"That’s one of the things about using music in movies that’s so cool, is the fact that if you do it right, if you use the right song, in the right scene—really when you take songs and put them in a sequence in a movie right, it’s about as cinematic a thing as you can do. You are really doing what movies do better than any other art form; it really works in this visceral, emotional, cinematic way that’s just really special. And when you do it right and you hit it right then the effect is you can never really hear this song again without thinking about that image from the movie. I don’t know if Gerry Rafferty necessarily appreciated the connotations that I brought to ‘Stuck in the Middle with You.’ There is a good chance he didn’t."
Notes: 198 / 3 months ago
from werdsmiffery (originally from oldfilmsflicker)
"I’ve never counted how many prints I’ve had since I don’t think I’ve wanted to put my obsession under than harsh a microscope. But I have a pretty terrific 35mm collection and an even bigger 16mm collection and I screen them all the time. I’m always watching movies and everything. One of the nice things about my life is because I’ve done fairly well in cinema, it’s actually afforded me to almost live an academic’s life. So my feeling is that I’m studying for my professorship in the history of world cinema and the day I die is the day I graduate. I’ll just get on a kick of study of some sorts whether it’s a director whose work I’m not familiar with, like say Dorothy Arzner or a director I decide to rediscover like George Roy Hill or it’s a genre of cinema or it’s a country of cinema. Then I just explore. I voraciously watch them and make notes on them, maybe for a future book or maybe for a future study or maybe for my own edification. I take that to its logical conclusion, to its end, and then I put those notes away and my head is now filled with new knowledge and then I wait for the next kick to hit me."
Notes: 5067 / 3 months ago
from affinitiesrnl (originally from yknowlikethehurricane)
"I was a film geek. Film geeks don’t have a whole lot of tangible things to show for their passion and commitment to film. They just watch movies all the time. What they do have to show is a high regard for their own opinion. They’ve learned to break down a movie. They understand what they like and don’t like about a film. And they feel that they’re right. It’s not open to discussion."
Pulp Fiction, perhapsthe definitive film of the 90s, premiered 20 years ago today (May 12th) at the Cannes Film Festival. It went on to win the Palme d’Or while at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and it became the first independent movie to gross over $200 million at the box office.