The Drive soundtrack is rocketing up the iTunes charts, says Hollywood Reporter‘s Lindsay Powers. It was at #7 over the weekend and at #5 this morning. Some Twitter guy reportedly wrote that “listening to the Drive soundtrack actually makes you 40% cooler than you were before,” etc. The truth? Even I have downloaded College’s “A Real Hero.” The album is purchasable on iTunes for $9.99 or can be bought on CD on 9.27.
Here’s to Sony Classics‘ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard and their ongoing celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary, which more or less kicked off in Toronto. I’ve been dealing with them since the early ’90s. As far as I’m concerned there’s no team with a more intelligent or well-measured approach, and no finer brand in the indie realm (dependent or otherwise). I especially love Barker-Bernard for their long alliance with Pedro Almodovar.
David Poland‘s video interview works pretty well, I think. I don’t have any Jihadist qualms about posting his stuff, so here it is and best wishes to Sony Classics — a company that has been good to me all along.
A German Bluray (Region 2) of William Wellman‘s The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) has been out since late August. A bit on the nose at times, but one of Wellman’s finest. Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Harry Morgan and Anthony Quinn gave career-best performances. Criterion would have done better to issue a Bluray of this (especially in view of Arthur C. Miller‘s moody, Gregg Toland-like cinematography) than that atrocious grainstorm Stageocach.
So when’s the Region 1 Bluray of this 20th Century Fox classic coming out, Schawn Belston or James Finn? What other black and white westerns should be on Bluray? Red River, High Noon, The Gunfighter and what else?
Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings has announced that Netflix’s DVD-by-mail service will, “in a few weeks,” be re-named Qwikster while the movie-streaming service will retain the Netflix name. The “qwik,” of course, is a variation of the “quik” in Nestle’s Quik, which I subsisted on for years as a kid. So it’s that blended with Flixter.
Last night Albert Nobbs star-producer Glenn Close was handed the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Donostia Award, which was basically a tribute to her long career. This will be the general Academy thinking or impetus if she’s nominated for a Best Actress Oscar early next year. Nobbs director Rodrigo Garcia presented the award during a ceremony in Donosta-San Sebastian‘s Kursaal Auditorium.
Last night Jett, his roommate Sonya and I caught a 7:50 pm screening of Drive at Brooklyn’s UA Court Street Stadium plex. I hit the bathroom after it ended — two urinals and a toilet stall with nine or ten guys lined up. I was looking for a little sit-down action, but a black guy went into the stall first and took ownership and didn’t come out. Three, four minutes. Five minutes. Six. Could he be giving birth?
Then, still on the pot, he began talking to his girlfriend on his cell, flirting with her, settling in. “How ya doin’? Movie’s over…yeah. You wanna eat somethin’?,” etc.
If I had any balls I would have knocked on the stall door and said, “Yo, homey!” I didn’t, of course. I just stood and waited. The idea of showing consideration to others wasn’t occuring to this guy. Around the seven- or eight-minute mark I gave up and went outside and used the facilities at a nearby Barnes and Noble.
It’s simply a matter of culture and manners. I’ll be attending an invitational screening of George Clooney‘s The Ides of March at the Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday. If I happen to hit the bathroom after it ends I can absolutely guarantee that nobody will sit in a toilet stall for several minutes, ignoring the fact that several others are waiting to unload, while having a chit-chat phone conversation. I’ll put $100 on this right now. I’ll bet anything.
A rhetorical, non-litigious claim is being made by author James J. Braddock (a.k.a. Josep K. Knezevic) that Angelia Jolie used the basic plot bones of his book, The Soul Shattering, in her script of In The Land of Blood Honey, an upcoming Serb-Bosnian war drama that she’s directed.
Based on the myriad horrors of the Serb-Bosnian conflict and partly set in a Serb-run concentration camp, Jolie’s plot is a variation on the Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story disparate-lovers theme.
Braddock is claiming there are crucial similarities between his book and Jolie’s script. But history can’t be copyrighted, these assertions are difficult to prove, story theft claims are as common as mosquitoes, if Braddock really had a case he’d almost certainly be suing, and William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet centuries ago.
But if you read Braddock’s statement, you’ll at least get a clear idea of what the specific plot particulars are in Jolie’s film. That, for me, is the interesting part.
Jolie’s film costars Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic as the lovers, Serb and Muslim respectively, with Rade Serbedzija as Kostic’s Serb father.
Film District will release the Graham King-produced film on 12.23.11.