Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey
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Only Ayoade can appreciate Ayoade's unique methodology. Only Ayoade can recognize Ayoade's talent. Only Ayoade can withstand Ayoade's peculiar scent. Only Ayoade can truly get inside Ayoade.
Ayoade on Ayoade captures the director in his own words: pompous, vain, angry, and very, very funny.
know … no one really likes The Rocky Horror Picture Show …?!? Did you know … Sean Connery turned down Dustin Hoffman’s part in Straw Dogs because the lead character wasn’t sufficiently sexist …?!? Did you know … James Cameron’s Avatar is the only film whose entire plotline is listed in the ‘goofs’ section of IMDB …?!? Did you know … The Great Escape was originally about landscape gardening …?!?§ Did you know … the original Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz suffered from painful and sudden
smashed Twiglets. But then it cut to his face and he looked so tired, man. He needs a lie-in. But who am I to say – I’m always up for the dawn, motherfuckers!!!! Ayoade’s Famous Card-File System I’ll let Ayoade introduce this one … From an early age I’ve kept a card file on every film I’ve ever seen. I write a brief summary followed by my critical response. When I rewatch the film, I’ll update the entry with fresh impressions. How do I feel about the film now? Has it changed at all? If so,
window. But for a brief moment, at around 2.00 a.m. if you could still stand, you were vibrant. Like a fully mature stag glistening with dew, fresh from the chase, flanks pulsing with glorious majesty. And if we were filming at that moment, I was one happy half-Norwegian. Which brings me to the good news: Your performance as ‘Angry Tramp’ is peerless. You brought nuance and truth to a role that, in less masterful hands, might have flirted with cliché. But you made him sing. Literally, in
or head lice, Ayoades are capable of experiencing basic emotions such as shame and fear. If you encounter one, especially in confined spaces like Costa Coffee, gently encourage him away from you with a rolled-up newspaper. † Let me surpass the clarity of crystal: I’m flat-out opposed to having a subtitle at all. Especially for this book. It would be like appending ‘How This One Goddam Kid Couldn’t Even Apply Himself for Chrissakes’ to The Catcher in the Rye. But we have one. And this
AYOADE I was pretty angry about the ’91 Gulf campaign. I did what I could, but I lacked a governmental mandate. Not for lack of trying, though. AYOADE Let’s change tack. How did you come up with the idea for Beetlejuice? AYOADE That was Tim Burton. AYOADE Oh. Do you like Tim Burton? AYOADE Yeah, he’s okay. I don’t know if he came up with it or just directed it. AYOADE Good … I make a note in my Emily Brontë-themed journal. AYOADE You’re going to write that down? AYOADE Yes. Is that okay? AYOADE