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Mostly a log of the films I watch, but also pictures, songs, lists, etc.

"Let me tell you, this is how I got the part: a letter arrived one spring day. It was from Woody Allen. I opened it very slowly and took it out, it said “Woody Allen” at the top and already I felt like I was in the movies. Very exciting.

It began “Dear Kenneth Branagh, please look at the role enclosed.” This was a big thrill, I was getting the whole script, not just a few pages. “Enclosed is the film Celebrity, please look at the part of Lee Simon. When I wrote this part, I knew that there was only one actor in the world who could play it. Alec Baldwin. And he’s not available. So I thought for a while about Mel Gibson, but in the end decided that you would be more correct.” That was his ringing endorsement [of me], followed by a wonderful line where he said: “Lee Simon is essentially a loser, but he is attractive to women, therefore no facial hair.””

- Kenneth Branagh

July 25, 2014

Dead Again (1991)
Kenneth Branagh

"When I’m writing, I don’t want to know what I’m writing. I just want to have good lines, surprising gestures, surprising situations and material. And I don’t know what it means. After that, during the preps, on the set, I’m trying to understand what I could do—change the color of the walls—to see what the scene means."

- Arnaud Desplechin

"When I’m writing, I don’t want to know what I’m writing. I just want to have good lines, surprising gestures, surprising situations and material. And I don’t know what it means. After that, during the preps, on the set, I’m trying to understand what I could do—change the color of the walls—to see what the scene means."

- Arnaud Desplechin

July 24, 2014

La Vie des morts (1991)
Arnaud Desplechin

Matt Porterfield dropping some musical science on unsuspecting drinkers at Cafe Warschau in Berlin.

Matt Porterfield dropping some musical science on unsuspecting drinkers at Cafe Warschau in Berlin.

July 21, 2014
"I was a couple of films in before I realized, ‘Oh gosh, this must be who I am. I guess I’ll never be that other thing.’ It’s kind of a sad day. Before you’ve done anything, the world is completely open, just like any actor starting out saying, ‘Oh, I want to be Meryl Streep or Robert De Niro.’ At some point you look in the mirror and go, ‘Shit, okay, here’s who I am. I’m not that, but I am this.’ You sense your limitations and learn to live with it."

- Richard Linklater on knowing what kind of filmmaker you want to be

"I was a couple of films in before I realized, ‘Oh gosh, this must be who I am. I guess I’ll never be that other thing.’ It’s kind of a sad day. Before you’ve done anything, the world is completely open, just like any actor starting out saying, ‘Oh, I want to be Meryl Streep or Robert De Niro.’ At some point you look in the mirror and go, ‘Shit, okay, here’s who I am. I’m not that, but I am this.’ You sense your limitations and learn to live with it."

- Richard Linklater on knowing what kind of filmmaker you want to be

July 20, 2014

Slacker (1991)
Richard Linklater

 
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