What they said to us when we started this project was ‘what we want is your voice… be as outrageous as you want to… don’t hold back.’ I was like, ‘what’?? It was a very different and provocative education. I think quite clearly independent cinema is struggling. It’s difficult to get people out to the cinemas. And there’s not a lot of art house cinemas around, at least compared to when I started making films. They used to be about where you went to find out about life and have different voices talking to you in an intimate and interesting way. I don’t think that’s really happening now. People are trying to second guess what an audience wants. Occasionally maybe two or three films a year will be truly innovative. But most of them try and second guess the audience.
- SlashFilm: Do you miss film at times?
- Roger Deakins: Am I nostalgic for film?
- SlashFilm: Yeah, exactly. That’s what I–
- Roger Deakins: I mean, it’s had a good run, hasn’t it?
- SlashFilm: [Laughs] Wow.
- Roger Deakins: You know, I’m not nostalgic for a technology. I’m nostalgic for the kind of films that used to be made that aren’t being made now.
Science show that fertility and movie offers drop off steeply for women after forty. The baby-versus-work life questions keep the writer up at night. She has observed that women, at least in comedy, are labeled ‘crazy’ after a certain age. The writer has the suspicion that the definition of ‘crazy’ in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to fuck her anymore. The fastest remedy for this ‘women are crazy’ situation is for more women to become producers and hire diverse women of various ages.
Look back over the past decade. How many films have approached the moral complexity and sociological density of THE SOPRANOS or THE WIRE? Engaged recent American history with the verve and insight of MAD MEN? Turned indeterminacy and ambiguity into high entertainment with the conviction of LOST? Addressed modern families with the sharp humor and sly warmth of MODERN FAMILY? Look at GLEE, and then try to think of any big-screen teen comedy or musical — or, for that matter, movie set in Ohio — that manages to be so madly satirical with so little mean-spiritedness.
Very smart, considering that alt horror is one of the more interesting & viable independent genres right now.
Important issue for us TV and film folks:
Faced with a film- and TV-industry exodus, Gov. Paterson signaled yesterday that he will propose new state funding to continue a tax-credit program responsible for keeping the highly lucrative business - and its 19,000 jobs - in New York.
On another note, I heart the quippy Post headline.