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Monday March 23, 2009

Quote of the Day

"The days of Nicolas Cage’s sensitivity and risk-taking as an actor have been over for so long it’s hard to get worked up about a new lame performance. But I’ll try. He makes only the broadest of acting choices. He MOPES in capital letters. He DRINKS in capital letters. He SHOUTS whenever he can get away with it (the late film bad acting shouting duet with Rose Byrne is especially funny). When the movie needs him to cry he doesn’t cry so much as hunch his shoulders and jam his eyelids together as if he can force tears out physically. He’s like a Terminator mimicking emotions they’ve seen humans express that they don't quite grasp. Cage doesn’t just overact. He overacts and then underlines. Then he starts circling his emotions with a big fat red marker."

— Nathaniel Rogers, from his review of "Knowing," on Film Experience Blog

Posted at 12:08 PM on Mar 23, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Movies
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Thursday March 19, 2009

Quote of the Day

"One cannot but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase 'getting something for nothing,' as if it were the peculiar and perverse ambition of disturbers of society. Except for our animal outfit, practically all we have is handed to us gratis. Can the most complacent reactionary flatter himself that he invented the art of writing or the printing press, or discovered his religious, economic and moral convictions, or any of the devices which supply him with meat and raiment or any of the sources of such pleasure as may derive from literature or the fine arts? In short, civilization is little else than getting something for nothing."

— James Harvey Robinson
Posted at 09:59 AM on Mar 19, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Culture
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Sunday March 15, 2009

The-More-Things-Change Quote of the Day

"Why does the audience keep coming to this type of photoplay [Action Pictures] if neither lust, love, hate, nor hunger is adequately conveyed? Simply because such spectacles gratify the incipient or rampant speed-mania in every American."

— Vachel Lindsay, "The Art of the Moving Picture," 1915

Posted at 04:40 PM on Mar 15, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Movies
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Saturday March 07, 2009

Quote of the Day

"We all have the right to be free from the interference of petty, small-minded, single-track dirty sniffers who feel that they have to justify their official existence. The motion picture industry is often faced by pressures from narrow, ignorant individuals and groups. Some of them may have the best intentions in the world. But it’s a mistake to take that pressure lying down."

— Samuel Goldwyn on HUAC, from the documentary "Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies"

Posted at 03:22 PM on Mar 07, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Movies - The Oscars
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Friday March 06, 2009

Joe Henry Quote of the Day

“He'll cry
Through the best of times
Then he'll ask you
Where do all the good times go?”

— from “Some Champions” by Joe Henry

Posted at 08:51 AM on Mar 06, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Music
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