Monthly Archives: August 2015
Dottie Ingels: I spend 16 years doing nothing but thinking about them and now I spend three months thinking about myself and I feel like I’ve murdered them.
Arnold Moss: You had to travel. It’s part of your work. Kids are happy when their mother’s happy.
Dottie Ingels: No they’re not. Everyone says that, but it’s not true. Kids are happy if you’re there. You give kids a choice: your mother in the next room on the verge of suicide versus your mother in Hawaii in ecstasy, they choose suicide in the next room. Believe me.
James Forester: You know, the best thing about playing? You know when you have a feeling and you don’t want to fade away, but you don’t really know how to keep it? Well, that feeling comes back when I play, like I can keep it. No. . .No talking, no disappointing anyone for three to five whole minutes.
Franny: You should try playing longer songs.
James Forester: Yeah, I should.
Movie Quote of the Day – Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto (Swept Away. . .by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August), 1974 (dir. Lina Wertmüller)
Lately I’ve become more and more frustrated with the various “best ever” lists that have been released because they rarely feature films by women, or if they do it’s usually one or two films. I think this is more a reflection of those who are polled for these kinds of lists, as well as a compounding of history on itself. For so long films by men have made up the bulk of the film canon and I think people are afraid to add new films to these revered lists. I also think many people haven’t seen very many films by women, or if they have it’s always the same handful of films. In an attempt to create a better, more inclusive list of great films by women, I polled over 500 critics, filmmakers, bloggers, historians, professors and casual film viewers, asking them to tell me what films directed (or co-directed) by women are essential viewing. Some people only responded with as little as five votes, others submitted hundreds of films. In the end, I received over 7,000 votes for 1,100+ different films. After tallying up this data, with ties factored in, I then had a list of 103 essential films directed by women.