This week on IFC News:
Years down the road, what would you like to be known best for?
I would love someday if I was lucky enough to keep making movies and people say, "He was in ‘Police Academy?’ What were those movies?" I know that if I drop dead, my obituary photo is going to be me in a police uniform. But I’d be really happy if I was also known as someone who made movies. I don’t really want to act, and I think fortunately, Hollywood has spoken and nobody is hiring me. (laughs) It’s good that those two things are in sync.
R. Emmet Sweeney reports on Guy Maddin‘s "Brand Upon the Brain!" screening/performance (which involved both live foley artists and Isabella Rossellini) at the closing of the New York Film Festival’s Views From the Avant Garde program.
As Eastwood‘s narrator observes, we need heroes. But what kind of heroes do we need; ones imagined by screenwriters and PR men or ones lived by ordinary, selfless men and women? The WWE has one idea, Eastwood has another. Curiously, Eastwood’s studio, DreamWorks (now part of Paramount) sides with the wrestlers; their marketing campaign for "Flags," replete with war drums and action shots while title cards hype the Battle of Iwo Jima’s Medal of Honor winners, essentially sells the movie as the sort of patriotic spectacle Eastwood spends two hours critiquing and "The Marine" spends 90 minutes being.