Post Archive

September 2010

Americans can’t afford the fantasy that they have the world’s best educational system when their math and reading scores are near the bottom of advanced countries. What Director Davis Guggenheim found in his two years of researching Waiting for “Superman” (with co-producer Lesley Chilcott) was that a lot of schools aren’t right for any kids. When the schools they hope to enter select their new enrollees not by testing but by lottery, the future of these students hinges on a Bingo! or abyss. Read the full story here >> via Time

Mica has rejected the suggestion to showcase R21 films in HDB estates, whereas PG13 films are given the green light to be screened in the heartlands. The PG13 rating will be introduced due to public feedback that some films currently rated PG are unsuitable for younger children, while younger teens missed out on films that would have been rated PG13, but are currently NC16. Read the full story here >> via The Straits Times

Asia-Pacific films were entirely absent from the prize list in Venice this past weekend. The festival wrapped by giving its top prize to Sophia Coppola’s Somewhere and best director and best script prizes to Spain’s Alex de la Iglesia for Ballad of the Sad Trumpet. Read the full article here >> via Film Business Asia Copyright © Film Business Asia

If you have an hour to spare, then feast your eyes on Geoff McGhee‘s video documentary “Journalism in the Age of Data,” which explores the exciting potential and occasional pitfalls of modern data visualization. Watch the video here >> via GOOD

Greg Carter spent the last three years scraping together $250,000 to write, direct and produce “A Gangland Love Story,” a gritty, urban retelling of “Romeo and Juliet.” Unfortunately, the viewers of Carter’s film watched it from pirate movie sites and never paid for it, causing him an estimated loss of $100,000. “The big studios can absorb it, but guys like me, we’re not millionaires. We’re fighting like crazy for every dollar, every nickel, every penny just to survive in this marketplace,” said Carter, 38. Read the full story here >> via Hartford Courant

Graphic scenes in the ultra-violent South Korean thriller “I Saw the Devil” had some viewers heading for the exits at the San Sebastian Film Festival Saturday. Director Kim Jee-Woon’s latest film, built around a secret agent’s pursuit of the serial killer who murdered his wife, contains a string of scenes so shocking that there was a special warning in the festival programme. The film, which clocks in at nearly two and a half hours, was also targeted by the censors in the director’s home country. But Kim insisted that the violence was a means and not an end itself. Read …