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In fact, it's not, strictly speaking, necessary to make this film at all. Inspiration enough has already been gleaned from the real-life events of the past week in Thailand . Only the thickest-skinned person would fail to have been impressed by the courage of the divers, or to have broken out in a cold sweat at the thought of the dark and the rising tide, the terror of the boys, the guilt of the coach, the worry of their parents. Imagination is a much more effective fear machine than mid-budget fictionalisation...
... ["United 93" ] worked because Greengrass's intention was as much journalistic as cinematic – the script was assembled from black box recordings, interviews and mobile phone calls from the sky, veracity dictating every frame... In the 17 years since 2001, much has changed. When disaster strikes, phone footage generally gives us immediate, first-person insight – the Thai cave drama has been unusual for its absence. And such schooling now means our tolerance for the inauthentic is lower. We call out bullshit faster.
Catherine Shoard, The Great Thai Cave Escape? Please, Hollywood, don't do this to us, 11 July 2018

The best directors for us, for our [horror] movies, are [TV] showrunners. Better than the man or woman who had the hottest movie at Sundance or the greatest resume or anything else, the best prototype to direct a Blumhouse movie is a showrunner... Showrunners are used to our pace in the movie business. We have a somewhat TV-pace in [our] movies, but also the movies are much more successful if the director writes, because you can do stuff on the fly, and the showrunner has a kind-of producer mentality.
Jason Blum, Jason Blum Has a Secret for Making Great Horror Films: Hire from TV, 6 July 2018

I've tried to avoid doing this ever since the picture came out. When you just say the ideas they sound foolish, whereas if they're dramatized one feels it, but I'll try. The idea [ of the ending of "2001: A Space Odyssey" ] was supposed to be that he is taken in by god-like entities, creatures of pure energy and intelligence with no shape or form. They put him in what I suppose you could describe as a human zoo to study him, and his whole life passes from that point on in that room. And he has no sense of time. It just seems to happen as it does in the film.
... When they get finished with him, as happens in so many myths of all cultures in the world, he is transformed into some kind of super being and sent back to Earth, transformed and made into some sort of superman. We have to only guess what happens when he goes back. It is the pattern of a great deal of mythology, and that is what we were trying to suggest.
Stanley Kubrick, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey' Lost Interview Goes Viral: Did Stanley Kubrick Finally Explain the Film's Ending?, 6 July 2018

There's always got to be reality in my films. Maybe it's the only way I can stop myself from going completely mad. It's the tension between reality and fantasy that is interesting, and that's why I don't like all the big Marvel movies. There are too many of them, they are dominating the industry, and everybody just wants to see the next one and go, ‘Well, there's the Hulk again.' It's horrible, but more importantly, there is no real physical reality to the films. There is no gravity, and gravity is everything. Things fall, and no matter how high you want to jump, you are always brought back down. On a technical level, these films are brilliant, and I find myself watching them from a distance because there is no real tension. There is no real threat. You just know they'll win somehow, or they'll win if the whole civilization doesn't collapse around them first. It's kind of like us in real life. The heroes in my films don't win, they survive.
Terry Gilliam, KVIFF 2018: Terry Gilliam Dreams the Impossible Dream, 6 July 2018

I hope you watch [‘A Very English Scandal' ] with an understanding of why men were in the closet, how hard it was to be in the closet, to stay in the closet, what that meant for your family, to your wife, to your children. I think I could eulogize him. For all the wrong things he did, nonetheless as an icon of what those past days were and how they've improved, I think he's very important. I hope people now remember both Jeremy Thorpe and Norman Scott a bit more and recognize that in the constant struggle...
... I think the way to make these things and to sell them across the world is not to globalize them, is not to add an American or a Chinese character just to increase the fanbase. It's to concentrate on what it is and be honest to that. ‘Sherlock' is huge in China, and ‘Sherlock' is so British. ‘A Very English Scandal,' the reviews we've had in America have been absolutely brilliant for a very buttoned up and immensely British cast. So I think you just stick to what you're doing, really. Just make it good. That's what travels internationally.
Russell T. Davies, How to Make Very British TV Like ‘A Very English Scandal' a Global Sensation, According to Russell T. Davies, 1 July 2018

