Movie Beat – 01.31.14

12 O’clock Boys – They call them 12 O’clock boys because they ride their bikes straight up in the air. They are a gang of kids, running wild on the streets of Baltimore, where the police are hamstrung by a policy that won’t allow them to pursue a risky chase. Pug is a young boy enchanted with the 12 O’clock Boys and wants to ride with them, even if his mother, Coco, wants him to be a veterinarian. The Westside of Baltimore is a gritty and dangerous place, and director Lotfy Nathan brings a camera to an unsung way of … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.31.14

Movie Beat – 01.24.14

24 Exposures – Billy (Adam Wingard) has carved out a niche for himself by staging gruesome murders of beautiful women and photographing them. Naturally, this stirs a sexual attraction in him, I wonder what Freud would have to say about that. His girlfriend, Sophia Takal, has quite the open mind and goes along with it, but a disillusioned detective, Simon Barrett, doesn’t and brings Billy under investigation for a series of murders. Written, directed, and edited by Joe Swanberg, who seems to be churning them out fast and furious these days, and in limited release from IFC Midnight.   Aatsinki: … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.24.14

Born On This Day – January 22, 1953

“It’s all so . . . independent. I’m so sick of that word. I reach for my revolver when I hear the word ‘quirky.’ Or ‘edgy.’ Those words are now becoming labels that are slapped on products to sell them. Anyone who makes a film that is the film they want to make, and it is not defined by marketing analysis or a commercial enterprise, is independent. My movies are kind of made by hand. They’re not polished — they’re sort of built in the garage. It’s more like being an artisan in some way.” –Jim Jarmusch Continue reading Born On This Day – January 22, 1953

Born On This Day – January 20, 1946

“It’s better not to know so much about what things mean or how they might be interpreted or you’ll be too afraid to let things keep happening. Psychology destroys the mystery, this kind of magic quality. It can be reduced to certain neuroses or certain things, and since it is now named and defined, it’s lost its mystery and the potential for a vast, infinite experience.” –David Lynch Continue reading Born On This Day – January 20, 1946

Born On This Day – January 20, 1920

“Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can’t teach old fleas new dogs.” “It’s absolutely impossible to improvise. Making a movie is a mathematical operation. It is like sending a missile to the moon. It isn’t improvised. It is too defined to be called improvisational, too mechanical. Art is a scientific operation, so I can say that what we usually call improvisation is in my case just having an ear and eye for things that sometimes occur during the time we are making the picture.” –Federico Fellini … Continue reading Born On This Day – January 20, 1920