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Ann Arbor, MI

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October 31, 2011

Who are your favorite filmmakers?

I don't know enough now to pick and choose but I do like Terrance Malick a lot. I really liked The Tree of Life and wrote a paper once based in part on the The Thin Red Line. The stream of consciousness narrative is quite interesting I think.

What are some of your favorite movies?

This is another one I will have to work on. The first fav that always comes to mind is Harold and Maude but there have been so many after that. I just discovered shorts and those are quite a lot of fun. I have a special place for the biopic and generally try to catch all of those. I like art films esp when they are about artists. Oh yes, love great cinematography Out of Africa, Gandhi, Schindler's list, Australia etc. Loved Big Sur, Salinger, Across the Universe, Hannah Arendt, Our Nixon, Best of Enemies, Under Fire, Year of Living Dangerously, Of Gods and Men, and similar movies. Odd movies such as The Lobster. Classics like "Stormy Weather" "The Day the Earth Stood Still". Some noir like "Shanghai", Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. "Tomorrowland" and "Hugo" and other kids stuff like Star Wars and some super hero stuff as long as it is in 3D and IMAX.

What lessons could the Hollywood studios learn from independent or foreign filmmakers?

Gee another question that requires some thought. I can't save and go back at this point so I will at least make one comment that technical flash is not always the best. Recently, there was a short which was an entry in the Manhattan film festival out of Latin America. It was about a doctor who was a part time cabbie. He had a run in with a professor who was a part time swindler. This brief movie, sans flash and not the most visually exciting, made a deep impression about the way things are in other areas of the world. Americans need to unbox themselves and join the human race sometimes to really be creative.


Hello, I'm an AnnArborite for the past 7 years and have been enjoying film most of my life. Perhaps I picked up the bug from a grandfather who owned a movie theater in a small town in PA some years after the talkies came in.

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