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There's A Big Unknown About Putting The Female Body In Combat

As I’m working on a couple film projects that feature female combat soldiers and Marines, I came across this really fascinating article. Among the interviewees is a female combat veteran who discusses the physical toll on the female body caused by long-term deployment in a combat zone (not short term, as experienced by the group of women who successfully passed Marine Combat Training back in November).

"I once had a dream, or a vision, and I imagined that dream to be of importance to other people, so I wrote the manuscript and made the film. But it is not until the moment when my dream meets with your emotions and your minds that my shadows come to life. It is your recognition that brings them to life. It is you indifference that kills them. I hope that you will understand; that you when you leave the cinema will take with you an experience or a sudden thought—or maybe a question. The efforts of my friends and myself have then not been in vain…" — Ingmar Bergman

(Source: strangewood)


Pete Backalis: I done a lot of things but I never killed nobody…Gonna stay drunk for a long time…don’t know what I’m gonna say to God when my time comes. He’s got a big heart, I’m told, but He don’t like–
Willie Garza: [knocks him over the head] Thought you were off the liquor. Liquor is bad. Weakens your character. How can a man like me trust a liar like you? I can’t.

The moment Chief Brody changes.

Yeah, yeah, I know… two Spielberg-related links in two weeks. But I just stumbled upon this old insightful post from The Kid at the excellent The Kid In The Front Row Film Blog, about the sequence where Chief Brody fully understands the situation he’s in, finally feels the weight of it on his conscience, and makes the decision to risk all to get the shark. 

I’ve studied Jaws and have long been a fan of this particularly nuanced sequence, but it was something else that was reiterated for me while reading The Kid’s post: the best, most effective horror films (and every film) are ALL ABOUT CHARACTER and FINELY TUNED, HONEST PERFORMANCES.

There’s so much crap out there today with hack’n’slash torture porn movies that it’s nice to be reminded that true craftsmanship still sells in this age. 

Anticipating The Counselor.

I remember the first time I saw Blade Runner as a kid. It was on TV, on a Saturday afternoon in summer, and I was both transfixed and transformed. It was during a period of time when they would air it a few times a month. Remember KCOP, L.A. people? I would search through the TV Guide just to see when it would air again. And it wasn’t even the director’s cut, but the voiceover version. I definitely didn’t get most of the philosophy and allegory in Blade Runner back then, but Mr. Scott made me feel it. 

Star Wars is what showed me I needed to make films, but it was Blade Runner that showed me the incredible depth and artistry you can achieve with a science fiction film. 

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