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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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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima