Stephen James, a partner in R G C Jenkins & Co, the London-based intellectual-property firm that lodged the application, said: â€œI have spent the past ten years trying to get Tarzanâ€™s yell trademarked but the difficulty has been putting a sound down on paper.
â€œWe say that anybody, from the age of 5 to 105, who heard that sound would say it is Tarzan. There is still a lot of interest from people who want to license the Tarzan name and also to use the yell.â€
Beyond brilliantly meshing visual form with themeâ€”empty canvases with empty livesâ€”Antonioni contributed early to cinemaâ€™s migration from Victorian narrative modes, as necessary and welcome a move as was that from Great Expectations to Mrs. Dalloway for literature. Beginning with Lâ€™avventura, his films are firmly liberated from Hollywoodâ€™s obsessive insistence on the conclusive denouement, on tying things up, whether for better (Mildred Pierce; Stagecoach) or worse (Sunset Boulevard).
At the LA Weekly, a kid-centric twofer: Ella Taylor takes on the plague of cuteness in children’s cinema, "virtually monopolized by studios where, thematically, every last picture boils down to AFOG â€” Another Fucking Opportunity for Growth." And John Anderson covers the fall of what Eli Roth labeled "the last taboo," the killing of children on film.
Turturroâ€™s musical Romance & Cigarettes poses another sort of challenge. I know people who think itâ€™s a masterpiece and I know people who think itâ€™s an embarrassment. With regard to this movie, oddly enough, those judgments are not mutually exclusive. Characters swamped with emotion burst into well-known pop songs, and although there is (inevitably) an element of camp, thereâ€™s no protective shell of irony (as in Dennis Potterâ€™s Pennies From Heaven and The Singing Detective). The actors sometimes look foolish. The transitions are jarring. But you can make a case that the awkwardness is central to the filmâ€™s design. The mixture of the stylized and raw is brave and original.
+ EXCLUSIVE! THE CLOVERFIELD TRAILER – SEEN! (CHUD)
+ Anyone can ape Tarzan as court rules his yell is public property (London Times)
+ End of Story (Artforum)
+ Diane Keaton on Photography (NY Review of Books)
+ BLADE RUNNER IS A CITY PLANNER’S DREAM: THOM ANDERSEN (Stop Smiling)
+ Too Cute for Their Own Good (LA Weekly)
+ Short People, Short Lives (LA Weekly)
+ Odds and Bodkins: Isabella Rossellini Awkwardness, Much More (New York)