Do you ever read reviews of your films, or rather, do critics mean anything to you today?
They don’t, but not out of any contempt. They don’t because they never
have. I’ve never had any interest in what they had to say because
there’s nothing I can do about it. By the time critics get a hold of
your film, it’s finished, it’s out, and there’s nothing you can do. You
can’t change your style. There’s no help in reading them. They either
tell you you’re brilliant and a genius, and you know that’s not true,
or they think you’ve screwed up somehow. Maybe you have, maybe you
haven’t, maybe it’s their personal taste, maybe not everybody will feel
that way, or maybe everybody will. The best thing to do is make your
films, keep your eyes closed, put your nose to the grindstone and just
work. Over the years, that which you do which is good will last and
people enjoy it, and stuff that’s junk drifts away.
On the podcast, we report from the festival midpoint and are joined by Filmspotting’s Adam Kempenaar.
Michael Atkinson does the "Saved from the Flames" collection and "The Kingdom – Series Two." On the former: "Here in a case is the melancholy luster of cinema â€” the entering into a
past at once captured as if in amber, and simultaneously forever lost
Matt Singer reviews "The Air I Breathe": "Eventually, there will so many of these movies that some young director
will come full circle and rebel against the indie establishment by
creating a work about how one person’s horrible existence has
absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the horrible existence of the
person they meet at a bus stop."
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.