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Type: Critic
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 06/18/1942




 

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Well, you know what, I'm 60 years old, and I've been interested in politics since I was on my daddy's knee. During the 1948 election, we were praying for Truman. I know a lot about politics.
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Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will, and you can't give somebody free will and then send in a play from the sidelines.
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Well, you know, a lot of modern directors and their movies are influenced by the flat lighting and textbook cutting style of television.
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Because I don't give the studios advanced quotes or an advanced look at my reviews. I think the readers deserve to read my reviews before the studios do.
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It's funny that there was so much disturbance about having a Catholic in the White House with Kennedy, and when we finally get a religion in the White House that's causing a lot of conflicts, and concerns, and disturbances for a lot of people, it's in the Bush Administration.
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I begin to feel like most Americans don't understand the First Amendment, don't understand the idea of freedom of speech, and don't understand that it's the responsibility of the citizen to speak out.
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I think that probably the - I don't give quotes to studios. They have to get those out of the paper or from television. So they wouldn't have had my quote opening day.
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The movies that are made more thoughtfully or made or with more ambition often get just get drowned out by the noise.
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I think we have to get beyond the idea that we have to categorize people.
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We don't have a lot of class-conscious filmmaking.
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Most of us do not consciously look at movies.
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I'm kind of glad the web is sort of totally anarchic. That's fine with me.
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The right really dominates radio, and it's amazing how much energy the right spends telling us that the press is slanted to the left when it really isn't. They want to shut other people up. They really don't understand the First Amendment.
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The Academy is paranoid about its image.
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Movies absorb our attention more completely, I think.
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If Hollywood stars speak out, so do all sorts of other people. Now Hollywood stars can get a better hearing.
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I don't think Bush was legitimately elected President.
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The prevailing style in the mainstream is represented by Michael Bay. This is shorter and shorter takes and less and less dialogue.
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I'll tell you, I think that the Internet has provided an enormous boost to film criticism by giving people an opportunity to self publish or to find sites that are friendly.
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You can have a movie with hardly any cuts, or very few cuts, that is fascinating, you can't take your eyes away from it... Look at some of the long takes in Citizen Kane.
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The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can't change your mind, because God sure isn't going to change His.
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By going to the movies, and because of other things, too, going to college, making a wide variety of friends, moving around traveling, I became a lot more open-minded than the heritage I was born into might have suggested.
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But the fact is, most people are not going to be rich someday.
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We can now have action movies with two stars where one might be African American and one might be Asian American. One of them doesn't have to be white, and the other one doesn't have to be the ethnic sidekick. We're way over that. And I think it's happening in society, too.
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And I think both the left and the right should celebrate people who have different opinions, and disagree with them, and argue with them, and differ with them, but don't just try to shut them up.
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