There have been some wonderful movie relay races over the past several months. Now there’s a new one and it may be the most creative relay yet. It originated from the wonderful Taste of Cinema site and here is the motivation behind it:
“People love wisdom words from great minds. As a cinephile, I prefer director quotes than words from any other group of people in the world.Their thoughts on cinema not only provide insights into deep understanding of cinema,but also open the window to their own films, their genres, their filmmaking methods, thus they need to receive more exposure as their films did.”
I have the pleasure of participating in this relay thanks to my moviegoing pal Ruth over at FlixChatter. If you haven’t visited FlixChatter you’re missing out. Ruth offers a wonderful variety of features and reviews. You can stop by and check out her fabulous day-by-day coverage of the recent Twin Cities Film Festival. You don’t want to miss it! Along with Ruth, these are the other great blogs that have participated so far : Movie and Songs 365 , And So it Begins… , The Cinematic Spectacle , and On Page and Screen .
Now if you’re unfamiliar with blog relay races the rules are simple. Examine the 10 director’s quotes passed to you then replace one with a quote you think is better. Then pick a new blogger and pass the baton. It’s that easy but it also makes for some great reading. So here are the directors and their quotes that came my way:
These are great quotes and it’s a difficult task to pick one to remove. But in accordance to the rules…
WHO GETS CUT….
When it came to cutting one of the great director’s quotes, I quickly narrowed it down to three. But through a process of elimination I decided to say goodbye to David Lynch. It’s not that there is anything wrong or uninspired with his statement. But when compared to the other quotes his seemed rather bland. He pretty much said what anyone who has watched some of his films already know.
In approaching my choice of a director’s quote, I didn’t really consider whether the director was one of my very favorites. I strictly went with the quote and how it related to cinema. That being said, I am a fan of Katheryn Bigelow. I still love “Point Break” and I was a big fan of her Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker”. And this year’s “Zero Dark Thirty” is one of my most anticipated pictures of the year. She’s a tough and bold filmmaker which is evident by her quote I chose. I love her statement because you can sense the passion behind it. She doesn’t discount a possible resistance to women making films. But she hints at its foolishness before expressing her passion for filmmaking, a passion that she will not allow to be extinguished. That’s the heart of someone who LOVES cinema.
NEXT IN LINE…
I want to now pass the baton to my buddy Mark at the wonderful site Marked Movies. Mark puts together some of the most well constructed reviews of a wide variety of films. He also has one of my favorite features – his Tuesday Trivia Tidbits. It’s a site you must check out and I can’t wait to see his contribution to this list. Mark, the floor is yours…..