For those of us who've been here since The Playlist was a rinky-dink little blogspot, it's pretty exciting that, as we've grown along with our faithful readers, we've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk more and more to the actors, writers and directors of the films we love. And 2012 was certainly our biggest year ever. Both as regular business and as part of the festival circuit (we were at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Karlovy Vary, Cannes, LAFF, NYFC, TIFF, Venice, Marrakech, London
and more), we managed to talk to dozens and dozens filmmakers and performers.
So, as things start to wind down for 2012, we've picked out some highlights from those interviews (as well as a couple of key quotes that made headlines from other outlets), and you can find them, and links to our interviews, below. From Spike Lee
and Steven Soderbergh
to Christopher Nolan
and Sam Mendes
, we've had some heavy hitters talking into our recorders this year, and below are some of the most memorable moments from those chats and much more. Let us know which is your own favorite in the comments section below.
"Three months after it's started nobody's going to give a shit. The world will move on and the business will move on and nobody will care."
Steven Soderbergh, on his upcoming retirement
"I felt icky, disgusted, and thought 'I'm not touching that, it's just gross." - Matthew McConaughey on the first time he read "Killer Joe."
"Black audiences like anything that speaks to their community. I think it's a mistake to assume that just because the film doesn't have Big Fat Mommas in it laughing and giggling, and, you know, slap happy jokes, that black audiences won't flock to it.
James McBride, the co-writer of Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer"
"I felt icky, disgusted, and thought 'I'm not touching that, it's just gross'. And then I forget who I talked to, they were like 'No, dude, it's totally hilarious, what are you talking about?' So I sat back down the next day and read it. It matters when you read, just like it matters when you go see a movie. And then I understood the story a little better, and I had my laughs, which helped me understand it tonally better."
Matthew McConaughey on the first time he read "Killer Joe"
"I hate watching myself. I hate most people and most actors, I hate myself even more."
"Submarine" and "Comes A Bright Day" star Craig Roberts
"And now it’s pro-torture, which is preposterous. The point was to immerse the audience in this landscape, not to pretend to debate policy. Was it difficult to shoot? Yes. Do I wish [torture] was not part of that history? Yes, but it was.” -- Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal shoot down the ridiculous claims that "Zero Dark Thirty" is a "pro-torture" film.
"In L.A. you're always living and dying by what's happening with everyone's movies and shit. But most people on the planet just don't care. They're just like 'Oh, I think I saw that. 'Sarah Marshall'? Oh yeah that's that movie with like, what's that, Seth Rogen?' And that's the correct and healthy attitude to have about that stuff.”
"The Five-Year Engagement" director Nick Stoller, on maintaining some perspective
“I feel like my obituary is going to read 'Mr. Solondz collapsed on the third day of shooting,' ”
"Dark Horse" helmer Todd Solondz, predicting his own demise
"[The characters] are just very, very messy human beings kind of muddling their way through the most complicated thing you can muddle through, which is romantic love. I think it’s a bit of a disaster zone for all of us. I think we’re all at our best, and at our worst when we’re dealing with being in love or being in a long term relationship. We’re at our most embarrassing and ugly and interesting and dynamic. So I feel like any response to the film is really legitimate.”
Sarah Polley, writer/director of "Take This Waltz"
"I don't like directing. I only direct my own screenplays because there's no other way to protect them. Along the way I've become interested in directing, but I started out doing it to protect the work.”
Kenneth Lonergan, on "Margaret"
"I always say to writers, ‘Don’t worry about writing roles for women, just write it as a man and give it a woman’s name. Let us do the rest.’ ”
Helen Mirren, on how to write great female roles