If I see my films described as 'quirky' or, even worse, 'snarky' one more time, I'm going to probably seriously consider an early retirement. All these years, I've labored under the conceit that they were "darkly humorous.'
One of the reasons I did 'Louie Bluie' and 'Crumb' with Criterion was because I like a lot of their older French films. That's the only reason. I watch these films by Jacques Becker and Jean-Pierre Melville. 'Touchez Pas Au Grisbi,' stuff like that. I'm always trying to turn people on to those films. For some reason, I find those very strong.
It makes it difficult to decide which to go see, since no film about say, some tragic genocide in Africa is going to get a bad review even if it's poorly made.
The films I want to make, I really want to be passionate about.