Movies appeal to different people for different reasons; why we like or dislike a particular movie is hard to explain – as the reason why art appeals to us requires a complex and organic explanation. Due to this, I may have a different favourite sci-fi movie compared to somebody else, and so on…
Below, I have listed common questions that I get asked when the topic of movies comes up…
Your favourite movie?
A Clockwork Orange. There’s something oddly quite charming and magical about this movie: it has a distinctive style and a grace to it, it is dreamlike and nightmarish, its landscape and set-design is arresting and its language is as poetic as a Shakepearean sonnet. It melds together the comic and the disturbing so perfectly. It is well-directed, well-acted, and has one of the most gripping plots in cinema history. Its music adds to its intense cinematic force. It’s just a very good movie.
There’s so much more, but to put it simply: it’s faultless.
Your least favourite movie?
Too many to choose from…Sex and the City was utterly vomit-inducing trash, Terminator is just over the top, clichéd, predictable – and dare I say it – boring.
A movie you really wanted to like?
David Lynch’s Blue Velvet is one. I heard so much about it, and it seems disastrously overrated to me. It’s so utterly disturbing, but it just felt like it went nowhere and didn’t make a point. Those scissors were used for no apparent reason…
Your favourite sci-fi?
2001: A Space Odyssey. Visual. Mind-blowing. Perhaps pretentious, but it’s good pretentious. A work of art to say the least.
Your favourite action film?
Your favourite romance film?
Brokeback Mountain. A painful movie, stabs you in the gut and hits you where it hurts. Next to that…When Harry Met Sally.
Your favourite horror movie?
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre – it’s brutal, atmospheric, and doesn’t rely on cheapo gore-tactics to scare the shit out of you.
Your favourite comedy film?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
A movie that you don’t understand no matter how many times you watch it…
Sod Donnie Darko. Mulholland Drive is the biggest mind-fuck ever made.
Your favourite director?
Stanley Kubrick…man’s a genius. Next to him…Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher and Christopher Nolan.
Your least favourite director?
James Cameron and Michael Bay. I could slap both of them…repeatedly.
Favourite movie scene/moment?
Right, I’m gonna fan-boy here…*scratches head*…
Ermmmm…The opening scene and the brainwashing scene in A Clockwork Orange, the ‘stargate sequence’ in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The section in Hot Fuzz where they’re in Summerfields and just defend themselves with knives! The Russian roulette scenes in The Deer Hunter. The opening sequence in The Social Network. The scene in The King’s Speech where Colin Firth just starts babbling out swear-words. Virtually every scene in my new guilty pleasure Johnny English: Reborn and…gahh – too many!
Most intriguing movie you’ve ever seen?
Bedknobs and Broomsticks!
My favourite quote is from the most quotable movie ever: Pulp Fiction.
“I just shot Marvin in the face!”
A movie that makes you shed some ‘man-tears’?
Erm…there’s a really good indie film about racial prejudice called Freedom Writors which makes me cry, and The Shawshank Redemption works every time.
Jack Nicholson, Ian McKellen…too many to name!
Meryl Streep, Julie Walters…pah! – loads…
Most pretentious movie you’ve ever seen?
A History of Violence.
Most overrated movie?
I daren’t say in fear that every film-buff in England will brutally kill me…with axes.
Movie you last saw at the cinema?
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – an excellent film, pure Fincher. It’s disturbing, brutal and beautifully complex.
Favourite black ‘n white film?
Sod Citizen Kane. Watch 12 Angry Men.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Commando…it’s so bad it’s good.
And on that note…this blog post is over.