By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

“Phoenix clearly hadn’t rehearsed smart responses beforehand, but was switched on enough to realise that his response was going to matter – and not finding a good one, he fled. Now that a few weeks have passed and my chronically clenched buttocks have almost returned to their former pliancy, I have to admire the blunt, pact-smashing honesty of it. Not that I can see it happening again during the Joker’s awards-season campaign: the Phoenix who presented the film at Venice and Toronto was charming, tactful and generally on his best behaviour. If he can keep it up until February, he’ll deserve an Oscar for that alone.”

“Phoenix clearly hadn’t rehearsed smart responses beforehand, but was switched on enough to realise that his response was going to matter – and not finding a good one, he fled. Now that a few weeks have passed and my chronically clenched buttocks have almost returned to their former pliancy, I have to admire the blunt, pact-smashing honesty of it. Not that I can see it happening again during Joker’s awards-season campaign: the Phoenix who presented the film at Venice and Toronto was charming, tactful and generally on his best behaviour. If he can keep it up until February, he’ll deserve an Oscar for that alone.”

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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh