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“From the outset, the museum failed to address our concerns about the misleading framing of our piece as a political rally, rather than as a participatory performance artwork resisting the normalization of division.”
LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner  Relocate Livestream To Albuquerque

“A poem of light and colour, of faces and the play of physique, of passions revealed by glance or gesture. Where its dialogue is all shy withholding or plain statements camouflaging mystery or the unsaid, its visuals — and the music with its matching abstract expressiveness (soul and rap to classical) — define the drama and its meaning… Words are awkwardly muttered, but words barely matter. That’s true in life sometimes and cinema always. The eyes have it. The words dance attendance, annotations to a higher harmony.”
Nigel Andrews Defines Cinema (And Moonlight)

NY Times

“I had a Caucasian girlfriend a while ago. I remember specifically asking if the parents knew I was black. She said no. That scared me. It turned out to be totally fine, but I didn’t want to even see an adjustment on someone’s face when they realized it’s not what they thought.”
Jordan Peele On The Inspirations For Get Out

“The subject of A Cure for Wellness is the toxic effect of having too much money, and it’s a fitting sign of the movie’s obliviousness that it looks fulsomely expensive from beginning to end. It drips with gaudy display from the very first sequence.”
Richard Brody Has No Special Eeling For Gore Verbinski

“Roger had all these fanatic film buffs working for him. We were like a religious order, but instead of praying every day, morning, noon, and night, we watched movies.”
Allan Arkush Looks Back, And Not Only To Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

“We know the shop has more value than just financial, and we have tried to square that circle. But there comes a point when the gap is just too big.”
London’s Samuel French Bookshop Won’t Make It Past 187 Years

“This year we have lobster corn dogs. We make our own lobster mousse and then make little sausages and then put them in batter and fry them. We serve them with a little jalapeño sauce, so it’s really tasty. It’s a good snack. A twist on a classic English dish.”
Wolfgang Puck Will Also Serve Oscar Celebrants Oscar-Shaped Salmon, Gold-Dusted Popcorn

“‘I want to make this movie so some kid in a small town in Missouri will know that he’s not alone. And it’s going to be okay.’”
From 35 Years On, The Making Of Making Love

“If there’s anything I learned about the media from being a public figure is how they blatantly misrepresent people for their own personal gain, and even viciously attack people just to further themselves.”
“PewDiePie” Decries “Attack By The Media” After Posting Anti-Semitic Content

“It’s not that the streaming services are going to put the incumbents out of business, but they are a significant threat to their ability to grow.”
Matthew Garrahan Goes Long On Amazon Studios’ Path To Oscar

“In America, if there is one thing that sells more units than a dream of rugged individualism, it is the fantasy of feeling as comfortable in harsh conditions as a famous person seems to be.”
How Hw’d (And Venture Capital) Burnished Brand Of $1,000 Canada Goose Parkas

“Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.”
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Issues Vague 5,700-Word Political Manifesto

NY Times

“(Her performance, wrote the TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, “deserves favorable comparison with some of the great semi-opaque performances in movie and TV history. It is on par with Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour and Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver — yes, really.”) “
Taffy Brodesser-Akner Writes That It’s The Season Of Riley Keough

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”