“I love that the Weinstein Company first released Ryan Coogler’s punctual elegy, Fruitvale Station, in July and then rolled the dice on releasing Lee Daniels’ The Butler in August and that the gamble paid off. Daniels’ movie is a strange, perversely entertaining crypto-epic. There’s no one making movies like him—the sweatiness, the sloppiness, the mix of piety, instability, idiosyncrasy. You never know whether to fan the screen or yourself. The Butler is both serious and seriously anti-serious in a manner you’d never get from a white director making a movie about, say, the civil rights movement. Daniels doesn’t treat history as the be-all and end-all. For him, it’s part department store and part Halloween party. It’s bizarrely alive.”
~ Wesley Morris
I often use sex or eating as my metaphor for making a movie. What’s your favorite food?
Off the top of my head, let’s say shrimp.
So this is how you have to be as a storyteller, with one story and then every story. Here’s your shrimp. How do you like it? You’re excited about this shrimp, aren’t you? Eat that shrimp. Great. Now, eat the shrimp again but eat it like it was the first time, okay? Now eat it again. No, eat that fucking shrimp. I want you to love that shrimp. I’m not feeling like you’re loving it. You have to write it like that, you have to direct it like that, edit it, talk to you about it. That makes you have to love it, otherwise you’re not going to be able to do that. It makes you deep. Eat the shrimp. You have to stay hungry.
~ David O. Russell On Filmmaking