Life in Hollywood, below-the-line

Life in Hollywood, below-the-line
Work gloves at the end of the 2006/2007 television season (photo by Richard Blair)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Just for the Hell of It


                                     Quote of the Week

Every now and then I'll stumble across an item that -- for whatever reason -- strikes a resonant chord.  I try to incorporate such items into a relevant post whenever possible, but that doesn't always work out. Rather than allow such a tasty nugget to drift through the trackless wasteland of cyberspace, I'll shine a light on it with an occasional mid-week post… just for the Hell of it.

This week's offering comes from Mick LaSalle, film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, discussing the tension between action and intelligence in movies:

“Intelligent action movies almost always get punished.  They’re caught in a zone between critics, who understandably are not in love with action generically, and the action-movie audience, which tend not to be in love with intelligence.  So critics sit there thinking “Why do I have to suffer through another one of these?” -- while the audience thinks, “Five minutes have gone by, and nothing’s blown up.  I want my money back.”

Indeed.  Nicely put, Mick.

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