By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“For six years, every day, I have been doing 250 tweets. It’s like the Japanese haiku. You can make a poem with just a few characters. You can make it philosophical, psychological. It’s a spiritual form. My father believed that when you die you rot and are finished. I do not have a metaphysical upbringing, but I cannot say God does not exist. Life is not ‘by chance’. Like a monkey we cannot understand it. But step by step, through our lives, we see so many synchronicities and synergies, so many miracles. There is a union in everything. Church, though, the organised church. That is a political and economic sector. Very bad! My church is polyvalent. It contains all the arts! Not just arts. You have philosophy, science, psychology, as well as music, sculpture, architecture, dance. You have everything. My goal is not money, and not taking money. Not when it goes against what I want to do. I must refuse to change a word or an image. Even if I have to be a sacred beggar. It is art, and art is life. We need to take a risk to lose everything!”
~ Alejandro Jodorowsky

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What’s up with your people mover shot, where it seems like people are kind of floating along?
Oh, my signature shot? That’s just a new way for people to move! It’s really become my Alfred Hitchcock cameo. I did not invent that shot, but Ernest and I did it on the set of Mo Better Blues, when Shorty had to walk [through the park], and I thought, “Let’s try it.” But after that, we tried to have a reason for it. For example, that wonderful sequence in Malcolm X where you hear the great song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The final scene is like that, Malcolm floating along to his destiny. In 25th Hour, after Philip Seymour Hoffman has kissed Anna Paquin, we did a shot like that, and it shows his state of mind. In Inside Man, after Denzel thinks he’s witnessed the murder of a hostage, we did the floating shot there.

So you just like the way it looks?
Yeah!
~ Spike Lee To Matt Zoller Seitz

“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster