Gabriel Wardell has over 15 years of professional film experience as a projectionist, curator, writer, programmer, event producer and film festival director. Gabe produced the…
Do you have to see all 29 films in the Zero Dark anthology for Zero Dark 30 to make sense?
That photo looks like the real life version of this:
@zedsmith: Duly noted. Manda Bala set Sao Paolo as the "Crime Capital." Sentence has been corrected.
"and today gabe wardell had an epiphany about the nature of cultural production in a consumer economy"
I understand how the industry works, Eric. Thanks for the comment.
Beneath these initial observations, I am actually wondering whether the quality of films shot here might have something to do with the type of productions deep tax incentives (can someone explain to me how this different from corporate welfare?) attract. It's not an indictment of the films, just an observation. Films looking to save the most might not always be the quality business.
I find it curious that less than 20% of what's shot here is worth even watching. Whenever I DO decide to give a film production a look because it was made in GA (and I'll probably see some friends as extras, in the crew, and some familiar landmarks) I'm invariably disappointed. Most recently--I tried to get through WHAT TO EXPECT... and couldn't even finish it.
Don't get me wrong, I love that the film industry is thriving here. But wouldn't it be nice to be able to brag on the city without having to say, yeah...the movie wasn't very good, but it DID create jobs?
@oydave: "When the digital equipment is acquired, will they even be able to project 35mm as well? Goddess I hope so...but the future's a bitch."
In all likelihood, the 35mm at the Plaza will die. Unless the new owner invests in a "reel to reel" dual projection system, and ditches the platters.
The only 35mm prints (worth projecting) that will continue to circulate in the future will be archival prints that cannot be plattered.
It'd be a little like investing in a turntable while buying a state-of-the art digital home entertainment system. Not out of the question, but something purely based on nostalgia and a dedication to the analog format.
Fellini is terrific, but he's no Hitchcock. After 8 1/2 the films become progressively unhinged--his Jungian obsession sunk his ability to tell a story.
As for Hitch: NXNW is his most fun film. I've always thought of Vertigo '58, NXNW '59, and Psycho '60 as a trilogy--each deconstructing a different facet of the cinema going experience: Vertigo is the romance about voyeurism; NXNW is the thriller about "performance" and movie stars, and Psycho is the "chiller" about audience identification with the characters on screen. It's a three film run as strong as any in film history.
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