The Writer: Don’t you believe I love you?
The Marquise: No. I do know that at times I arouse desire in you, but desire is not love. Even if you express it with something resembling passion. I’ve had too much experience of the world to be fooled. Innumerable women have the same effect on you that I do.
John The Baptist: Love. What does it mean? Love is sweet as honey, but it’s also blood. Love is action. You want a new crop, you burn the earth.
Jesus: But isn’t love enough?
John The Baptist: No, no! Look at the world around you! Plague, war, corruption, false prophets, false idols, worship of gold! Nothing is of value. The tree is rotten. You have to take the ax and cut it down.
Jesus: If I was a woodcutter, I’d cut. If I was a fire, I’d burn. But I’m a heart and I love. That’s all I can do.
Glen Whitehouse: Come on smart guy. Tell me it’s no big deal. I just. . .tell me. . .there’s a single one of you that’s worth one single hair on that woman’s gray head! Tell me that!
Glen Whitehouse: What?
Lena: Jesus is more powerful than any demon.
Glen Whitehouse: Oh, go fuck yourself!
Rolfe: Wade, just leave it.
Glen Whitehouse: Yeah, just listen to your little brother here. “Wade, just leave it.” Candy-asses. All of you. That’s what I’ve got for children. Jesus freaks and candy-asses!
I just saw Mississippi Burning, which is fictionalized account of real events that happened in Mississippi in 1964, for the first time a few weeks ago and it really blew me away. It may not be a perfect film, but it’s definitely a film with a strong world-view. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning one: Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Cinematography (won), Best Supporting Actress Frances McDormand, Best Actor Gene Hackman, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were The Accidental Tourist, Dangerous Liaisons, Working Girl and winner Rain Man.
I think I first saw this film when I was in High School. If I remember correctly, I rented it because I was going through a Willem Dafoe phase (yes, really). My mother watched it with me because she had really enjoyed the film when it first came out. Then she told me about how she’d seen the real Ron Kovic speak at an event once and she thought Cruise had really captured his spirit. There’s a lot of themes in this movie; because it is directed by Oliver Stone, it isn’t particularly subtle with its point of view. But, from what I gather, neither was Ron Kovic. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two: Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing (Won), Best Actor, Best Director (won), Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, My Left Foot and winner Driving Miss Daisy.