Journalist Masha Gessen looks at Pussy Riot’s arrest and the recent release of two members of the band. She also discusses Vladimir Putin as a leader, gay rights in Russia, and the lead up to the Olympics in Sochi. She’s the author of Words will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.
If you’re wondering what to vote for in our 301 poll, take a little inspiration from some of Hollywood’s biggest names. A little while back we asked some of the best writers, directors and stars in the business about the films that they loved, and received answers that are eloquent, funny and thought-provoking. So step this way to learn about the films that motivate people like Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Joss Whedon, Harrison Ford, Will Smith and many more…
“Never compromise excellence. To write for someone else is the biggest mistake that any writer makes. You should be your biggest competitor, your biggest critic, your biggest fan, because you don’t know what anybody else thinks. How arrogant it is to assume that you know the market, that you know what’s popular today – only Steven Spielberg knows what’s popular today. Only Steven Spielberg will ever know what’s popular. So leave it to him. He’s the only one in the history of man who has ever figured that out. Write what you want to see. Because if you don’t, you’re not going to have any true passion in it, and it’s not going to be done with any true artistry.”—John Milius (via tyrannosaurpaddock)
“AND THE PROBLEM IS THAT WITH THE “M’LADY’S” IT’S NOT COMING FROM A PLACE OF CONFIDENCE. WHEN YOU ARE NICE, AS IN WHEN YOU ARE NICE WHEN YOU DO IT BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD (AND NOT SELF-LOATHING) THEN YOU ARE ACTUALLY PROJECTING THE KINDS OF VIBES THAT ARE ATTRACTIVE TO PEOPLE.
ONE OF THE WAYS HULK LIKES TO PUT IT IS “CHARACTERIZE THE WOMAN, YOU ARE BEING A “NICE GUY” TO. IS SHE INDEPENDENT? SPIRITED? CONFIDANT?” CHANCES ARE YES. SO BE THE THINGS THAT YOU FIND ATTRACTIVE. BECAUSE CHANCES ARE IF SOME POOR GIRL WAS DOING THE SAME PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE PINING THING TO YOU, YOU WOULD NOT ONLY FIND IT UNNATTRACTIVE, BUT ANNOYING. AND IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME AND GUYS NEVER SEE THE PARALLEL.”—Film Crit Hulk