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DP/30: Higher Ground, director/actor Vera Farmiga, actor Joshua Leonard

2 Responses to “DP/30: Higher Ground, director/actor Vera Farmiga, actor Joshua Leonard”

  1. Gus says:

    Drove 45 minutes to see this movie a few days ago and found it remarkable. Extremely insightful, adult, complex, and ambiguous take on what it is like to live a life of faith. Even rarer to see a film like this done without a mocking tone.

    People say independent film is dead, but there are films every year that remind me that there are always going to be filmmakers making pictures that are not afraid to appeal to people willing to think about what they’re seeing.

    This is a movie worth wrestling with, even though it’s not overly self-serious or belabored. Performances are terrific and a number of the bit players really nail their scenes – I’m especially thinking of the ‘McMuffin’ scene. Great work.

  2. Rob says:

    She’s an incredible talent, can’t wait to see this when it opens here Friday.

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“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”

“Richard Schickel was a very perceptive critic and a wonderful writer and documentary filmmaker. As a person he was, to use a once popular term, ‘crusty,’ and he could be brutally funny. But it’s his deep and abiding love of movies that I’ll always remember about him. His early 70s PBS series ‘The Men Who Made the Movies,’ his 2004 restoration of Sam Fuller’s The Big Red One, his wonderful little book about ‘Double Indemnity,’ his biographies of Chaplin and Cary Grant… this is a man who gave his life to the thing he loved.”
~ Martin Scorsese