A Life in Movies

by lit.fic.reader@evpl on Wednesday, November 26 2008, 1:52pm. Viewed 805 times.

Although it appears less frequently than the companion "A Life in Books" feature (see Books Blog),  Newsweek's "A Life in Movies" is an enjoyable glimpse into the cinematic likes and dislikes of well-known American and international film directors.  The format is very similar to that used for the books: it asks directors to name and comment on "My Five Most Important Movies"; "A Classic Film You Haven't Seen"; "A Film You Recently Revisited With Disappointment" and "A Film You Hope Parents Will Show Kids".   Featured filmmakers have included the Mexican writer/director/producer Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"); British director Danny Boyle ("Millions", "Trainspotting"); and the American documentary filmmaker Errol Morris ("Gates Of Heaven", "Standard Operating Procedure", The Thin Blue Line"). 

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gawell@evpl wrote
on Tuesday, December 30 2008, 2:21pm

"My Five Most Important Movies"

1. 2001: A Space Odessey

It offers both hope and warning about how a future

could or might be.

2. Paths of Glory

Private Ryan without the gore.

3. Amadeus

My favorite film because it has everything.

4. Some Like It Hot

Second funniest film and best punchline at the end.

"Nobody is perfect."

5. Dr. Strangelove or:How I Learned To

Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Required viewing for presidents, prime ministers,

dictators and anyone else contemplating Mass Destruction.

Peter Sellers nominated for best actor for three characters, only the British officer was close to being a lead role, his protrayals of President Merkin Muffley and Dr. Strangelove could easily have won for supporting actor.

have been supporting actor nominees

"A Classic Film You Haven't Seen"

Letter From an Unknown Woman

It's considered a quintessential "woman's picture".

"A Film You Recently Revisited With Disappointment"

The two scariest films I've seen were 'The Exorcist"

and "A Nightmare on Elm Street", neither could do it

twice. Actually 'Nightmare' was more eerie than scary.

Another eerie film revisted recently with disappointment

was "Bug". These movies rely so much on shock and surprise,

that second viewings must find some other quality to avoid

being a let down. One element lacking from some horror films is a sense of humor that might save them for repeated

viewing pleasure. "Frankenstein" is the alltime classic for me that survived several enjoying views.

"A Film You Hope Parents Will Show Kids"

To KIll a Mockingbird

Especially for kids that don't grow up in samll towns and rural areas.