While the first “Sicario” may have not been the most sympathetic portrait of Mexicans, its ungainly titled sequel [“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” ] feels like a piece of state-sanctioned propaganda, a MAGA-sploitation thriller that does not see humanity in our neighbors... Some of my fellow critics reported people cheering the murder of Mexicans in the film, and it makes me wonder if we'll actually get to a point where even Fox News is outraged about the violent killing of Mexican law enforcement. Maybe not.
Monica Castillo, ‘Sicario: Day of Soldado' Doubles Down on Mexican Stereotypes and Violent MAGA Fantasies — Opinion, 29 June 2018

I've had people talk to me about Sicario as if it's a documentary. Someone just said to me: ‘Your movie has to do with the exact same thing that's going on right now [on the border]. You take a child and you separate her from her father.' I go: ‘What?' He says: ‘You separate the girl from the family.' I say: ‘No, no, I kidnap the girl. It's very different.'
Benicio Del Toro, 'Melania knew what she was putting on': Benicio Del Toro on drugs, Sicario and Trump's border war, 29 June 2018

I'm not completely comfortable with dramatizing people who are still alive and still living their lives because I think it's possible to be unfair. And in the second [season of "The Crown" ], I didn't think it was fair to Prince Philip, to the Duke of Edinburgh, based on very little... Some of it was extrapolation from a rumor or someone's rather prejudiced account. And then it was presented as fact, and I'm not sure that's just.
Julian Fellowes, ‘Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes Explains His One Big Problem With Netflix's ‘The Crown', 29 June 2018

I need to know for myself what things mean and what's going on. Sometimes I get ideas, and I don't know exactly what they mean. So I think about it, and try to figure it out, so I have an answer for myself... I don't ever explain it [ to audiences ]. Because it's not a word thing. It would reduce it, make it smaller... When you finish anything, people want you to then talk about it. And I think it's almost like a crime. A film or a painting – each thing is its own sort of language and it's not right to try to say the same thing in words. The words are not there. The language of film, cinema, is the language it was put into, and the English language – it's not going to translate. It's going to lose... [ A film or TV show is like a magic act ] and magicians don't tell how they did a thing.
David Lynch, David Lynch: ‘You gotta be selfish. It's a terrible thing', 23 June 2018

As a result of the #TimesUp campaign, HBO for the first time has made women and men in lead role positions [equally paid]. I'm one of the actresses that benefited... When I first discovered how much they were offering it made me realise, ‘Oh my God, men have been paid so much more.' I had to have a big swallow of resentment. I gave it half an hour and then felt grateful. Every year I go into a new production or a new season of Westworld and I don't think to ask for more, I just feel so grateful to be working. But we need to expect more for ourselves.
Thandie Newton, Thandie Newton had 'swallow of resentment' over male co-stars' pay, 19 June 2018

The self-immolating Jack-Jack symbolizes a Millennial baby.
Armond White, Incredibles 2 : Pixar's Creeping Marvelism, 15 June 2018

Am I saying I hate white dudes? No, I'm not … [but if] you make the movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie... [Audiences] are not allowed enough chances to read public discourse on these films by the people that the films were made for. I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn't work for him about ‘[A] Wrinkle in Time.' It wasn't made for him. I want to know what it meant to women of color, to biracial women, to  teen  women of color, to  teens  that are biracial.
Brie Larson, Brie Larson Promises ‘I Do Not Hate White Dudes,' But Laments Lack of Inclusion Among Film Critics, 13 June 2018

[The next three ‘Star Wars' films] were going to get into a microbiotic world. There's this world of creatures that operate differently than we do. I call them the Whills. And the Whills are the ones who actually control the universe. They feed off the Force.
... Back in the day, I used to say ultimately what this means is we were just cars, vehicles, for the Whills to travel around in... We're vessels for them. And the conduit is the midi-chlorians. The midi-chlorians are the ones that communicate with the Whills. The Whills, in a general sense, they are the Force.
George Lucas, ‘Star Wars': George Lucas Would Have Set Third Trilogy in ‘Microbiotic World' Linked to Midi-Chlorians, 13 June 2018

I needed a green card to work with Abel Ferrara [on his film The Blackout ] . I'd been convicted recently of possessing heroin and cocaine, and so this consul says: ‘You're not the kind of person we want in America.' He spoke to me disrespectfully. I said to him: ‘You don't speak to your wife like that, so don't speak to me like that.' And I slapped him. I was banned for seven years.
Béatrice Dalle, Betty Blue's Béatrice Dalle: ‘I love Christ because he invented bondage', 6 June 2018

I write what I write because I'm a Christian. It informs everything I do. My father always taught me it's OK to laugh at the things you love. Part of "Preacher" is about interrogating faith. You can't do that stuff lightly. For a time the other writers would look at me across the table to see if I was gonna be offended but I never am. I'm happy to write about faith and God and get angry and deep. Let's pull it all apart and see what's lasting.
Mary Laws, Preacher writer Mary Laws: 'I'm happy to get angry and deep about faith and God', 5 June 2018

Steven Soderbergh, a visual director? Are you kidding? Give me an example of a great, visually memorable scene [from] Soderbergh or a silent sequence based on the staging…I saw an episode of ‘The Knick' and there is nothing that [impressed me visually].
Brian De Palma, Brian De Palma Disses Steven Soderbergh's Directing Style: ‘A Visual Director? Are You Kidding?', 5 June 2018

Right around the time ‘Fruitvale Station' went down, I told my agents I didn't want to go out for any roles written for African Americans. I didn't want it. I wanted only white men. That's it. That's all I want to do. Me playing that role is going to make it what it is. I don't want any pre-bias on the character…Writers write what they know, what they think encounters with us would be, and that's slight bias... I wanted to go out for these roles because it was just playing people.
Michael B. Jordan, Michael B. Jordan Told His Agents During ‘Fruitvale Station' He'd Only Audition for Roles Written for White Men, 5 June 2018

My father was very difficult. We were not close. It's hard. I don't really talk about my father publicly, because there are a lot of people that really love him very, very much – his work as an actor. I don't want to disabuse them [of] their admiration.
... [My sister] was a drug addict. I saw a lot of that behaviour growing up and decided at a very young age I didn't want that. But a part of me obviously wanted to understand and know what it was like, but from a very safe distance. A lot of my pull towards acting was trying to understand my sister – and my father, for that matter.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, ‘I have countless stories': Jennifer Jason Leigh on lucky breaks, lotharios and late motherhood, 4 June 2018

I remember when someone asked Ian McKellen what he thought about the Brexit vote he said, “Queer people are internationalists.” We aren't about borders. We go to other countries and we feel a kinship with other queer people. It does force a universalist, international view of things, and the aliens in ["How to Talk to Girls at Parties" ] are really the opposite of queer. They're so insular that they're not even going to trouble the universe for resources. They're going to eat their own children until they decline. It's their natural form of attrition.
John Cameron Mitchell, John Cameron Mitchell on his new movie and the privilege of being queer, 3 June 2018

Film is a visual medium, and, if the task of literature is to stud the brain with quotations, cinema's job is to cram it with images which transcend story line and feed the need for myth. There are very few films which have done this. We are told by the French post-structuralists that the writer doesn't write: the writer is written, is controlled by the language he uses. And so Fritz Lang [in "Metropolis" ] was controlled by the limitations of black and white, by mocked-up urban landscapes which never pretended to be real, and probably by the strange ambiguous beauty of Brigitte Helm. The film was never meant to be propaganda. Lang admits that he was primarily fascinated by machines, above all perhaps by the huge machine which is the film-making complex.
Anthony Burgess, Anthony Burgess: ‘Metropolis changed my childhood', 3 June 2018

