the U.K. government and its corporate databases know about him, filmmaker David Bond (Lions of Green) drops off the grid. Then he hires a pair of detectives to find him using available information. As another film once put it, we live in public. Bond’s discoveries, however, serve to fuel his paranoia about living in the surveillance state of Knifecrime Island.

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Trailerama: Reel Injun

February 2, 2010

Filmmaker Neil Diamond takes to the road to examine the portrayal of Native Americans on film. No, not that Neil Diamond. From The Battle at Elderbush Gulch to Dances With Wolves and beyond, this documentary exposes the numerous crimes suffered by the First Nations. They include William Shatner. Among the revelations: it’s not easy to find a genuine Indian in Hollywood and Graham Greene doesn’t speak Lakota. Contributors include Clint Eastwood and Jim Jarmusch. Co-directed and co-written by Catherine Bainbridge. Visit the movie’s YouTube channel to see more examples of filmmaking at its worst.

Atlas Shrugged Gets Serious

April 1, 2009

atlas-shruggedThe Stock Market’s down. Temperatures are rising. Activists are taking to the streets to burn effigies of both bankers and politicians. The time seems right for Hollywood to cash in on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The Hollywood Reporter claims the long-gestating film is switching to development’s fast lane, with Charlize Theron the most likely candidate to play lady boss Dagny Taggart.

Producer Karen Baldwin, who has been helping to shepherd the project for Lionsgate, told the Reporter, “This couldn’t be more timely. It’s uncanny what Rand was able to predict — about the only things she didn’t anticipate are cell phones and the Internet.” With the government moving in on AIG and firing the head of GM, it’s not surprising that many are seeing Rand’s work in a fresh light. One can easily imagine this book being in Peter Chernin’s or Harvey Weinstein’s Kindle. It better be. At 1100 pages, the book is big enough to kill a small animal–and probably has.

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The Coen Brothers Get Their Grit

March 23, 2009

true-gritThe Coen Brothers‘ career is nothing if not Quixotic. If anyone had mentioned getting them to do a remake of the Ealing comedy classic The Ladykillers, the response would have been “…” In fact, the response was “…” A similar reaction might await the news that they’re remaking a John Wayne film. Undaunted, the odd couple have made another odd pairing. Following their next adaptation, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, the writer-directors are tackling an adaptation of Charles Portis‘s True Grit, the novel which in 1969 was made into an Oscar-winning film with the Duke.
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