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Shekhar Kapur

Knowledge, argues Shekhar Kapur, stops wisdom, and the best way to get past it is to get panicked. It’s an unconventional view, perhaps, but the director of Elizabeth and its sequel The Golden Age makes a convincing case for “getting rid of your mind”. A little more philosophical and mystical than, say, Cameron’s story (although not as different as you might think), Kapur also notes the infinite scale of the universe and the importance of stories in finding our place in it. “We are the stories we tell ourselves,” as he puts it. Not that it’s all high-falutin’; Kapur also cracks some jokes about what he’s learned in Hollywood (executives are apparently suspicious of both subtext and dancing). Any speech that mixes Einstein, Alexander the Great, Queen Elizabeth and Cate Blanchett is a winner in our book.

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1 You can talk the talk...
You've got to give credit to Cameron for having the cojones to not only talk passionately about his love for marine exploration but to risk his fortune and life to pursue it. Goes way beyond "big boy's toys" and into the realms of genuinely inspiring. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environ ment-17013038 More

Posted by kevtiggersmith on Tuesday March 20, 2012, 13:43

2 While Cameron is good, Scott is EPIC
Both directors are in a class by themselves, but if I had to choose between them when I want to watch Sci-fi; I would pick Ridley Scott for sure! More

Posted by mondain on Thursday March 15, 2012, 17:17

3 Come back JC
I wish James Cameron would make more movies. And more non-sci-fi ones too. I'd love to see his take on World War II. More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday March 14, 2012, 21:34

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The James Cameron one is really interesting - and I have to apologize to him! I was one of those people who would have a go at him for thinking he just sat back for 12 years while he waited to make Avatar, but it sounds like he was just taking some time to do what he loves. I respect that. Sorry, James. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday March 9, 2012, 11:41

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The James Cameron one is really interesting - and I have to apologize to him! I was one of those people who would have a go at him for thinking he just sat back for 12 years while he waited to make Avatar, but it sounds like he was just taking some time to do what he loves. I respect that. Sorry, James. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday March 9, 2012, 11:23

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