Started by itwasgood, November 10, 2021, 10:03:41 AM
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QuoteDoes it surprise you how some people are reacting to the age difference between Alana and Gary?There's no line that's crossed, and there's nothing but the right intentions. It would surprise me if there was some kind of kerfuffle about it, because there's not that much there. That's not the story that we made, in any kind of way. There isn't a provocative bone in this film's body.
QuoteThere's at least one provocative bone in this film's body. I'm thinking of the scenes with a white restaurateur, played by John Michael Higgins, where he talks to his Japanese wife in an accent so offensive that my audience actually gasped.Well, that's different. I think it would be a mistake to tell a period film through the eyes of 2021. You can't have a crystal ball, you have to be honest to that time. Not that it wouldn't happen right now, by the way. My mother-in-law's Japanese and my father-in-law is white, so seeing people speak English to her with a Japanese accent is something that happens all the time. I don't think they even know they're doing it.
Quote from: Drill on November 23, 2021, 01:05:23 PMInteresting that he wanted this to come out in the summer. That's something I thought would be a good idea.
QuoteBut I think that it's the nature of the game right now and I don't mind it. The only thing that I'm trying to not get upset about is that I have seen some writing about films that becomes dismissive, as if it's a beauty contest. Talking about a film as if it's a woman, like, "Yeah, she's never going to make it—hips too big, a little squat." That kind of stuff. It's not healthy for anybody and it makes my skin crawl a tiny little bit. It starts to get unnecessarily icky, in terms of a judgment on a film about its chances in terms of an award ceremony. We can be excited by it and it can be a privilege to be there, but when it starts to turn into a Miss America beauty contest, that stuff starts to give you a sour taste. Like, hmm, this doesn't feel right to me, the way people are talking about someone's work.
QuoteI grew up in the Valley in the '90s and 2000s, and I have to admit I have a fondness for it, but I didn't love growing up there. After I saw the film, I was immediately Googling all the locations to place them in my mind. Tail O' the Cock is now a mall with the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and the Western Bagel right where I went to high school. Where do you see the connection between the old and new Valley?Well, every generation has something that connects them to the past, right? I'm 51 years old. Look, let me put it to you this way. I lived in Studio City. The woman that lived across the street from me, who was an older woman, was named Mary Brian. Mary Brian was in silent movies. As a 7, 8 year old, I would get cookies from my next-door neighbor who was a silent movie actress named Mary Brian, whose husband had already died. And her husband was George Tomasini, who was Alfred Hitchcock's editor. I grew up in Studio City in a quiet suburban neighborhood, but across the street from an 80-year-old woman who had been in silent movies. So I've touched the deep past. Now here I come along, and I'm going to make a film about my childhood. And it's remembering the Tail O' the Cock at Coldwater and Ventura, which to you is the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and the gas station. It's funny.