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"To see if there were vibes between Marlon and myself,  Elia Kazan put us in a room, and he whispered to me “Eva Marie, you’re home alone and your sister’s boyfriend is coming. Do not let him in the house!” So here comes adorable Marlon knocking on my door, and I did everything possible to discourage him. And somehow he got in the room, and we started talking and he put the radio on, and we started dancing. The sparks just flew. He was adorable but a little frightening…you felt he could see right through you. He gave every line reading differently, so that it was always new.”
"You could just see it in his eyes. I’ve worked with many fine actors but he was the finest.”

"To see if there were vibes between Marlon and myself,  Elia Kazan put us in a room, and he whispered to me “Eva Marie, you’re home alone and your sister’s boyfriend is coming. Do not let him in the house!” So here comes adorable Marlon knocking on my door, and I did everything possible to discourage him. And somehow he got in the room, and we started talking and he put the radio on, and we started dancing. The sparks just flew. He was adorable but a little frightening…you felt he could see right through you. He gave every line reading differently, so that it was always new.”

"You could just see it in his eyes. I’ve worked with many fine actors but he was the finest.”

Yoyo

Just saw this for the first time. Excellent picture from start to finish. Pierre Étaix’s film is filled with references to other films and filmmakers, yet “Yoyo” has it’s own unique style and heart. It’s like Chaplin or Tati, but with a bit of a surreal twist. This magical film can be found on Hulu via the Criterion Collection. I suggest you give it a shot.

- Joshua McQuilkin

Jeune Fille in NewFilmmakers NY


We are very excited to announce that Jeune Fille will be showing in New York City for NewFilmmakers New York Fall Series 2014! The film will be screened on October 4th, 8:45 pm, Courthouse Theater at Anthology Archives. If you’re in NY, please come see the our film!

- Joshua McQuilkin

Jeune Fille in NewFilmmakers NY

We are very excited to announce that Jeune Fille will be showing in New York City for NewFilmmakers New York Fall Series 2014! The film will be screened on October 4th, 8:45 pm, Courthouse Theater at Anthology Archives. If you’re in NY, please come see the our film!
- Joshua McQuilkin

Killing of a Chinese Restaurant

This post will be decidedly more personal than most of what I put on this blog. Nevertheless, I want to talk about this.

Today, I went into my favorite Chinese restaurant only to discover the place is under new ownership. It looked the same, but everything had changed. The people - the food - the atmosphere - it was all wrong.  It wasn’t bad per se, but it certainly wasn’t the place that I loved.

I didn’t realize it until today, but this place had special memories for me. The first time I went was a few years ago for an anniversary party with a few of my friends. The food was excellent but more importunately, by being invited to that dinner, I felt I was finally in the group. This inner circle of friends had excepted me has one of their own, and that meant the world to me.

During production of “Jeune Fille" and "Over the Bridge”, my friends and I would often eat there after our production meetings. I remember one time we stacked our phones at the end of the table to do away with the distraction of texts and Facebook. We would just talk, and goof-off, and laugh, and it was fun, and simple, and good. There was rarely anyone else there at that time of night, so it felt as if we owned the place.

Since then things have changed a lot. Some of those friends have moved away, others have grown apart. It’s nothing tragic. In fact changed is (more often than not) a good thing. Still, I feel a quiet melancholy in the air. The shadows of things we’ve lost. But we can never go back. We can only move forward.

- Joshua McQuilkin

Frank
Easily one of the best films I’ve seen all year, “Frank” is a strange and profound film by Lenny Abrahamson. Staring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The film is extremely original and fresh, yet it’s so based in truth that everything you see is completely believable. Props to Jon Ronson and peter Straughan for telling such unique and fascinating story.
"Frank" is in limited release right now, but you can also check it out on Vudu. I highly recommend it.
- Joshua McQuilkin

Frank

Easily one of the best films I’ve seen all year, “Frank” is a strange and profound film by Lenny Abrahamson. Staring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The film is extremely original and fresh, yet it’s so based in truth that everything you see is completely believable. Props to Jon Ronson and peter Straughan for telling such unique and fascinating story.

"Frank" is in limited release right now, but you can also check it out on Vudu. I highly recommend it.

- Joshua McQuilkin

Gene Kelly

I love the old MGM musicals of the 40s and 50s, and grew up watching Gene Kelly dance, sing, and act along side the likes of Frank Sinatra, Donald O’Connor, Vera-Ellen, Leslie Caron, and so many others.

His dance numbers rank as some of the most fantastic ever caught on film. Gene’s fluid style and dedication to his craft is unmatched, and it’s why he’ll always be my favorite dancer.