At the beginning of the summer we told you how this year our theme was Summer Appreciation, hence the Our Favorite Summers series and our very cool director's series. Our intention was to speak to as many directors with films coming out during the summer and not only chat about their particular movie, but the summer movie season in general. What were some of their favorite summer moviegoing experiences, or favorite summer movies, etc ...
Though we're still not done shoveling out all those interviews, we wanted to drop in with a little recap of the ones we've already conducted in case you're looking for something to browse through this weekend as we segue into the last month of the summer, August. Links to all our special summertime director interviews below, along with some choice quotes.
McG, Terminator Salvation
"Raiders. That was a time when I would characterize the big movies as the best movies, and so rarely is that the case. That was the case last summer with Iron Man and The Dark Knight, which were the biggest movies of the year and arguably the best movies of the year. So I would welcome that sort of summer moviemaking coming back, and I'm a child of [Star Wars] Episodes IV, V and VI, and that's just where my head is. Those are the seminal moments of my life."
Pete Docter, Up
"I kind of look at it as everybody at the studio has a really unique set of skills. Like, if I was building a house, for example, I could probably do it myself to some degree, or at least teach myself, but why not get the greatest craftsmanship that I possibly could for every part of that house?"
Sam Raimi, Drag Me to Hell
"The point to make it in the first place is to make a horror story – to entertain, thrill and scare the bejeezus out of the audience, if I can, and make them jump and shout, and if I can, make them have a good laugh too."
Much more after the jump
Rian Johnson, The Brothers Bloom
"Looper is still part of the learning curve in order to get to the point where I can do a talking monkey movie, that's kind of the apex. And then I'll do my talking monkey movie and you'll never hear from me again."
Todd Phillps, The Hangover
"I think comedy directors tend to feel a need to justify the bad behavior, and I just never think that. I like bad behavior, I've always liked bad behavior, I'm a fan of bad behavior, and I don't think you have to justify bad behavior (laughs)."
Sam Mendes, Away We Go
"My only real recollection of it is the summer American Beauty came out, a couple of months before, The Sixth Sense came out. That was one of the great summer movies, because I remember it was the only time that a movie went up in its second week, and it was on the same number of screens! It was just like, holy sh*t, that's a good movie."
Brad Silberling, Land of the Lost
"It was June 5, 1975 the first showing at 11:30 in the morning at Century City, California of Jaws. I went to the very first showing of the movie on its opening day; my father was working upstairs in an office in Century City at the time, and I begged him to take me to work that day so I could get dropped off at the movie theater. I was 11, and ten minutes in, I didn't know if I was going to make it. I was so freaked out by that movie ..."
Duncan Jones, Moon
"I remember cracking open my head at Flash Gordon when I was a kid. I got so excited after the film -- I was pretty young -- I got so excited that I was jumping around and hit a metal bar, so that will stick with me. [laughs] I love big summer popcorn films, I enjoy that. I enjoyed Star Trek this year and I know I'm going to enjoy Avatar when that comes out later on this year... Lots of summer films have had a big impact on me."
Harold Ramis, Year One
"Truthfully, I've never been driven by any commercial concern. I want my work to be popular, and ideally I want it to be profitable for the people who invest in it, but I've never been able to do anything that I couldn't believe in in a bigger sense. If it's something I'm given, I have to find something that feels important to me, that it touch on some area of human life or experience that is meaningful."
Anne Fletcher, The Proposal
"You know, it's funny, but I have this generalization, it's completely general, but I really believe in my soul that men quote and women don't. Women will experience a movie on a totally different level, generally speaking, and they'll go, "I loved that movie" or "I didn't like that movie" and that will always stay on them, but they won't remember a single quote. And men will experience a movie in an entirely cerebral way and be able to quote lines 50 years from now – and they connect with each other through them."
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
"The opportunity to get it right ... I think that demanded a sort of creative freedom and lack of compromise."
Stephen Frears, Cheri
"Yes, I like the writer to be on set. All you're doing is making a film. You're not engaged in some sort of struggle with them. Anyway, I come from a writer's theater, and I've always grown up around writers, and thought they were generally smart."
Marc Webb, 500 Days of Summer
"Boy, when I was a kid I loved Cannonball Run. I was so into that movie. But you know what I remember when I was a real little kid? My parents took me to a drive-in with Sword and the Sorcerer, and I was like so amazed. I might get chastised for this, but I really liked Armageddon. I know it's weird to say, but it's true; I was a sucker for that movie."
Robert Rodriguez, Shorts
"My second son loves movie making, the one who did Shark Boy and Lava Girl. My third son, he came up with Shorts. He loves to act. He is in the movie. He loves acting. He is in Grindhouse also. He was in Shark Boy. But he wants to be a marine biologist. But he does love working on the movies. He misses being on the set. But that is the family business. He will do that until he is old enough to get his own job. [laughs] It is kind of like when you work for your dad until you're 16 and then you go get a real job. That is what he is doing. He is biding his time."