The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
I gave the script [of Rushmore] to my mom and I said, 'Mom, I've never auditioned. Can you give me any pointers? Can you help me memorize lines?' and she read the script and she said, 'I'll be right back,' and she went out and rented three films — The Graduate, Dog Day Afternoon, and Harold and Maude. And I watched them all for the first time. And it was in that moment where I felt, watching the films, this warm, insane feeling inside of my body, which was a feeling that up until then music had given me. And it was in that moment where I said, 'I don't know if I'll ever get this part. I don't know if my band will ever make it. But I've got to try to live my life somehow staying as close to this weird feeling as possible.'