film: we need to talk about kevin

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Ezra Miller as Kevin Katchadourian in We need to talk about Kevin (2011)

It’s like this: You wake up and you watch TV. Get in your car and you listen to the radio. You go to your little job or your little school, but you’re not gonna hear about that on the 6 o'clock news. Why? ‘Cause nothing is really happening. Then you go home and you watch some more TV or maybe it’s a fun night, you go out and you watch a movie. I mean, it’s got so bad that half the time the people on TV, inside the TV, they’re watching TV. And what are all these people watching? People like me.

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I think that’s true of all cinema, that’s why cinema is the great humanistic art form. Whatever the film is, it doesn’t matter what the film is about, or even whether it’s a narrative or figurative film at all, it’s an invitation to step into somebody else’s shoes. Even if it’s the filmmaker’s shoes filming a landscape, you go into somebody else’s shoes and you look out of their lens, you look out of their eyes and their imagination. That’s what going to the pictures is all about.

Happy 56th birthday Tilda Swinton (November 5, 1960)