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“Some ad guru told me once the two magic words in a company name are ‘New’ and ‘Free.’ ‘’Free’ has got nothing to do with how I want to do my films, so I went with ‘New.'”
Visiting Productive Roger Corman At 90

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“I was falsely accused… I went to court…I was vindicated.  I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here…her family had to deal with that, but as I sit here, an apology is – no. Nat Turner, as a hero, what he did in history, is bigger than me. It’s bigger than all of us.”
Nate Parker On “60 Minutes”
And – Sharon Loeffler Talks About Her Sister

“I feel like I’m surfing, and we’re just in this really flowy state of play. It is called filmmaking because we have a camera there, but it feels a lot more like street theatre, improv, theater games… It’s just so much fun for me. It’s my favorite thing.”
When Chandler Levack Met Jill Soloway

“Nowadays, people are talking about it more. Things either call for things, or they don’t. I remember back when I was a child watching ‘The Brady Bunch’ and they started to get all politically correct, like, OK, let’s have an Asian child and a black — I used to get more offended by that than just — I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies.”
Tim Burton On Casting Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

 

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“This capital increase will enhance EuropaCorp’s ability to produce and distribute English-language films and TV series around the world. We are delighted to further strengthen our close links with Fundamental Films and the booming Chinese market.”
EuropaCorp Sells 28% Stake To China’s Fundamental Films

“The notion that we’re getting an intimate look at something usually kept behind closed doors is connected to one of Schrader’s greatest strengths, which is his comprehensive sense of research.”
As Paul Schrader Gets Retro’ed In L.A., Jim Hemphill Weighs In On American Gigolo

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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