I decided it was time to make a movie where people felt better coming out of the theater than when they went in. It had become depressing to go to the movies.
By: George Lucas
George Lucas said this as part of a speech at the time he made the film American Graffiti. Journalist Maureen Dowd used the quote as an example of how filmmakers of the 1970's and 80's rebelled against the heavy themes of movies made during the 1960's with lighter, grander cinema.
I don’t have to leave the theater whistling, but would it kill you once in a while to make a movie that doesn’t make me want to take a bath with the toaster. Academy nominations used to say, 'Look what great movies we make.' Now they say, 'Look what good people we are.' It’s not about entertainment, it’s about suffering, specifically yours.
By: Bill Maher
From: Real Time with Bill Maher
Bill Maher made the point on his show Real Time with Bill Maher, that we could use more escapism in movies during this year of plague and tumult. The statement was discussed in an article about cultural shifts in the art of moviemaking and the shrinking audience of The Academy Awards by Maureen Dowd.
Season 4, Episode 26: An android capable of human emotions is damaged and escapes the laboratory of the company that created him in a fit of rage. The robot, a model Mac 27, kidnaps a secretary during his escape to assist him in making his own repairs to his body. The woman begins to develop feelings for him and attempts to convince the Mac 27 that he is more than the sum of his parts.
But things aren't all that they seem and because of his anger at the betrayal, the android decides that all humans are his enemy, leading to a catastrophic rebellion.
This quote is by the narrator at the end of the episode.
What happened at the end was that the studios had taken over everything. And it was very difficult as an independent to compete with them. They could spend so much money that the stars you had access to as an independent were asking a mega amount money. They knew you had no choice. It became harder and harder and harder.
By: James Glickenhaus
In a 2012 interview about his movie career, filmmaker James Glickenhaus explained his reasons for retiring from the movie business.
I've known and admired Michael and Lloyd for years. They are real film guys and Troma is an iconic brand. I'm proud of the films I've made and distributed over the years and am very happy that Troma will keep them in front of fans worldwide.
By: James Glickenhaus
Filmmaker James Glickenhaus on his 2021 deal with Troma Films to exclusively distribute his library of cult classic films including Maniac Cop, Frankenhooker, Basket Case 2 and 3, The Exterminator, Shakedown, McBain, Red Scorpion and more.
Harry Callahan: Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard - that's my policy.
The Mayor: Intent? How'd you establish that?
Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through a dark alley with a butcher knife and a hard on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross. (Leaves the room)
The Mayor: I think he's got a point.
By: Clint Eastwood
| John Vernon
Characters: 'Dirty' Harry Callahan
From: Dirty Harry
| Cult Cinema
The Mayor of San Francisco is outlining new guidelines that his office will be implementing for the City's police department. Harry Callahan explains his experience on the street.
Taffin, after kidnapping and beating up a thug that's working for a shady developer, offers him a chance to escape by holding up his own rifle between them, implying the man might be able to grab the weapon and overpower Taffin.
Taffin, an Irish tough-guy debt collector, has been asked by his local community to help rid the town of shady developers bent on building a chemical plant on the outskirts of town. He reluctantly agrees with this warning.
Taffin is implying to his girlfriend Charlotte that he will break up with her if she continues to criticize his lifestyle and decisions.
Charlotte: What did they teach you in that Seminary?
Mark Taffin: That Priests don't change things... only people do.
Taffin (Pierce Brosnan) explains to his girlfriend Charlotte (Alison Doody) why he dropped out of Seminary school.
From the Season 4, Episode 4 episode "In Another Life," which originally aired on February 16, 1998.
Season 3, Episode 4, "Last Supper," which originally aired on January 31, 1997. This was the ending quote by the show's Narrator (Kevin Conway), after an episode that centered on the girlfriend (Sandrine Holt) of a young man in college (Fred Savage). When the student brings his new love interest home to meet his parents, his father (Peter Onorati) recognizes her as the same woman he rescued from cruel experiments when he was a private in the army 20 years prior. He also had an affair with the woman after the rescue.
Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion. She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.
I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us. We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences and systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.
I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.
Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirt is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
By: Serena Williams
Serena Williams took to Twitter to show support for Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, who, along with her husband Prince Harry, participated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The revealing interview unveiled deep turmoil in the royal family. The interview, dubbed "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special," aired on Sunday, March 7th, 2021.
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