At the Telegraph, Ang Lee talks with David Gritten about why he loves Ingmar Bergman‘s "The Virgin Spring" (the film that inspired, strange but true, Wes Craven‘s 1972 debut "The Last House on the Left"). "It was the artistic power of the filmmaking. But also, it questions the existence of God, and I thought: how dare anyone ask where God is in artistic form? That was beyond me, because I wasn’t brought up that way, so that was a revelation for me too."
Via Kim Tae-jong at the Korea Times, the press-shy Kim Ki-duk held a rare (and strange) press conference after a screening of his new film "Time," expressing bitterness over his lack of success in his home country despite his fame everywhere else:
"From now on, I wonâ€™t submit any of my new works to international film festivals held in Korea, including Pusan. This could sound like a threat, complaint or petition, and I know my decision will harm my career. But I did not have good responses to my work, and if I keep failing, I may have to find another job," he said.
Kim expressed his bitter feelings about the phenomenal success of the recent local blockbuster, "The Host."
"As a bleeding director, I think, whether this sounds negative or positive, itâ€™s the finest result produced as it meets the needs of local audiences and the film industry," Kim said.
Is that some snark we detect through the rough translation? Who knows!
My own favorite [Claude] Chabrol film is still Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), which I screen every year in my international-film history class at Columbia, and of which I never tire. When I was in Paris in 1961 and everyone was raving about Jean-Luc Godard and FranÃ§ois Truffaut, I asked Henri Langlois, the head of the CinÃ©mathÃ¨que FranÃ§aise, who he thought was the most promising of the nouvelle vague directors. Without a momentâ€™s hesitation, he answered with defiant certitude, â€œCHABROL!â€
Hardly anyone agreed with him back then, and not too many do now. Over the years, I myself have written much more about Mr. Rohmer, Mr. Godard and Truffaut than about Mr. Chabrol. But the certitude of Langlois has stayed in my mind.
At the San Francisco Bay Guardian, K. Tighe chats with John Byrum about his quite possible before its time (though still not that great) 1984 "The Razor’s Edge," which featured Bill Murray in his first serious role:
"I’ll tell you who got this movie made," Byrum says. "It was Dan Aykroyd. Dan pointed out that we could give Ghostbusters to Columbia in exchange for a green light on The Razor’s Edge â€” Bill was convinced. Forty-five minutes later we had a caterer." This devil’s bargain is par for the course. Hollywood legend has it that Tyrone Power committed to do one more Zorro movie for the privilege of playing Larry Darrell.
That would be in the 1946 version of "The Razor’s Edge." And who wouldn’t want to be Larry Darrell? He gets engaged to a rich chick, dumps her to loaf around Paris and then travel to India and get all "enlightened," and comes back years later only to have her fall all over him again â€” how aggravating!
Everyone’s abuzz with rumors that Mel Gibson‘s "Apocalypto" is being shopped around by Disney, who supposedly no longer wants it after The Incident. Of course, nothing’s confirmed yet; still, that didn’t stopped good ol’ Fox News from reporting it.
What were the circumstances that lead you to become a filmmaker, and what other creative outlets do you have?
I was a big fan of Siskel & Ebert as a kid, so I originally wanted to be a movie critic. Seeing Spike Lee‘s "Do the Right Thing" got me excited about the potential of filmmaking. I have no other creative outlets, though I wish I could play guitar.
And really, who doesn’t?
+ Trailer: The Marine (Yahoo)
+ Film world mourns man who banged the (paper) gong for Rank (Independent)
+ Film-makers on film: Ang Lee (Telegraph)
+ Film Director Kim Announces â€˜His Funeralâ€™ (Korea Times)
+ Chabrolâ€™s The Bridesmaid: When Family Is a Fraud (NY Observer)
+ John Byrum revisits The Razor’s Edge and Bill Murray’s dramatic debut (SF Bay Guardian)
+ London’s derelict cinemas (Boing Boing)
+ Shopped or dropped? Rumours surround fate of new Gibson movie (Guardian)
+ indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Ryan Fleck, director of "Half Nelson" (indieWIRE)