1. “Christopher Nolan Breaks Silence on Interstellar Sound (Exclusive).” The director says the movie’s ’adventurous and creative’ sound is ’the right approach for this experiential film.’
“Nolan attributed Interstellar’s sound to ’very tight teamwork’ among composer Hans Zimmer, re-recording mixers Gary Rizzo and Gregg Landaker and sound designer Richard King. ’We made carefully considered creative decisions,’ he said. ’There are particular moments in this film where I decided to use dialogue as a sound effect, so sometimes it’s mixed slightly underneath the other sound effects or in the other sound effects to emphasize how loud the surrounding noise is. It’s not that nobody has ever done these things before, but it’s a little unconventional for a Hollywood movie.’”
2. “Hayao Miyazaki isn’t making features but is at work on manga.” Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times sits down with the animation master.
“I’m very busy. I go into my atelier every day, and a lot is requested of me, so I work on those items. It’s a bit of a problem for me. For example, I have a friend who has gone to Fukushima to help out with children there, with getting them a play area and a place that they can spend time in. I’m asked to make a graphic for that location, to draw up plans for that kind of facility, and also for the Studio Ghibli museum. We sometimes make new pictures for the displays at the museum. And my own hobby, which is drawing a manga; I haven’t been able to finish it, so I’m pulled in all different directions.”
3. “Bebop/Silence.” For the Los Angeles Review of Books, Charles Taylor on Hickey & Bogg.
“At first, the sound they made was jazz. Two hipsters, effortlessly tuned into each other, familiar with each other’s rhythms, elisions, phrasing, each so confident he didn’t feel the need to outdo his partner. And they were partners. When the white guy was offered the gig he made it clear he wouldn’t take it if the black guy was only going to be a sideman. Partners. That’s how it was going to be. Each distinct enough to be a soloist and both secure enough to duet. Like put-on artists, they talked to each other as only two men committed to playfulness could talk, finding a way to say what was important without saying it. Keeping their cool, keeping their style no matter what tempo changes got thrown at them was as much a matter of pride as being turned out in the coolest threads. And there was never any of that talk about, Is the white guy hip enough to play with the black guy? The question always was, were we hip enough to hear them?”
4. “After 33 Years and an Airplane Explosion, Their Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Amy Nicolson on the longest film shoot in history finally wrapping.
“When Raiders needed a monkey, they used Chris’ dog, Snickers. When they needed a new Marion, they wooed a pretty girl from church to give up her summers and hang with the geeks. (Says Chris, “I thought she was cool because she smoked cigarettes. Capri Lights.”) She was Chris’ first kiss and they flirted until she ditched him for an extra playing a Nazi. When they needed an Egyptian tomb, they stenciled hieroglyphics in Eric’s basement. When the script called for a bar fire, they poured 36 bottles of rubbing alcohol on themselves and the cellar walls and lit a match. (That move got production grounded for a year.)”
5. “The Death of the Private Eye.” Inherent Vice gets John Semley thinking about where the private eye came from and went.
“Imagine, for a second, a modern private-detective movie. A weeping wife is seated in the smoky, wood-paneled office of Skip Tracer, private investigator and overwrought cliché. She suspects that her husband is having an affair and wants Skip to tail him. He agrees, shakes on it, then cruises hubby’s Facebook profile to find that—quite by accident, being both a rookie adulterer and lousy with his iPhone settings—he has publicly announced his presence at one of those by-the-hour joints, right around the corner. Skip escorts his client to the precise latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates, where she catches her soon-to-be-ex in flagrante delicto. Case closed. Having unearthed no leads about jewel-encrusted falcons or municipal water theft, our modern P.I. vanishes back into the past, deserting a present moment that doesn’t have much use for him anyway.”
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