Directors Please help me out guys!!! Urgent!

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  1. Lev-S

    Lev-S Second Unit

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    My brother needs to complete a movie survey for his film class so please help out for the sake of cinema!!! (Please answer them all, in order, and succinctly).

    1. Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year?

    2. Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family?

    3. Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2).

    4. What are your reasons for watching films?

    5. Favorite genre?

    6. Name five feature film directors and one movie per director.

    7. Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2.

    8. How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes.

    9. Top 5 WORST movies. * cough * DREAMCATCHER * cough *

    10. Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Brad Porter

    Brad Porter Screenwriter

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    1. Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year?

    As for the theaters, I watch about 4-5 movies in the 1st quarter to catch up on award winning movies released late the previous year; About 4-5 during the "summer movie season", just to get out of the heat; About 3-4 during the early fall when good movies start getting released again; and about 4-6 during the holiday season when the award contenders hit the screens

    So that makes it: 15-20 in theater per year + ~5-10 per month DVD + TV averages out to about 100 movies/year

    2. Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family?

    80% alone, 15% friends, 5% family

    3. Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2).

    Uhhhhhhh... I've never tried to compile a specific ordered list, but I can name ten movies I really, really like if that helps:

    Casablanca, The Sting, Rear Window, The Road Warrior, Broadcast News, Bottle Rocket, The Big Lebowski, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Goodfellas, and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    4. What are your reasons for watching films?

    90% to be entertained, 5% to be informed (watching documentaries, for example), 5% to pass the time

    5. Favorite genre?

    The sub-genre of crime thrillers that focuses on "Confidence Games" - The Sting, The Spanish Prisoner, House of Games, The Grifters, etc.

    6. Name five feature film directors and one movie per director.

    Is this part of the poll intended to compile name recognition data? I think your results will be quite skewed here at the forum. I'll list some of my favorite directorial efforts from the past ten years

    Curtis Hanson - L.A. Confidential
    Frank Darabont - The Shawshank Redemption
    Atom Egoyan - The Sweet Hereafter
    John Sayles - Lone Star
    Spike Jonze - Being John Malkovich

    7. Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2.

    In no particular order (and therefore without reasons given):
    Clint Eastwood, Cary Grant, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, and Buster Keaton

    8. How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes.

    I can't say I've really noticed many films being Canadian in origin, but I'm pretty sure The Red Violin, Cube, and Felicia's Journey were. I'd guess that about a half dozen explicitly Canadian films make it on my watch list each year, perhaps more.

    9. Top 5 WORST movies. * cough * DREAMCATCHER * cough *

    These aren't my opinion of what the most likely worst movies ever made are; they are just the movies that I want my time back from most of all. I try to avoid bad movies whenever possible:

    Happiness, Star Wars Episode I: The Phanton Menace, Volcano, Natural Born Killers, Batman & Robin

    10. Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    Spider-Man - the source material was well liked and ingrained in the Gen X psyche; a respected director (by the target audience at least) was at the helm; there wasn't much competition at the time of release; it had good word of mouth that kept the audiences coming

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding - non-threatening appealing stereotypes are presented somewhat humorously to an audience with low expectations; female audience members liked it's simultaneous messages of independence and family bonds and told their women friends to take their mates to see it; Windex bought millions of tickets to prop up their market exposure (just kidding)

    Ice Age - People needed something to do with their kids; kids like shiny, noisy things; kids will ask to see shiny and noisy things multiple times; a matinee is cheaper than a babysitter; Everybody Loves Raymond

    That's a whole lot of information for a survey... I should get a free weekend at a time share in Vegas or something. [​IMG]

    Brad
     
  3. Tim Raffey

    Tim Raffey Stunt Coordinator

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    1. Usually 25ish, lately 10 to 15ish per month.

    2. Often alone, but not exlusively.

    3. (not in order, nor likely accurate--close enough for now):
    8 1/5 (Otto e mezzo) - Balance of truth and beauty (the biggest virtues of art, to me)
    Dr. Strangelove... - Satire as a testiment to the power of expression
    Chungking Express
    Eraserhead
    Weekend
    Stalker
    Ikiru
    Close Up
    The Decalogue
    The Stars are Beautiful

    4. I have a devotion to art that some have for religion; the cinema is a nice way to combine most of them.

    5. 'Good'

    6. - Jean-Luc Godard (Elogie D'Lamour)
    - Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar)
    - Robert Longo (Johnny Mnemonic)
    - Jim Jarmusch (Down By Law)
    - Spike Jonze (Adaptation.)

