What I saw in Robin Williams was something so indicative of the struggle to offer the world what one with crippling mental anguish simply cannot offer themselves: the incandescent love, joy, and empathy required for harmony and understanding to exist.

I read, “Softness is not weakness. It takes courage to stay delicate in a world this cruel.”

I appreciate Robin Williams for his delicacy in this place, and for what he represented in comedy and in life. If only he and we could offer to himself and ourselves what we love to give to others: a smile, and a reprieve.

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28 Jul 14 at 4 pm Here’s how I know I’ll never be as good as him.

cinephiliabeyond:

Storyboards drawn up by an 11-year-old Martin Scorsese for The Eternal City, an imaginary widescreen Roman epic he dreamed of making. His cast included Marlon Brando, Virginia Mayo, Alec Guinness, and Richard Burton, courtesy of Old Hollywood.

One full-page illustration underlines the obsessive cinephilia that characterised Scorsese, even as a child. It is an intricately drawn and calligraphed set of images for The Eternal City, an imaginary widescreen epic that Scorsese dreamed of making as an 11-year-old. “A fictitious story of Royalty in Ancient Rome” is how he characterises it. The storyboard images are very carefully drawn and coloured in. It is striking that he has given himself a bigger credit as producer-director than any of the stars (who include Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Virginia Mayo and Alec Guinness.) —Martin Scorsese: You talkin’ to me?

Many of the greatest film directors began their careers as graphic designers, painters, or illustrators, but aside from the few established artist-directors such as Derek Jarman and Jean Cocteau, little is known of their creative work outside the medium of film. For the first time, film writer Karl French presents the exciting, diverse artwork of over 20 international directors, offering a fascinating new perspective on their work. Recent exhibitions on the subject prove that the time is ripe for a book that explores this exciting crossover of film and art.

How art inspires film directors Christopher Nolan, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach

Includes gems like Alfred Hitchcock’s atmospheric storyboards for The 39 Steps, Charlie Chaplin’s sketches, Martin Scorsese’s storyboards for the final shootout scene in his iconic 1976 film Taxi Driver, Akira Kurosawa’s painted storyboards for Ran, and John Huston’s luminous paintings. An iconic film still accompanies the artwork of each director. Unfortunately, Art by Film Directors  is now out-of-print. A few remaining copies can be found at Amazon & AbeBooks.

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23 Jul 14 at 11 pm

[NEW VIDEO] “Handsome Boy” | Prologue to a Short Film | By @AustinVesely

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22 Jul 14 at 1 am

nevver:

Short stories, Matt Henry

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20 Jul 14 at 1 pm

"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind."

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15 Jul 14 at 11 pm Ah HA! Tricked these dumbass animals into taking selfies. YOU’RE NOT BETTER THAN US, YOU VAIN MONKEY

nevver:

Animal selfies at camera traps

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14 Jul 14 at 3 pm

Woody Guthrie (via nevver)

"California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see,
But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot
If you ain’t got the do re mi"

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03 Jul 14 at 7 pm

(Source: g-e-tal-i-f-e, via ohhhkat)

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21 Jun 14 at 4 pm

John Cassavetes

"I’m taking a gamble making the film. I don’t have any money. I just go to the bank and borrow it. And hope. But what isn’t risky about movies? It’s always risky when it’s original… It’s a very dangerous territory to be in where you can only make a film if your grosses reflect a large gross. I’ve been making films for twenty-five years and none of them has really made a lot of money. But there’s nobody in the world who can tell me we didn’t succeed. And that’s the greatest feeling that I’ve ever had in my life. The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things — but above all we must dare to fail. You must be willing to risk everything to really express it all."

"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
Nancy Sinatra
How Does That Grab You?
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