A blog about the films of Brooklyn, NYC based indie filmmaker Sujewa Ekanayake. The Secret Society For Slow Romance (2021), Werewolf Ninja Philosopher (2018), + 8 earlier films. Also posts on real indie/DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movies. And US and other indie films, and film festivals.
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Hmmm, I guess hard core fans of the later seasons of Sex and the City will really dig the movie
Partially driven by Kurt Loder's review of Sex and the City movie, I went and checked it out today. There were a couple of good moments in it. Good cinematography as always/as seen in the TV show. But the verve & freshness of some of the early episodes of the TV series is pretty much not present in the movie. However, since I am not a part of the target audience for the movie, and tons of people are checking out the movie, according to media reports, I guess the movie is a marketing & sales success. Good for the business side of things, but I personally was not entertained the same way I was by some of the early episodes of the TV series (me & my girlfriend did laugh at the movie a lot, which is not - I assume - the kind of response the makers of the movie necessarily wanted). I found the Diane Arbus line to be funny, but no one else in the Silver Spring Majestic 20 theater did (or at least I didn't hear them laugh out loud). All in all, kind of interesting. But hey, congrats on the high ticket sales & of course getting the movie done & out. And, we (or at least in mainstream distributed movies) don't often see ladies in their 40's & 50's as leading females in romantic comedies, so that was a refreshing change (although, the ladies in Sex/City movie look like they are in their 30's - more or less, but the characters were supposed to be mostly 40-something, w/ Samantha at 50).
Interview with the stars of The Secret Society For SLOW ROMANCE - 9.7.20
Filmmaker Brandon David Wilson interview - On Covid19, Sepulveda movie, the future, growing up in LA
The Amazing Dan Mirvish! - Making indie movies, from Hollywood - an inspiring discussion
Click on the images below for the full episode 478 featuring all the guests. Or see the YouTube video segment of Amir Motlagh segment only at bottom of page. * * Info on the screening at Chicago Filmmakers here . - S
Apparently Eric Rohmer - a celebrated filmmaker in the art house film world - and his racist beliefs have been an open secret for decades. I only heard about it last night. See images and links below. Rohmer thought that only Europeans should make movies. And he did not like multi-ethnic casting in movies. Avoided casting non-white actors in his movies for decades - thus making his movies racist. There are plenty of other, non-racist, French and other filmmakers we can watch. Avoid Eric Rohmer movies - racism is a dangerous belief system - has lead to the death of millions of people in the past. From - paragraphs 5 and 6 - https://artsfuse.org/152414/book-review-a-superb-biography-of-french-filmmaker-eric-rohmer/ From a new article by Richard Brody, paragraph 11 - https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/looking-behind-eric-rohmers-cinematic-style - Sujewa
On The Road, one of my favorite books (I read it once every year), one that I found for the first time in the early 90's & which kept me from getting too sad during a Chicago winter, is turning 50 years old this year. In celebration here is a YouTube clip of author Jack Kerouac reading from his book: - Sujewa