So pass the cranberry sauce, because it turns out we’re headed to SXSW after all. Drop us a line if you’ll be there and feel like saying hi.
At indieWIRE, Eugene Hernandez reports that "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," from "Atanarjuat"‘s Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk, will be the opening night film of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Charles Masters at the Hollywood Reporter writes that "Paris, je t’aime," the anthology film made up of 20 shorts from 20 prominent directors (one for each arrondissement) will be kicking off the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes this year â€” we (along with doubtless everyone else in the world) have been eyeing this one for ages, as the cast and filmmaker list encompasses every single prominent indie/foreign film talent that has ever existed (and, warping space and time, some that don’t yet exist). Has anyone ever made a good anthology film? Who cares?! Let’s hear it for quantity over quality.
At the New York Observer, Scott Eyman‘s review of George Stevens Jr.’s "Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age" is really an (ever-so-slightly crabby but nevertheless worth reading) excuse to muse on the days when filmmakers were idealistic in their approach to film:
But their great-grandchildren were nurtured in a pop culture that values â€¦ what, exactly? Money? Notice ascending toward fame? If the paradigmatic director of the studio period was a happy studio craftsman like George Cukor, who could manage to make even mediocre material radiate concision and class, and who could tailor quality material into something fit for entertaining generations yet unborn, then the paradigmatic director of today would be a happy hack like Doug Liman ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith"), excreting unamusingly grubby commercial movies with ridiculous pretensions in a business that makes no economic sense.
Of course, all fond backward looking aside, Mr. Eyman, you can hardly say that kids these days are falling over themselves to rip a copy of "Adam’s Rib" to their video iPods. At the Toronto Star, a similarly nostalgic Geoff Pevere writes about Henry Fonda, John Wayne and the lost art of body language (lost along with the long take, he would have it).
And Will Self in the Independent calls John Hillcoat‘s rather good "The Proposition" "a proposition about what an Australian Western might be, rather than a revision of something that really never was."
+ "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen" To Kick-Off Toronto’s 2006 Festival (indieWIRE)
+ Cannes in love with "Paris" (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Modest, Idealistic Filmmakersâ€”But All That Was Long Ago (NY Observer)
+ The Proposition: Bringing the revisionist Western to the Australian outback (Independent)