So the IFC-produced Kirby Dick doc on the MPAA, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," got slapped with an NC-17 by the aforementioned ratings organization. Via Reuters. Of course, how much this means will depend on whether or not it gets picked up for a theatrical release at Sundance.
At The Age, a great overview of the booming cinema of Nigeria:
A wellspring of some 50 new films a week, home to a unique genre that might be called "romantic voodoo", and a cinematic assembly line that churns out blockbusters for as little as $US8,000 ($A10,700) apiece, bustling, turbulent Nigeria has emerged as the hottest new movie Mecca in Africa.
According to industry analysts, the country’s brash young film industry – inevitably dubbed "Nollywood" – is raking in at least $US200 million ($A270 million) a year, making it the third-largest box office in the world after the United States and India.
At Slate, Matt Feeney chalks up "Layer Cake"‘s mysterious success on DVD to the fact that the format allows viewers to go back as many times as needed to decipher the characters thick accents, while Armond White makes a guest appearance to dismiss Mel Watkins‘ recent attempts to cast Stepin Fetchit (nÃ©e Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry) as a subversive force.
And at the New York Press, Jennifer Merin totally softballs an interview with Rob Marshall on "Memoirs of a Geisha." C’mon, NYP, you’re supposed to be, like, professional angry people. Surely, if you managed to get in with Marshall, you wouldn’t mind burning that wee bridge in exchange for asking him a few tough questions or at least through water in his face and running away, cackling? Though, s’truth, we were a bit surprised not to see Armond White declaring "Memoirs" "the most emotionally true portrait of Asian women on screen since Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki in ‘You Only Live Twice.’"
+ Hollywood documentary gets harsh MPAA rating (Reuters)
+ Nigeria becomes a B-movie factory (The Age)
+ What Did He Say? (Slate)
+ Back in Blackface (Slate)
+ JENNIFER MERIN INTERVIEWS ROB MARSHALL (NY Press)