Grace and Martin talk ’80s, growing up and TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

February 27, 2011

Capturing the culture of the 1980s was integral to the production, from the music to the costume design, but aside from the simple elements, Grace also wanted to go beyond what previous retrospective films have done. “We really wanted to make it more the conventions of ’80s films, you know, like stealing a car, chasing a girl,” he said. “But then we wanted to subvert those conventions halfway through the film … we wanted it to be really of the ’80s, but then be its own creature too.”

How to handle the critics

February 11, 2011

The function of critics in our viewing choices isn’t unexpected or surprising. Hollywood is a machine, and much like movie marketing, critics direct viewers. To push against that is, to some extent, to lose touch with society’s view of the medium.

Feeling ambivalent about studio digital distribution

February 7, 2011

It’s likely that you have, in some form, experienced early — albeit already wide-scale — forays into digital distribution. It’s inevitable that these will become, probably very soon, more than a service for the tech-savvy, and expand to become main distributors of high-quality home video.