By Ray Pride

Joachim Trier

“We are seeing a late phase of a master and I think that we should be generous and look at all these films he is releasing back to back as cinematic explorations. I think we are too concerned at the moment just about “Thumbs up” or “Thumbs down,” you know? Is it good? Is it bad? I think it’s much more interesting to look at the ambition and the moments of success that all his films have where you really feel that he’s trying to explore the possibilities for cinema to be both existentially potent but also visually explorative in terms of form. He’s trying to use the camera to be a philosopher. I’m tired of people putting down Terrence Malick because they want him to do what he did in his first few films. I watch his films with great admiration. I’m not a film critic, thank God, so I don’t have to decipher things up against each other, I can just be a human being watching another human being express themselves. Everyone is complaining that nobody is doing original cinema and then Terrence Malick is blowing the roof off in terms of trying to explore just how far you can push associative, voiceover-driven cinema without dramatic dialogue scenes in a way that nobody else has done. Whether you like it or not you have got to give him respect for the exploration of the possibilities of making movies, of what the language can be and I admire that tremendously. Who is else is doing that? Let’s root for the people that take risks, let’s root for the people that keep exploring and don’t abide by the rules of the dramaturgically constructed movies of the present moment.”
~ Joachim Trier

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield