Movie Beat – 11.30.12

California Solo – Lachlan (Robert Carlyle) is an aging, washed-up Britpop star living on a farm outside of Los Angeles. He likes his work, where he lives, his podcast about flame-out rock stars, and a girl he has his eye on. One night he gets a DUI and things get worse from there. An old drug charge is brought back up, and Lachlan is faced with the threat of deportation. To stay in America, he will have to convince his wife that he divorced and the child he barely sees that it is important to both of them that he … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.30.12

LIFE OF PI

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is a triumph. Adapted from Yann Martel’s novel, it was widely considered to be unfilmable, but here it is. It is a living, breathing film that is a beautiful thing to behold. Drawing on many different myths and religions, Life of Pi doesn’t just recount the stories of Christ, Buddha, and the Upanishads, it visually embodies them. The master of comparative mythology, Joseph Campbell, was paraphrasing Freud when he wrote, “Dreams are private myths, myths are public dreams.” So it is with stories and cinema. Life of Pi is it’s own myth. Pi (Irrfan Khan) is a … Continue reading LIFE OF PI

In Their Words – November 29, 2012

“I can almost set my watch by how I’m going to feel at different stages of the process. It’s always identical, whether the movie ends up working or not. I think when you watch the dailies, the film that you shoot every day, you’re very excited by it and very optimistic about how it’s going to work. And when you see it the first time you put the film together, the roughest cut, is when you want to go home and open up your veins and get in a warm tub and just go away. And then it gradually, maybe, … Continue reading In Their Words – November 29, 2012

In Their Words – Wednesday, November 28, 2012

“When I was 7, I saw The Making of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’. Hearing George Roy Hill talk about all the choices he made, I knew that directing movies was what I wanted to do. I remember seeing Death in Venice 40 times one year, and then switching my allegiance to Godard after seeing Masculine/Feminine! I knew early on that I was a nerd and that films were my refuge. Those first few minutes before the lights went off, and you’re alone in the theater waiting, were really pleasurable. Whether it was Steve McQueen, the coolest guy in … Continue reading In Their Words – Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In Their Words – Sunday, November 25, 2012

“I am often asked by younger filmmakers: Why do I need to look at old movies? The only response I can give them is: I still consider myself a student. Yes, I have made a number of pictures in the past twenty years. But the more pictures I make, the more I realize that I really don’t know. I’m always looking for something or someone that I can learn from. This is what I tell young filmmakers and film students: Do what painters used to do, and probably still do. Study the old masters. Enrich your palette. Expand the canvas. … Continue reading In Their Words – Sunday, November 25, 2012

HITCHCOCK

The old truism goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman. This was seldom truer than the relationship of Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville. Hitchcock got his start in the British film industry drawing title cards and sets. Alma Reville worked as a producer and slowly their path’s converged. According to Donald Spoto’s biography, The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitch was taken with Alma, but refused to speak to her until they were on equal ground professionally. He waited and worked his way up to a position as a director and the two … Continue reading HITCHCOCK