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Friday, April 29, 2011

Isaach De Bankole said the story in The Limits of Control is not symbolic

L to R: Moderator from Museum of Arts and Design, "Behind Jim Jarmusch" director Lea Rinaldi, actor Isaach De Bankole, 4/29/11, NYC


Let me clarify that title above - of course anything can be symbolic - can hold a meaning other than what is primarily presented in a given object, story, or person, but, what I wanted to find out was that as an actor, when faced with a scene such as the one where De Bankole's character tells Bill Murray's character in the fortress scene that he (the hit man/De Bankole) got into the well guarded facility using his imagination, was that statement in the script accepted as truth in the real world (of the movie) by him (De Bankole, the actor, in playing the character, as opposed to the scene being a dream sequence, a fantasy, or a symbolic/not-real scene)?


De Bankole said it - the statement/the event - was real.


Further explanation: my question to De Bankole was how exactly did the hit man use his imagination to get into the well guarded room? De Bankole said that earlier in the script clues are given, such as being able to break the body down into small molecules, etc and by using those methods the hit man was able to get past the guards. So, if that is the truth, if De Bankole approached the script as a "real" story (specially that scene, the most important one in the entire movie in my opinion), & not a symbolic story, then the next time I watch The Limits of Control I am going to approach it the same way - the story presented is literal, or more literal than symbolic (the first time I watched the movie I did not know exactly what to make of it). So the hit man actually walks, walks, walks, & then uses special abilities to get into a guarded room & kill the bad guy - instead of that whole story being primarily a symbol for many other things (creative power vs guns, etc.). Cool, mystery cleared, thanks to everyone who had a hand in making the screening event mentioned below possible. I am going to take The Limits of Control as an actual story that happens in the world of the movie, just as Stranger Than Paradise, Mystery Train, Night On Earth were real stories, as opposed to dream sequences, or other primarily symbolic scenes, within the world of the movie.


That Q & A mentioned above happened earlier today at the NYC/Museum of Art and Design screening of Behind Jim Jarmusch, a doc about the making of The Limits of Control. I believe the doc is available as an extra on the Limits DVD. Check it out, great movie for Jarmusch fans.


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Thursday, April 28, 2011

UN report on the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka

Lots of killing by people who have divided themselves into two competing groups (Sinhala & Tamil) after buying into race theory, one of the oldest & most destructive lies/tool of war & conquest in the world. Read the report here.

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Perhaps the logic behind Limits of Control will be revealed in the doc about making of the movie

The doc of which I speak is called Behind Jim Jarmusch (not a great title in my humble opinion, but perhaps it has more meaning in French, most likely the native language of the director of the doc), and it is screening in NYC tomorrow night (go here for info). Looking forward to seeing it. Perhaps the doc will illuminate exactly what's going on in Limits of Control - the most mysterious - design wise - of all of Jarmusch's movies. Here are 3 clips from the doc, go see it yo:

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Doc on Jim Jarmusch screening on Fri 4/29 (tmrrw) in NYC

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Get info on the screening here.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What's up with all the Elvis Mitchell hate?

Here's Anne Thompson's reaction to a fellow film critic losing a job, pretty evil. That's just one of a dozen similar articles out there.

But on the bright side, here's Kim Voynar's reaction to the firing, pretty classy.

Anyway, back to the question - what's with all the hate re: Mitchell? Probably due to jealousy.

So, the future (that's the closest I can come to a Source Code reference at this time)? Mitchell will no doubt land another great gig, his supporters & friends will be happy, & the haters will either keep on hating or work on their writing & other creative skills so that they too may be able to one day experience the kind of success Mitchell has experienced. Really, has Anne Thompson appeared in Entourage playing herself - or will she ever? I don't think so.

What all this drama shows is that Mitchell is a genuine rock star film critic (perhaps the only one right now?). So whoever hires him next will benefit not only from his creative skills, but his reputation (even though they may have to work with Mitchell's apparently sometimes less than professional ways, but, you know, dealing with great talents takes some work & requires some flexibility, not an unusual thing in the entertainment biz). One thing is for certain, I did not know much about Mitchell or read much of his writing prior to the recent Movieline firing drama, and now, having read some reviews of his & having listened to interviews conducted by him, looks like he does very good work - looking forward to reading more.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Of course artists (for the most part) have always worked other jobs

But to some in the indie film world, this is a new reality - check out the shock & the sadness at this post by Ted Hope.

Indie film, for the most part, is art film people. Anything art will always require financial support from sources other than revenue generated by the selling of the said art (there are some exceptions to this view from time to time, of course).

But, on the other hand, it is only a short walk from art film to entertainment/most Hollywood type filmmaking - so, make a genre film every once in a while, distribute it, & see if u can pay some bills with the $s gained.

Anyway, everyone dies eventually, so might as well spend your time on Earth doing something that you love or at least enjoy a lot. So, if indie filmmaking is your choice for that, then enjoy it, & if you gotta have some day jobs in order to make it happen, then enjoy that part of being an indie filmmaker also.

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Driving without batteries & other stories from Sri Lanka - the short film Kerosene

Check out the short film Kerosene in its entirety here.

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Koothu, paper and Kerosene trailer



Trailer: Koothu, paper and kerosene from Kannan Arunasalam on Vimeo.


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Daily News article on Ed Burns, "Newlyweds", & Tribeca film fest

Read it here.

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Khoobi page

Here's the page for Amir Motlagh's new movie Khoobi, which will be released to the world soon. If you are into Iranian history & or know about belonging to two worlds but not being at home in either, you will probably dig the movie. More on the movie when it becomes available for everyone to view - this summer I believe.

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James Spooner interview re: vegan tattooing

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Saw "Blank City"

Saw "Blank City", doc about NYC underground film in the 1970's & 80's at the IFC Center last night. I think the neighborhood that IFC Center is at now was probably the same neighborhood that the filmmakers in the doc were hanging out in back in the day - in its rougher, run down incarnation. Anyway, about the doc - great if you are a fan of any of the artists featured in the doc - and me being a huge fan of Jarmusch movies it was a treat to connect some dots as to how films such as Stranger Than Paradise came to be. When I first saw Stranger in film school in the early 90's it seemed as if the film was beamed to earth from an alien planet, 'cause everything about it was far different from movies I had seen up to then - but now it turns out that there was a whole bunch of people & ideas that contributed to the eventual style that broke out into the world via Stranger. The scene at the screening was fun - people talked with each other - strangers - a bit before the screening, the folks working at IFC center were friendly & were fans of the movie, etc. "Blank City" will probably motivate contemporary indie filmmakers to get more work done since it is a lot easier now to produce high quality images & sounds and the whole idea of off-Hollywood/art/indie/underground filmmaking has been turned into a normal & accepted & known & commercially viable aspect of culture - something that the folks featured in "Blank City" had more than a little to do with, as far as I can tell. So, yeah, good movie, worth the $13, see it in a movie theater with other people/meet some like minded strangers at the screening & maybe do your own, modern version of the underground film scene afterwards.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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