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Beautiful Girls (1996), directed by Tim Demme
Summing up years of work in one sentence.
You see, no matter how fancy the refinements made to, say, Apple’s much heralded Retina display or Amazon’s electronic ink, an e-book offers little promise of discovery or wonder. Browsers may be ubiquitous in our e-portal age, but an e-book doesn’t encourage actual browsing. ”
Anna Holmes, How Do E-Books Change the Reading Experience? - NYTimes.com
I think Ms. Holmes is onto something here, similar to that feeling one gets when a question arises in a discussion that is then quickly answered by someone completing a knee-jerk smartphone search. Gone is some of the wonder, and some of the hope of true discovery.
Whenever we have downtime, the Internet is an enticing, quick solution that immediately fills the gap. We get bored, look at Facebook or Twitter, and become more bored. Getting rid of Facebook wouldn’t change the fact that our attention is, more and more frequently, forgetting the path to proper, fulfilling engagement. And in that sense, Facebook isn’t the problem. It’s the symptom. ”
When it comes to my personal ardor for cinema, it’s not simply the films I gravitate towards, but the minds behind them that ignite that affection in me. I fall in love with personalities and autueristic idiosyncrasies, finding a great pleasure in tracing the steps and winks and tones of a filmmaker’s voice throughout their work—like getting to know a dear friend who only becomes more fascinating with each encounter.
My journalistic interest in cinema has always been to shed light on what I find emotionally stirring and culturally important—those films which inspired me and spark that physiological thrill that all truly compelling art brings forth. And throughout the year, I’ve been deeply caught under the spell of a number of features— from Shane Carruth’s possessively brilliant Upstream Color and Paolo Sorrentino’s elegant and grotesque The Great Beauty to Harmony Korine’s psychotropic teen nightmare Spring Breakers and Xavier Dolan’s orchestral love story Laurence Anyways.
And in getting the chance to sit down with these filmmakers, I’ve gained a rewarding and tremendous insight into their creative spirits as artists and the deeper intent of their work. So as the year is winding down and a new cinematic calendar is ahead of us, let’s take a look back on some of those directors whose interviews with us have provided a fascinating look into some of the year’s best films.
From Harmony Korine to Abbas Kiarostami: BlackBook’s Favorite Film Interviews of 2013
Write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place between the pen and the paper, not before in a thought or afterwards in a recasting. It will come if it is there and if you will let it come. ”
The Lost Art of Cassette Design by Steve Vistaunet
God almighty, I would have been such good friends with this person.