THE OBENSON REPORT

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Friday Links - Happy Weekend!

- Russian Communist party members condemned the new Indiana Jones' film on Friday as crude anti-Soviet propaganda that distorted history and called for it to be banned from Russian screens. Something to think about when you're sitting in the theatre this weekend, with a tub of lard and sugar in your lap, watching the 4th installment of the Indiana Jones series.

- "The Americans are lazy, they're arrogant and too scared to do any deals. I tell them: get some balls, your companies are all going down the toilet, maybe now's the time to get some films before it all collapses." As the Cannes Film festival winds down, U.S. distributors have been rather passive in the acquisitions department, scaring others.

- A Pac-Man movie is in development! No, this isn't a joke! It sounds almost as ridiculous as a Tetris movie... oh wait, actually, there already is a Tetris movie on schedule.

- Why both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter TOTALLY SUCK! The war between old and new media content creators spills over into the film industry, as a crop of mostly young bloggers like myself, fight for respect!

- Catch up on the great ones at Senses Of Cinema's critical "Great Directors" series, a rather thoughtful online journal with lots of quality articles on many aspects of cinema.

- I will be seeing the film below tomorrow night at the ongoing African Film Festival here in New York. It's played at a number of international film festivals to mostly critical acclaim, and comes highly recommended from trusted sources. I'm looking forward to it, specifically because the filmmaker is Cameroonian, as am I. I'll post a review after I see it!

4 comments:

  1. Invisible Woman said...
     

    Wow, that sci-fi film looks really interesting...report back!

  2. Nic said...
     

    I'm sure Hollywood Reporter and Variety consider themselves the ultimate "insiders" in Hollywood. So I'm sure it kills them when "amateurs"(in their minds) like yourself and others get the scoop before they do.

    I suggest they get over themselves because bloggers are here to stay.

  3. Anonymous said...
     

    Wow. I was intrigued and went poking around for a trailer. This was all I could find: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRK-Nb0_Mp0

    Please DO share after you've seen it.

    - P

  4. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...
     

    Wow, African sci-fi (as opposed to supersition and blood sacrifice)... coolio!

    Les Saignantes looks interesting, though you can't really get much of what the story's about from the trailer. It does seem to be in French though, so I hope it's subtitled, and subtitled well.

    Do let us know what you think once you've seen it.

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