Lying Liars who Lie - Let's be honest about Sarah Jones -
So the producers of MIDNIGHT RIDER are charged now and the wheels are turning and according to Daily Variety and just about every person I talk to who is in charge of determining my hours we are all “more focused on safety.” It’s all over my Facebook Feed and Twitter Feed and you know what….?
as an indie producer who’s crewed on sets, I make it a priority to keep humane work/turnover hours. 12 on, 12 off, union or not. it correlates directly with the safety of your crew and set AS WELL AS ITS EFFICIENCY! we’ve all stolen shots here and there, but if you’re actually in a situation in which you’re asking yourself “should I have a permit for this?” you probably should have attained one.
making movies should never have to result in death or involuntary manslaughter charges. this shit is awful, but here’s to hoping the severity of it will keep this from happening again.
Ukraine is Not a Brothel (2013) | feminism and feminist protest should be encouraged and supported, but I’ve always felt unsure about FEMEN, the topless protest group that originated from Ukraine. as one of the best documentaries I’ve watched recently, Ukraine is Not a Brothel boldly explores the organization and uncovers truths about it that provide a deeper (and sadder, honestly) understanding about the place of women today.
Dinosaur 13 (2014) | a heartbreaking doc that chronicles the story of the team that found Sue, the most complete tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed, and how greed and the government took her away from them.
Some Like it Hot (1959) | you can definitely see what later films took from this comedy classic…and that last line is just perfection.
The Apartment (1960) | Billy Wilder wrote and directed this film, so obviously, it’s great, but what I found to be really incredible is how it still holds up perfectly—this film is very much a timeless masterpiece.
1971 (2014) | A fascinating and well-crafted documentary that shows that the need for transparency is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) | there is so much to love about this film; most of all I loved being completely drawn in by the characters and stories of this world.
Mrs Brown (1997) | a dull, dry period drama (although lacking the drama bit) that feels strongly of the sort that was made in the mid-90s.
Point and Shoot (2014) | this has received overwhelmingly rave reviews and just won the Best Documentary Feature prize at Tribeca yesterday, and while the footage is incredible, there’s something fundamentally wrong and revoltingly vain about glorifying one reckless and privileged American man-child’s fantasy of becoming an adventurer in a far off land (in this case, Libya) and being a revolutionary in someone else’s war.
Under the Skin (2013) | hollow bullshit maximizing ScarJo’s forte of blank face acting skills.
Becoming Bulletproof (2013) | well this thoughtful and thoroughly engaging documentary totally made the cynicism in me melt.
Noah (2014) | a part of me is so glad that Darren Aronofsky got the chance to basically make a bold, big ass budget experimental film, but the other part of me feels like it was such a waste of funds due to its batshit insanity, especially in the second half of the film.
Last Days in Vietnam (2014) | this documentary covers the harrowing true story of the evacuation of the American Embassy in Saigon, and while there are some incredible moments, overall the film is a little staid and “tv.”
E-Team (2014) | this is an incredible and raw documentary that follows members of Human Rights Watch’s E-Team (Emergencies Team) as they document and report on atrocities that happen throughout the world. you’ll end up feeling thankful knowing that these incredible people are out there in the world, fighting the bad guys.