The puritan impulse teaches us that every eccentricity is a weapon that threatens the state and that threatens oneself. [John] Waters’s oeuvre up to this point teaches that every eccentricity is absolutely a weapon that threatens the state but also a means of ennobling and even saving oneself.
“’Hitchhiking is always an adventure,’ [John] Waters says. ‘It’s always a little bit sexual, it’s always a little bit scary, and always you’re going to meet somebody, and it’s a fair trade of trust, I think, to get in someone’s car you don’t know and for them to let you in. I believe in the goodness of people. The hitchhiker in the [Texas] Chainsaw Massacre with a birthmark, I thought he was cute. I don’t have normal taste. I’d pick him up in a second.’”
"Greatness and beauty. Sorrentino — a Naples-born university drop-out who made his first feature film when he was 31, and who at 43 won last year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar — is himself obsessed with these two driving forces of life: his most recent film is in fact called The Great Beauty. And, as Lang’s words imply, Sorrentino is interested in churning up the strange and unexpected ways that beauty and greatness are achieved, discovered, expressed. His films are filled, for example, with close-ups of faces—sagging, leathery faces, often caked on with makeup and lit brightly — aging, lumpy bodies, baldness and bifocals, bad teeth and stubby hands.”
Sonya Chung, “Paolo Sorrentino: Old is Young, and Late is Late”
Watching your book be adapted into a film can be a challenge for an author. At Vulture, John Green discusses his involvement in The Fault in Our Stars adaptation, which he has nothing but positive things to say about. “It was a joke on the movie that I cried every day. But I cried every day because they were good every day!” The film’s full trailer was released this week, and in case you still haven’t read the novel, here’s our review.
The Big Friendly Giant is coming to the big screen. Steven Spielberg will direct a live adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book The BFG about a little girl and a friendly giant trying to stop his friends from eating children. If you had any doubt that Spielberg could bring sympathy to a mythical creature, he’ll be pairing up with E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison again.