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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Nanni Moretti On We Have A Pope

“I’m used to people talking about my movies without having seen them first. After it was released, at least people had seen it when they talked about it. It went over well in Europe, particularly Italy and France. People have expectations of my films, which I always try not to meet. Many people expected a frontal attack on the Vatican. But I didn’t want to do that. I believe cinema should surprise the audience; whatever they’re expecting is probably waiting for them at home on TV. Cinema should surprise people.”
~ Nanni Moretti On We Have A Pope

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“Cyberspace is a literary invention and does not really exist, however much time we spend on the computer every day. There is no such space radically different from the empirical, material room we are sitting in, nor do we leave our bodies behind when we enter it, something one rather tends to associate with drugs or the rapture. But it is a literary construction we tend to believe in; and, like the concept of immaterial labor, there are certainly historical reasons for its appearance at the dawn of postmodernity which greatly transcend the technological fact of computer development or the invention of the Internet.”
~ Fredric Jameson On William Gibson, Cyberspace and “Neuromancer”

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Manohla Dargis on Ted 2

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