"They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality." - Frida Kahlo
Above anything else, stay true to yourself. Whether that means for you that you like to have blue hair, or you don’t like to drink, or you are attracted to the same sex, or you want to remove yourself from Facebook, or you’ve got 3 different kids from 3 different dads but you know you’re a really good mom, or you cry for a week because your turtle died. Whatever your truth is, stay true to yourself. But be a good person while you’re at it.
"You and me. We are at war."
"I don’t see it like that."
"Then you see nothing."
Camp X-Ray (2014, Peter Sattler)
Justin Simien, director of Dear White People, joins Fresh Air to discuss his new film and what motivated him to make a satire about race relations and racial identity.
Simien on how “white movies” are just “movies”
"[Recently] Hollywood has gotten more myopic and has to make very specific choices based on how they think the audience will respond when putting a movie through the production pipeline. It’s gotten real crazily bad, I think.
I think TV has gotten it right. Shonda Rhimes has figured it out, getting multiracial casts on television and appealing to everybody. It’s interesting because I haven’t seen that with “white movies,” which most people just call “movies.” They don’t just appeal to white people, it’s taken as given that a white cast represents everyone: A white male in a movie is an everyman type character, whereas a black man in a movie is a black character and it’s a black movie and it’s only for black people.”
"…watching them brings to mind a comment made by john ford to a collaborator who was complaining about the miserable weather conditions in the desert when they were trying to shoot a picture. the guy said ‘look, mr. ford, what can we shoot out here?’ and ford replied, ‘what can we shoot? the most interesting and exciting thing in the whole world - a human face.’" - martin scorsese on john cassavetes’ films in a personal journey with martin scorsese through american movies
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"But there’s a long gap between writing ‘Carrie smiles’ on the page and whatever it is that Danes does, which suggests both the many ways in which Carrie’s brain is prone to breaking, as well as why she had never been able to avoid this life for too long. She likes it too much, and on some level, deep down, that’s destroying her." [x]
My favorite memory is being cast, because i had been auditioning for another part, the Limo Driver (I think) and there was a mixup, he wanted me to play this OTHER role of a Hong Kong film director - and the role had a very heavy accent, and I went in and auditioned, and said - and this is early in my career - I went in and auditioned, but I quietly thought to myself “I don’t want to do this role in a kid’s comedy, with an accent, because I don’t want young people laughing at an accent inadvertently.” I know they weren’t intending to make fun of the accent, but I didn’t want to risk it.
So I was offered the role after the audition and I politely declined, and they asked why, and I told them. And I heard word that the director said “Well, we’ll get rid of the accent then. Come in and we’ll develop a different character.” So I went back in with Shawn Levy, and we developed a new take on the character, he pitched it to the studio, and so I had no business doing anything at that point in my career, but he and I are friends - I bumped into him recently, and for him he says it was his first feature, and it was really awesome from HIS perspective that it was a good reminder that actors need to feel invested and the importance of collaboration, but for ME it was important that someone understood where I was coming from politically as far as representation of Asian-Americans.
Ewoks, waterslides, table tennis and other great stuff!
I don’t think I’ve crushed on anyone as hard as I have for Cillian Murphy. This fucker is perfect.