Born On This Day – May 31, 1945

“People often criticize my films for being pessimistic. There are certainly plenty of reasons for being pessimistic, but I don’t see my films that way. They are founded in the belief that revolution doesn’t belong on the cinema screen, but outside, in the world. When I show people, on the screen, the ways that things can go wrong, my aim is to warn them that this is the way things will go if they don’t change their lives. Never mind if a film ends pessimistically, if it exposes certain mechanisms clearly enough to show people how exactly they work, then … Continue reading Born On This Day – May 31, 1945

Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhass – Michael Kohlhass (Mads Mikkelsen) was just another family man, a horse trader and a loyal citizen. Then they stole his horses and murdered his wife, now he has nothing to live for. Nothing, except for his revenge. A classic tale of retribution painted across the wide-open landscape of 16th Century France. Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz and Denis Lavant co-star in a script written by Christelle Berthevas and Arnaud des Pallières with des Pallières directing as well. In limited release from Music Box Films.   Filth – Bruce … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Born On This Day – May 30, 1969

“My desire to make a film always starts with a personal event that leaves its mark on me and that I want to translate into images. I create fictions from very personal things… I didn’t come into filmmaking from, as you say, watching other films and then wanting to be a director. Fundamentally, it was my love of the medium of film as a tool to capture the moment, the moment that’s happening right now. When film was first invented, there was that excitement about its ability to capture a moment in time, the here and the now. And that’s … Continue reading Born On This Day – May 30, 1969

Born On This Day – May 30, 1896

“I don’t think plot as a plot means much today. I’d say that everybody has seen every plot twenty times. What they haven’t seen is characters and their relation to one another. I don’t worry much about plot anymore.” “I guarantee you that two directors that are any good can take the same story change the name of the characters, change the name of the town and make an entirely different picture.” –Howard Hawks Continue reading Born On This Day – May 30, 1896

Born On This Day – May 26, 1961

“Anybody in Europe who tries to compete directly with Hollywood will die because they’ll just spend more money on it. But things like Hindi cinema have evolved from a different angle, and they’ve survived because of it. In the west, for example, you don’t mix opera and film. If someone is 44 he won’t play himself as a 12 or 14-year-old, but he will in a Hindi movie. If he’s fat and ugly, people will still call him beautiful. In opera you’d accept that, but you don’t accept it in cinema. In the middle of a really serious situation, a … Continue reading Born On This Day – May 26, 1961

GODZILLA

Consider what it must have been like for an ant building a hill on the island of Guadalcanal in 1942. You, and a thousand of your closest friends, are going about the business of collecting food and constructing tunnels when suddenly, a giant boot comes crashing down. Pandemonium. Destruction. Carnage everywhere. Then, an explosion nearby scatters debris and sand everywhere, killing more. A branch falls on the hill, burying more ants, collapsing the western corridor. Another explosion. Another batch for the Grim Reaper. Another boot. Then another. Bullets hit the dirt, spraying hot sand all around. Ants run hither and … Continue reading GODZILLA