Amid the horror of war, [ in Saving Private Ryan (1998) ] Spielberg seems to be trying to rediscover American innocence, that Holy Grail that existed only in the Rousseau-esque imagination yet was virtually incorporated into the constitution. Spielberg, like other Hollywood directors of the time, came from a generation scarred by the moral quagmire of Vietnam. He understood the national need, in the post-cold war chaos, to reach back to more certain times, seeking reassurance from that moment in history – the second world war – when the fight seemed unequivocally right. “Tell me I've led a good life,” says the weeping veteran in the cemetery to his wife. “Tell me I'm a good man.”
... “You are,” she replies, and the music begins to swell, with drum beats and trumpets. This representative of American motherhood appears to be reassuring the US as a whole. She seems to be speaking to a nation unable at that time to come to terms with its role in a disordered world, to a nation that, for all its power, can be bewilderingly naive abroad because it so badly needs to feel good about itself at home.
... Andrew Marr rightly called The Patriot (2000), set in the American war of independence, “a stinker”. As he pointed out: “Black Americans, in fact destined to stay slaves thanks to the war, very many of whom enlisted with the British, are shown fighting shoulder to shoulder with their white rebel ‘brothers'. The British are portrayed as effete sadists and serial war criminals, just as in other American films. The huge support of the Bourbon French, who helped win the war, is airbrushed out. And the fact that most colonists actually sided with King George is airily forgotten.”
Antony Beevor, Antony Beevor: the greatest war movie ever – and the ones I can't bear, 29 May 2018

When John Dexter, the director of M Butterfly, started shouting at everyone in the cast, Hopkins told him to stop. “I said, ‘John, you don't need to do this. You're a great director. Stop it.' And he cried. I mean, I understand if people are bullies. They've got their problems. I can't judge them, I won't make fun of them at awards. It's correct for women to stand up for themselves, because it's unacceptable. But I don't have a desire to dance on anyone's grave.”
... He understands that we can all be terrible, and we can all be kind. Fame and power have nothing to do with it. I tell Hopkins something the singer Tony Bennett once said – “Life teaches you how to live it if you live long enough” – and he is delighted. “How extraordinary. What an amazing thing to say! You know, I meet young people, and they want to act and they want to be famous, and I tell them, when you get to the top of the tree, there's nothing up there. Most of this is nonsense, most of this is a lie. Accept life as it is. Just be grateful to be alive.”
Miranda Sawyer, Anthony Hopkins: ‘Most of this is nonsense, most of this is a lie', 26 May 2018

 

In the new introduction [of the book, “Transcental Style in Film” ], [Paul] Schrader diagrams the larger movement by showing how well-known filmmakers move in three different directions as they push away from narrative. There are the “Surveillance Cam” filmmakers (Abbas Kiarostami), who emphasize capturing day-to-day reality. There is “Art Gallery,” cinema which is a move toward pure imagery: light and color, which can manifest itself in films that are abstract, or dream-like (Lynch). And the third direction is what Schrader refers to as Mandala, or “meditation” cinema, films that work on the viewer almost like a trance (Ozu).
... "I laid out this cosmogony of where all these directors were after breaking free from the nucleus of narrative and they're electrons shooting off in these three directions,” said Schrader. “I also drew what I called the [Andrei] ‘Tarkovsky Ring.' What happens when an artist goes through the ‘Tarkovsky Ring,' that's the point where he is no longer making cinema for a paying audience. He's making it for institutions, for museums, and so forth.
Chris O'Falt, From Lynch to Kiarostami to Ozu: See Where Your Favorite Directors Fall on Paul Schrader's Chart of Non-Narrative Cinema, 24 May 2016

I just wanted to make, you know, a good song. Something people could play on Fourth of July.
Donald Glover, Donald Glover's Answer to Why He Made ‘This Is America' Is Perfect: ‘A Song for People to Play on Fourth of July', 9 May 2018

The broken love story in ‘A Star Is Born' kept haunting me. Shots kept coming into my head. I would dream about it. I realized I had to do it, whether it fails or not. I knew I had to try and I wound up absolutely loving it. You can't hide when you sing. The best way to express love is through singing and music. I knew if I could marry that in a way, it would be special.
... Gaga is a revelation. I relied on her. She said right from the beginning that this is going to be a barter: ‘I'm gonna rely on you to get a performance out of me, and I'm gonna make sure you're going to be a real musician.'
Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro Praises Bradley Cooper's ‘A Star Is Born,' but the First-Time Director Owes His Success to Lady Gaga, 21 April 2018

 
 

 

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