SPECIFIC ABOUT BEING NON-SPECIFIC: BEN WHEATLEY AT THE BRATTLE

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“Scripts are sort of slippery documents. You write this stuff and it’s real easy to write and it’s really, really hard to do. The next step would be storyboarding, but again storyboarding can be full of bullshit as well. It lulls you into a false sense of security that it’s actually doable. So then we built models and stuff and started to plan it out, and I eventually used Minecraft.” – Boston Reel, 04/22/2017

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IT’S KIND OF A STURBRIDGE VILLAGE THING: ACCOMPANIST JEFF RAPSIS

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“Remember, these films were made when the only place to see them was in a theater, usually with a lot of other people. To really understand why people first fell in love with the movies, you need to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and recreate the whole experience: the big screen, the live music, and, most importantly, the shared experience of the audience.” – Metro, 03/31/2017

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RESERVOIR DOGS TURNS 25: QUENTIN TARANTINO AT SUNDANCE

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“I can’t believe I made a movie that short,” cackled Quentin Tarantino following the 25th Anniversary Screening of Reservoir Dogs at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Returning to Park City a quarter-century after the premiere that launched his career, Tarantino was joined by co-star Michael Madsen and producer Lawrence Bender for a predictably boisterous Q&A. Some edited highlights:

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ALWAYS EVERYTHING AT ONCE: KENNETH LONERGAN AT THE COOLIDGE

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“The director doesn’t make the movie, the first assistant director makes the movie. The director says, ‘I’d like that to be blue’ and someone else does the work of making sure that it’s blue. And often they come to you and say, ‘It can’t be blue. How about red?’ And you say okay. Multiply that by about ten thousand and you’ve got how a movie gets made.” – Boston Reel, 11/19/2016

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THAT’S WO-MANITY: PAM GRIER AT THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

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“Marlon said, ‘I saw Jackie Brown and I like how you talk out of the side of your mouth.’ He was impressed with that. He really loved Jackie Brown. And then my boyfriend started getting jealous and thought I was having some kind of affair. I said, have you seen him lately? I mean he’s Marlon Brando, but I don’t know if I can give him any right now!” – Boston Reel, 10/31/2016

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A CONTINUATION OF AN EXPLORATION: OLIVER STONE AT HARVARD

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“I’m a realist and pragmatic, too. I understand the need for security and the need for some of the things that they’re doing, absolutely. I think Ed should be the head of the NSA, if you really want to know the truth. He believes in the defense of the country, but properly organized and controlled. Right now we are out of control.” – Boston Reel, 09/21/2016

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CONTESTING HISTORY: MATT ZOLLER SEITZ AND THE OLIVER STONE EXPERIENCE

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“There is a lot of stuff in Stone’s films that didn’t actually happen. And you know what? That’s okay. Many of Shakespeare’s tragedies drew on history and a lot of that stuff is flat out made-up. If you’re not willing to go with Oliver Stone and treat history not just in terms of fact, but also metaphor, then there’s really no point going to his movies.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/09/2016

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