By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Juvenile Cinephile On 2016

“Talked about on release, promptly torn apart, and seemingly disposed album of Lady Gaga’s transparent persona swap into country pop, ‘Joanne’ was an album that hit [personal] pleasure sensors. I appreciate belting, which Lady Gaga gives generously, I appreciate kitsch, I appreciate cheese, and I appreciate an artist just going there. Say what you will about Lady Gaga, but she has the gamesmanship and commitment of making a fool while still hitting whatever goal she sought, no matter how weird that goal was. This was the artist that gave us, ‘Venus,’ lest we forget. People’s problem with Lady Gaga is that her movements, turns, and persona swaps are again, so indicating, so transparent, and so seemingly inauthentic. Yet, in all of her work, somebody who is this music school-trained theater kid, postmodern artist hits either a point that is either transcendence or surrender against what we view as her approach, and embraces everything she could possibly be doing.”
~ Juvenile Cinephile On 2016

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“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant

“To say I knew exactly what I was doing at the outset — what’s that called? I think that would be a lie. Wormwood is something that was figured out as we went along. There was a kind of plan. My sales pitch to Netflix was, ‘I’m going to create the cinematic version of the everything bagel, except no raisins. I don’t like them in bagels. I think raisins are wrong, at least as far as bagels are concerned. But I told them I wanted to do something that combines straight drama, reenactments, archival research, various diverse graphics elements, and on and on and on. It wasn’t going to be documentary business as usual. It was going to be something different. I have suffered for years this idea that interviews aren’t directing and that there’s something really different about real people and actors. Whereas I’ve always believed that it’s really about performance — eliciting a performance, creating a performance on film. That’s true of interviews, it’s true of scripted material, it’s true of reenactments, it’s true of everything. It’s all direction.”
~ Errol Morris