By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Kumail Nanjiani On The Funny

“Great rom-coms are about something. Sleepless in Seattle is really about grieving and moving on. And When Harry Met Sally is just a great account of two people and their relationship growing over a decade. It’s become a denigrated genre. In the 2000s, they were really churning them out so hard that the quality dropped. It’s like what happened with fantasy films. Studio execs were like, “Lord of the Rings! People want to see sword-and-dragon-type things!” No, people just want to see great stories. Hollywood always takes the wrong lesson from successes.”
Kumail Nanjiani On The Funny

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“It’s a film festival’s job—and increasingly so—to create moments of recognition, of enjoyment, of shock, of learning. Not of consumerism. Not of implementing cultural policy. But moments without pretence, unclouded by vested interests, by intervention, by cynicism, by everyday business. Committed to nothing but the thing itself. Under obligation to nothing, to no one, not even to the filmmakers themselves. To basically seek access to a form that does not yet exist, a place no one has been to, a time that has not yet come. ’A form that thinks, and a thought that forms,’ as Jean-Luc Godard has it.”
~ Hans Hurch, late director of the Viennale

“There’s a mass belief that if you’re texting, you’re somehow not interrupting the conversation—you’re not being rude. It’s an illusion of multitasking. I started filmmaking when people didn’t expect to have a phone on set, when it would’ve been seen as unprofessional to pull out a phone. Phones have become a huge distraction, and people work much better without them. At first it causes difficulty, but it really allows them to concentrate on what they’re doing. Everybody understands. I’ve had a lot of crews thank me. With a set, we’re trying to create a bubble of alternate reality.”
~ Christopher Nolan