    7. dk

    8. Around 40, I think: much Guy Maddin, some Egoyan, a little Lea Pool, too much Arcand, some Le Page, Villeneuve, MacDonald, Shebib, and others. Not to mention the documentaries (Allan King's, Donald Britten's, Peter Wintonick's, etc.) Come to think of it, probably closer to 50-60 (depending on the definition of 'few years').

    9. I'm most offended when a picture utterly fails to break out of the formulas. No examples, sorry.

    10. dk
     
  4. Bill McA

    Bill McA Producer

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    1. Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year?

    Theatre = approx 10
    VHS+DVD = approx 45
    TV = approx 30
    800-1,000 total per year

    2. Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family?

    Almost always alone.

    3. Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2).

    Not sure about the order, but...

    Blue Velvet - perfection at every turn, a sublime film.
    A Clockwork Orange - great filmmaking and I'm always facinated by the sociological aspect of the story.
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover
    The Tin Drum
    Blade Runner
    Breaking the Waves
    Barry Lyndon
    Eyes Wide Shut
    Eraserhead

    4. What are your reasons for watching films?

    Film is art...and to further my understanding of human behaviour. People are a big mystery to me...and the people around me just aren't that interesting.

    5. Favorite genre?

    Horror

    6. Name five feature film directors and one movie per director.

    Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange
    David Lynch, Blue Velvet
    Brian DePalma, Carrie
    Peter Greenaway, Prospero's Books
    Akira Kurosawa, Kagemusha

    7. Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2.

    Oliver Reed - not necessarily a great actor, but someone who has always appealed to me for some reason.
    Christopher Lee - again not a great actor, but someone who has always brought a certain dignity and class to his many films.
    Gena Rowlands
    Jack Nicholson
    Sal Mineo

    8. How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes.

    Shitloads!
    Rare Birds, Yellowknife, The War Bride, Waydowntown, Khaled, and many, many more.

    9. Top 5 WORST movies. * cough * DREAMCATCHER * cough *

    I Spit on Your Grave, House of Pain, Frisk, Dogma, Jaws.

    10. Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    I really have no idea why certain films perform better than others. I don't have my finger on the pulse of the nation, as most of the stuff I like performs poorly. Most of the films that become popular do so because most people are lead to believe that they don't have a choice...or they don't want a choice.
     
  5. Matt Pelham

    Matt Pelham Screenwriter

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    1. Probably 2-3 per month in theaters (more during summer) + 10-15 DVS, 0 TV. That makes about 150 total per year.

    2. Probably 50% alone, 50% with friends

    3 Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
    Taxi Driver (1976)
    Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
    Third Man, The (1949)
    Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The(2001)
    RoboCop (1987)
    Die Hard (1988)
    Thing, The (1982)
    Evil Dead, The (1982)

    4. Entertainment

    5. Horror

    6. Peter Jackson - Meet the Feebles
    Jim Jarmusch - Dead Man
    Steven Sommers - Deep Rising
    George Romero - Martin
    Chris Columbus - Home Alone

    7. Bruce Campbell - screen presence
    Kane Hodder - dialong delivery

    8. Can't recall any

    9. Troll 2
    Batman & Robin
    Fantastic Four
    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
    BattleField Earth

    10.The Ring - first genuinely scary wide release film in years
    Spider-Man - fun popcorn entertainment with likable cast.
     
  6. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    1.Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year? 4–5/month in theatres, 25/month DVD/VHS, 15/month TV. A bit over 500 a year total.


    2.Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family? Both


    3.Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2). Ten that I like and no doubt in my top 100:

    a.Citizen Kane: A great, gripping story and an awesome technical achievement.
    b.Vertigo: One of Hitchcock’s most accomplished films and the one that most requires the audience to question their own motives.
    c.Chungking Express
    d.8 1/2
    e.Wild Strawberries
    f.Ordet
    g.Playtime
    h.Seven Samurai
    i.The Gold Rush
    j.Barry Lyndon


    4.What are your reasons for watching films?: Entertainment and artistic enjoyment.


    5.Favorite genre?: None


    6.Name five feature film directors and one movie per director.

    a.Orson Welles: The Magnificent Ambersons
    b.Akira Kurosawa: Ikiru
    c.Billy Wilder: Some Like it Hot
    d.Luis Bunuel: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeois
    e.Carl Dreyer: The Passion of Joan of Arc


    7.Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2. As with films I can only name 5 that I admire out of hundereds:

    a.Marlon Brando: Brought an energy to film that had not been seen before. Many performances that defined the art.
    b.Jeanne Moreau: She can do and has done everything.
    c.Peter Sellers
    d.Lillian Gish
    e.Bette Davis


    8.How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes. No idea but several: Dead Ringers and The Fast Runner coming immediately to mind.


