A medium is defined by who has the vision. Film is a director’s medium. His or hers is the vision the entire production is looking to execute. In TV, it’s the showrunner. In literature, it’s the author and in magazines it’s the editor.

Whose vision is being executed in Marvel’s films? Not the directors’. Joss Whedon has spoken often of the fact that when he signed on to do The Avengers, they had certain elements set in stone: Loki was the Big Bad; Cap, Thor and Iron Man would have a big battle in the woods; there would be a big Helicarrier fight; and the Battle of New York. These were immutable. When Anthony and Joe Russo boarded Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was made clear to them that SHIELD would be disbanded by film’s end. Traditionally, directors don’t get dictated to in such a manner. Because once a director is hired to make a movie, everyone involved realizes it becomes the director’s movie.

No, the vision that’s being executed belongs to Kevin Feige, the executive producer of these films and the face of Marvel Studios. And if we look at our handy taxonomy of vision, when a producer is calling the shots, you’re dealing with, for all intents and purposes, a television show.

Marvel isn’t making movies — it’s making a massive TV series, with episodes that cost around $200 million, and there’s no end in sight.

—  Marc Bernadin, “Surprise, the Marvel Universe is one really big TV show.”  
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A sharp word, said by say a person who has a temper, if their’ close to me, hurts me for days.

Sometimes it’s easy to look at great directors as some kind of giants with steel armor of creative vision. It’s easy to forget that they are just as human as most of us.

"We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."

Dead Poets Society (1989) dir. Peter Weir

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I have known a number of people in my life that refused to give “Hard Boiled” a go. It’s usually because they like the action but don’t like the Hong Kong style of plotting and character development.
It’s a shame really because they miss out on what is easily the single greatest action finale of all time. The entire hospital scene is amazing and the single take shootouts perfectly done.

I’d say it’s John Woo’s finest cinematic moment and I’m a fan of Woo’s, bar that fucking horrendous Ben Affleck film he did.

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