The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults in History

“Your mama’s blocking is so two dimensional that she might as well work in animation” – Okay, maybe I need to work on my filmmaking comebacks. Here are 30 harsh insults from filmmakers luckily non of them

1. Francois Truffaut on Michelangelo Antonioni:
“Antonioni is the only important director I have nothing good to say about. He bores me; he’s so solemn and humorless.”

2. Ingmar Bergman on Michelangelo Antonioni:
“Fellini, Kurosawa, and Bunuel move in the same field as Tarkovsky. Antonioni was on his way, but expired, suffocated by his own tediousness.”

3. Ingmar Berman on Orson Welles:
“For me he’s just a hoax. It’s empty. It’s not interesting. It’s dead. Citizen Kane, which I have a copy of — is all the critics’ darling, always at the top of every poll taken, but I think it’s a total bore. Above all, the performances are worthless. The amount of respect that movie’s got is absolutely unbelievable.”

4. Ingmar Bergman on Jean-Luc Godard:
“I’ve never gotten anything out of his movies. They have felt constructed, faux intellectual, and completely dead. Cinematographically uninteresting and infinitely boring. Godard is a fucking bore. He’s made his films for the critics. One of the movies, Masculin, Féminin, was shot here in Sweden. It was mind-numbingly boring.”

5. Orson Welles on Jean-Luc Godard:
“His gifts as a director are enormous. I just can’t take him very seriously as a thinker — and that’s where we seem to differ, because he does. His message is what he cares about these days, and, like most movie messages, it could be written on the head of a pin.

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Advice from A-List Actors: You Better Be Damn Good!

Matt Damon, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Alan Arkin and John Hawkes convene for a rare exploration of the current state of the male movie star.

It might seem obvious, but in an industry filled with flash and instant celebrity, the best advice that Hollywood’s top talents have for aspiring actors is to simply just be very, very good at acting.

Gathered for The Hollywood Reporter‘s actor’s roundtable, veteran leading men, including Matt DamonDenzel Washington and Jamie Foxx, discussed the ups and downs of making a living in front of a camera.

Washington, whose daughter is studying the craft at NYU, says that he emphasizes to her the importance of being multi-talented.

“I say: ‘You’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat.’ I said: ‘You gotta learn how to act. You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move onstage,’” the Flight star and two-time Oscar winner explained. “That’s the only place, in my humble opinion, you really learn how to act. I said: ‘Look at Viola Davis. That’s who you want to be. Forget about the little pretty girls; if you’re relying on that, when you hit 40, you’re out the door. You better have some chops.’”

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Your Brain Subconsciously Controls Blinking While Watching Movies

Each time you blink you loose 450 milliseconds of visual information, that’s 6 seconds every minute. This means during a 150-minute film your eyes are shut for up to 15 minutes. But don’t worry about missing anything important because your brain subconsciously controls the timing of blinks so you don’t miss the action. Even more interesting is because we all tend to watch films the same way the entire audience often blinks in unison.

The synchronised blinks occurred at “non-critical” points during the silent movie – at the conclusion of an action sequence or when the main character had disappeared from view. “We all commonly find implicit breaks for blinking while viewing a video story,” Nakano says.

Geraint Rees at University College London thinks it is an interesting study. This synchronisation between individuals “implies that there’s something common to everyone that is triggering the blinks,” he says.

He points out that other studies have shown that brain activity across individuals can become synchronised when watching a movie. “The blinks may form one external manifestation of that, which may provide a window into understanding what people are thinking when they watch a movie.”

Read the Full Article | New Scientist

How Do We Perceive Color?

Alva Noë, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, discusses the science and philosophy of color.

Isaac Newton defined the optical spectrum, but it was Goethe who first understood that color is more than just a physical problem. In Theory of Colours (1840), the German writer and painter examined phenomena like colored shadows, refraction, and chromatic aberration, as well as the psychology of color, “marvelling at color’s occurrences and meanings” and hoping to uncover its secrets. His great insight: color vision is shaped as much by human perception as it is by mechanical functioning.

He was a man of poetic sensibilities. He was also right. Today, neuroscientists believe that your eye doesn’t see color at all — your brain creates it and constructs it through neural processes. Different features including color, shape, location, and velocity are picked up by different regions of the brain and then integrated into a holistic perception of an object.

“This is a wonderful area where both science and philosophy have tended to really collaborate, have been in dialogue with each other. In many cases the leading philosophers have also been the leading scientists thinking about this,” says the philosopher Alva Noë, a former fellow of the Oxford Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.

Hans Zimmer Soundtrack Mix: Dark Knight Trilogy vs Inception

Hans Zimmer soundtracks from The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception mixed together.

0:00:05 Why Do We Fall – TDKR
0:02:00 Dream Within A Dream – Inception
0:05:14 Like A Dog Chasing Cars – TDK
0:09:39 528491 – Inception
0:11:56 The Fire Rises – TDKR
0:17:16 Molossus – BB
0:21:51 Dream Is Collapsing – Inception
0:24:06 Rise – TDKR
0:31:05 Gotham’s Reckoning – TDKR
0:34:52 Watchful Guardian – TDK
0:41:20 Time – Inception

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