“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Kristen Page-Kirby
1. ‘Whiplash’: Essentially a 107-minute anxiety attack. That’s a compliment.
2. ‘Boyhood’: Richard Linklater’s masterpiece, a grand experiment that worked.
3. ‘Selma’: Joins the pantheon of films necessary to understanding the American experience.
4. ‘Snowpiercer’: This creative, surprising post-apocalyptic train ride is insane in the best way.
5. ‘Ida’: A stunningly shot, beautifully acted Polish film about a nun who discovers she’s of Jewish heritage.
6. ‘Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’: Captures the whirling life of a possibly insane actor.
7. ‘Interstellar’: Christopher Nolan took big chances and when they paid off, they packed a punch.
8. ‘Obvious Child’: Looks at an ordinary woman’s ordinary experience without shame or condescension.
9. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’: All about beauty — why it’s important and what happens when it fades.
10. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: A (good) political film disguised as a (great) superhero story