2. "Cinema needs to be reduced to its essential poetry. It’s a cycle that happens, and we’re in it now, maybe forcibly by worldwide economics, and maybe that’s a very good thing. Already in Greece, Romania, for years now in Iran, there are these beautiful gardens of new cinema that come in places where you would think, “How can they be making films in places the crisis is so severe?” But it’s happening. I’m not a predictor, but I embrace people finding their own way to express themselves. I have a lot of hope for it. You cannot kill these beautiful forms, but you just can’t help them with a lot of money."
    — — Jim Jarmusch speaking the truth (via heidisaman)

    Jimmy J radiates wisdom but he should cut back on smoking.

  3. heidisaman:

    This trailer for Mouchette (1967) was cut by Jean-Luc Godard.

    I was telling a friend the other day that the few trailers I remember are those that have been edited by the film’s director. This is different of course, but it’s just refreshing to see a trailer that doesn’t package a film in the traditional manner that we’re used to seeing — and it leaves such a distinctive impression of Godard’s thoughts on Mouchette.

    Thanks to Janus Films for making me aware of this trailer.

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  4. "The main stream has an incredibly strong current. Don’t be surprised if it takes everything you have away from you. Don’t be surprised when the ride sucks. But if you stay against the flow and see it through to the end, that makes you one of the best people on the planet."




    The Last Picture Show (one solo commentary, and one with actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman and Frank Marshall)
    The Sopranos (TV series) (episode “Sentimental Education”)
    What’s Up, Doc?
    Paper Moon
    Daisy Miller
    Saint Jack
    They All Laughed
    The Thing Called Love
    The Cat’s Meow


    Bringing Up Baby
    Citizen Kane
    Clash by Night, with audio interview excerpts of director Fritz Lang
    El Dorado
    Fury, with audio interview excerpts of director Fritz Lang
    The Lady from Shanghai
    Land of the Pharaohs, with audio interview excepts of director Howard Hawks
    M, with digital transfer supervisor Torsten Kaiser and restoration supervisor Martin Koerber, plus audio interview excerpts of director Fritz Lang
    Othello, with Orson Welles scholar Myron Meisel
    The Rules of the Game, reading commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske
    The Searchers
    The Sopranos (TV series) (episode “Pilot”) with Sopranos creator David Chase
    Strangers on a Train, with Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano, Patricia Highsmith biographer Andrew Wilson and other participants
    To Catch a Thief, with film historian Laurent Bouzereau
    The Third Man, on the Criterion Edition of the film
    Make Way for Tomorrow, on the Criterion Edition of the film


  6. "

    I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.

    "We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”

    Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?

    "I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.

    — Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki (via oh-totoro)

    Hard to explain to readers and $ people that these moments in my scripts are intentional and not the amateur mistake of a common dipshit who doesn’t understand structure or plot. Idiots abound.

    (Source: improv-is-easy, via hottchord)




    Wow dude wow like five people I know right now plus myself are severely depressed cos they decided to be in their late 20s early 30s during this time and the debt wolves are upon us no one can fulfill their purpose and climb out of this sewer Kentucker Audley says mediocrity is crippling the market making it solvent and I’m not sure if I got the goods I thought I once had I truly thought I made a pact with The Lord pre-birth to express something beautiful but now the world is so populated and full of people dying in foreign countries for other types of liberation but never forget it sucks here pretty bad too everything’s too expensive and the illusion of plenty is much greater yes there is much I am thankful for but that only makes this dread more acute I am not thankful for being broke all the time I just wish I could afford to have this angry infected tooth pulled so my head doesn’t feel like it’s full of cotton nonstop for real life I know I’d not feel sick so much were I not caught in a menial job just to survive and it’s devouring my soul I would tell you I was born to create and not designed for much else but then I guess every other bohemian piece of shit will tell you the same thing maybe I’ll just OD on Emergen-C and let Mr. Audley sort it out.

    A supremely creative personality, having achieved outer success, will generally be forgiven of his/her foibles and absentmindedness (laughed away in postmortem interviews). A supremely creative nobody who can barely keep it together and has nothing to show for it is just an asshole.
  8. THE HOUNDS: A band of poor Canadian musicians travel America on a shoestring tour of dive bars, music halls and house parties.

    A pilot I co-wrote ‘n directed in 2011. An attempt to make an austere comedy. Is there a lot I would do differently? Sure. Did I struggle to raise funds and shoot under extremely limited circumstances under immense time constraints? You bet. We did the best we could and I still think it’s pretty darn good and would love to see a series about these guys roaming America in a shitty Dodge van.

  9. WHIFF: A recluse with a disease that makes him stink uncontrollably has a series of misadventures which lead him to his perfect match.

    A short from 2005 that I co-wrote and did production design for. It was fun being a puppeteer.

    The other day I watched Bunny and Bull and was amazed at how similar these two jams are. Whiff came first.

  10. HOBOJUNGLE: A naive folksinger wanders into a surreal wasteland inhabited by all manner of bizarre vagrants and metaphysical creatures.

    The thesis film I made in college. I think most of it holds up alright. Sort of my answer to Gilliam, Gondry, Tim Burton, Miyazaki and Wes Anderson.