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 Post subject: Lena Dunham
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:38 pm 
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Pressure (short), 2006 / Criterion Collection DVD, BD
Dealing (short), 2006
Open the Door (short), 2007 / Criterion Collection DVD, BD
Hooker on Campus (short), 2007 / Criterion Collection DVD, BD
The Fountain (short), 2007 / Criterion Collection DVD, BD
Tight Shots (web series), 2007-2008
Delusional Downtown Divas (web series), 2009
Creative Nonfiction, 2009 / Criterion Collection DVD, BD
Tiny Furniture, 2010 / Criterion Collection DVD, BD
Nobody Walks (co-writer), 2012 (Magnolia Pictures, as yet undistributed)
Girls (TV series), 2012 / HBO

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597 Tiny Furniture
Criterion and IFC
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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:38 pm 

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Harmonov wrote:
ianungstad wrote:
They can't be that picky if they are planning a special edition of Tiny Furniture.

Another woman director in the Collection, which is great. I still haven't seen it, but look forward to giving it an unbiased shot.

Who knows - perhaps he was just blowing smoke up my ass with everything he told me.

So...I'm not an expert or anything, but will Tiny Furniture be the first film in the collection that was shot on a Canon 7d?


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:40 pm 
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It's the first film in the collection that should be shot out of a cannon


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:52 pm 
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With Lena Dunham presumably joining the collection, Criterion certainly missed a golden opportunity to have her provide an appreciation on last year's Bigger Than Life release.

"I was watching it with a boy who I wanted very much to think I was cool and have a crush on me, but the whole time I was like, ugh, yawn, bring a book, I can't deal with this. . . ." probably only scratches the surface of her insight.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:07 pm 
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Wow! From what I've read Tiny Furniture seems like a mish-mash of mid-twenties post-college isolation and aimlessness. That's original.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
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At first I thought perhaps Criterion chose Tiny Furniture due to its marketability, but now I see that Certified Copy hasn't even finished its theatrical run and has already grossed more than Tiny Furniture did, and also has far more IMDb ratings than does Tiny Furniture, so perhaps the market factor is unrelated to this choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:30 pm 
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souvenir wrote:
probably only scratches the surface of her insight.

Behold: the collected film criticism of Lena Dunham. Seriously.

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David Thomson opens an essay on the Red Riding trilogy by stating: “Red Riding is better than The Godfather.” I’m not sure if this is true, because I’ve never seen The Godfather. According to every guy I’ve ever dated, this renders me ineligible for making films or even discussing them. But I know myself, for better or worse, and mafia narratives (be they tragic, comic, starring a Pacino, a De Niro, or even my beloved Hugh Grant) leave me utterly cold. I guess I’m generally nonplussed by a complex web of crime. For instance, I cannot get into The Wire and refuse to be sorry, or to “hang on until season two.”


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:42 pm 

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Harmonov wrote:
ianungstad wrote:
They can't be that picky if they are planning a special edition of Tiny Furniture.

Another woman director in the Collection, which is great. I still haven't seen it, but look forward to giving it an unbiased shot.

Who knows - perhaps he was just blowing smoke up my ass with everything he told me.

If Criterion is focussing on female directors I hope that the major works of Julie Taymor and Miranda July will be inducted into the collection before too long - their works certainly should be higher priorities than the output of minor filmmakers like Kira Muratova and Lucrecia Martel.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:49 pm 
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I think I'm most distressed by her repeated use of "world premiere" as a verb.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:51 pm 
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Maybe Becker is part of some underground miniature fetishist club and this is his way of coming out.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:53 pm 
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Tom Hagen wrote:

Honestly, looking at her reviews, it seems like she's most interested in basically the kind of movies she makes- small, low budget movies with low key emotions and a sort of Dogme aesthetic. I don't know that her disinterest in other stuff, however kneejerk (and weirdly gendered) that disinterest is, is all that damning to her as a filmmaker.

Then again, I haven't actually seen Tiny Furniture.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:55 pm 
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Here's a question: has anyone here actually seen Tiny Furniture?


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:57 pm 
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Sadly it played in my town about a month ago. I never thought I'd say this, but I'd rather have sat through a Miranda July film.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:59 pm 
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Maybe Becker, Wes Anderson and Lena Dunham are really, um, close.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:00 pm 
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Based on the trailer I can't say I have any interest in it. I don't mind mumblecore, I enjoyed Beeswax a great deal and at least one of the actors from that are in this, but the dialogue is just too grating.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:01 pm 
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oldsheperd wrote:
Wow! From what I've read Tiny Furniture seems like a mish-mash of mid-twenties post-college isolation and aimlessness. That's original.

I've seen it, and that is unfair reductionism, oldsheperd. Tiny Furniture is actually a mish-mash of mid-twenties post-college isolation and aimlessness as seen through the prism of a self-important, pretentious naif with a massive sense of entitlement.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:05 pm 
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My favorite review of the film tried to excuse the precociousness and generic character traits by saying it's the community they live in.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:08 pm 
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Tom Hagen wrote:
Here's a question: has anyone here actually seen Tiny Furniture?

Funnily enough, I saw it on a date (lady's choice) and had about as adverse a reaction to it as the filmmaker had to Bigger Than Life. The difference of course being the filmmaker's objections are borne out of ignorance for the Hollywood style, whereas mine were more along the lines of "Just because you can make a film doesn't mean you should"-- I wanted to excuse myself to the bathroom and never come back

I have yet to see every movie in the collection, but if it is in fact forthcoming, it will be the new worst film in the CC


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:14 pm 
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I have yet to see every movie in the collection, but if it is in fact forthcoming, it will be the new worst film in the CC

Ahah! Becker is actually an Allison Anders superfan and wants to take the heat off of her!


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:16 pm 
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"Worse than Border Radio" is the ultimate pullquote


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:20 pm 
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Dom you must be having a fit that this gets in, but not The Baxter.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:24 pm 
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I don't think Showalter would contribute to any extras for the Baxter anyways: "Oh right, this is when we were dating, before she left me for a dead guy... God look at her... I hate my life."

But back on point, that Criterion would pass on all it has and release this nascent nonsense is just pathetic, really


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:36 pm 

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Apparently Dunham has confirmed the news on her twitter. (with a tentative release date of early '12)

Meh.


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:39 pm 
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*CG* wrote:
Maybe Becker, Wes Anderson and Lena Dunham are really, um, close.

Lena Dunham's Twitter wrote:
Aware most @criterion enthusiasts think I give handjobs for a sport. Please just know I worship the company & am not flippant about this! xo

Uh, oh, I think she's reading this thread.

(Incidentally, I don't mean to endorse the suggestion that any woman who accomplishes something I don't like or don't understand did so through sexual favors.)


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 Post subject: Re: Criterion and IFC
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:47 pm 
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Sorry, bad joke.

Her wording could've been considered more carefully. Merely pointing that out.


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