Opening Night (John Cassavetes, 1977)
"Film is not a mission," I thought to myself at some Lightbox screening or other in the last few weeks, whereupon I’d had a thoroughly uninteresting time watching some movie I was meant to have watched because it was considered so generally significant; and amidst conversation all around me about what films in the Cronenberg series or the Coen series or the whatever-else series every one of us "should" see. "Should thinking" is the bane of human existence in all its forms, and no less so for moviegoing. Film is not a mission.
"The notion of a prescribed curriculum of cinema to which any viewer is responsible in order to consider themselves serious about the art form is merely a reflex scaffolding intended to forcibly restrain, through intellectual bullying, a person from truly apprehending the ceaselessly joyful experience of encountering cinema on one’s own terms."
Evan Rachel Wood goes off on the MPAA for deeming cunnilingus worse than seeing heads blown off. [applause]