    9.Top 5 WORST movies. * cough * DREAMCATCHER * cough * No idea—I try not to watch movies that I won’t like.


    10.Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    a.Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: impossible for it to fail—a follow on to the very successful first installment—an action and adventure film made from books treasured by the literati.
    b.Bowling for Columbine: a documentary on one of America’s most controversial subjects made by one of America’s most controversial filmmakers. And very funny to boot.
    c.Y tu mama tambien: a classic road trip film combined with a coming of age story and plenty of steamy sex.
     
  7. Angelo.M

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    1. Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year?

    Per month: 0-1 per month in theaters, 0-1 per month on VHS, 10-15 per month on DVD. Approximately 150-200 per year total.

    2. Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family?

    With friends and family.

    3. Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2).

    Ask me tomorrow and you'll get a different set of 10...

    Seven Samurai: men moving beyond their limitations to be/do something great
    Unforgiven: ditto
    Raise the Red Lantern
    Miller's Crossing
    The Usual Suspects
    The Godfather
    Glengarry Glen Ross
    Blade Runner
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Zelig

    4. What are your reasons for watching films?

    To be entertained. To understand someone else's perspective on life.

    5. Favorite genre?

    None.

    6. Name five feature film directors and one movie per director.

    Woody Allen, Manhattan.
    Martin Scorsese, GoodFellas.
    David Fincher, Seven.
    John Hughes, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
    Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous.

    7. Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2.

    Denzel Washington: always elevates the material
    Gene Hackman
    Al Pacino
    Robert DeNiro
    John Cusack

    8. How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes.

    Not sure. I believe The Fast Runner, The Sweet Hereafter, The Red Violin and Map of the Human Heart were Canadian.

    9. Top 5 WORST movies. * cough * DREAMCATCHER * cough *

    I don't keep a list of these.

    10. Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    Signs: well-crafted, well-written; not perfect, but perfectly entertaining.
    Chicago: engagingly energetic, warts and all. Gave the Moulin Rouge crowd another film to cheer about.
    Two Towers: epic and entertaining is a solid combination. A little heavy on the talking trees, but no other film reminded us more of what good cinema is all about.


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  8. Chad A Wright

    Chad A Wright Supporting Actor

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    1. Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year?

    Theater: 5-7
    DVD: 10-30
    TV: 0
    Average per year: About 304

    2. Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family?

    75% with Family/Friends 25% Alone

    3. Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2).

    1. Jaws - Probably the perfect combination of storytelling, special effects, acting, music, and visual style. I fall in love with this film more everytime I see it.
    2. The Lion King - I can't think of a single thing I don't like about this film.
    3. Star Wars: A New Hope
    4. The Ten Commandments
    5. Fellowship of the Ring: Extended
    6. The Abyss: Extended
    7. Lawrence of Arabia
    8. Die Hard
    9. Goldfinger
    10. Raiders of the Lost Ark

    4. What are your reasons for watching films?
    I believe films are the ultimate culmination of every creative field. You have to combine so many different creative elements to have a succesfull. It's hard, but when it's done right, you get pure magic.

    5. Favorite genre?
    Honestly don't have a favorite.

    6. Name five feature film directors and one movie per director.
    Steven Spielberg - Jaws
    Peter Jackson - Fellowship of the Ring
    James Cameron - The Abyss
    George Lucas - Star Wars
    Sam Raimi - Evil Dead 2


    7. Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2.
    Clint Eastwood - One of the greatest ever. His westerns helped define a genre.
    Harrison Ford - His older works are fantastic.
    Al Pacino
    Peter O' Toole
    Bruce Campbell

    8. How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes.
    Don't know if I've seen any Canadian films.

    9. Top 5 WORST movies. * cough * DREAMCATCHER * cough *
    The Medallion
    Battlefield Earth
    Batman and Robin
    Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
    Charlies Angels: Full Throttle

    10. Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    Star Wars Episode 2 - As much as people complain about what George Lucas has done to the Star Wars series, those same people have a huge interest in seeing what happens next. Early buzz was that this film was more true to the star wars mold than episode 1 was.

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding - While the film was good, it wasn't as good as the buzz would have us believe. However, in these cynical times, people like to root for an underdog. This film was that underdog.

    Signs - M. Night has a fantastic record for making films. He's on par with Pixar as far as a solid track record goes. People eagerly await his films, and his next will be no different.

    Hope all this helps. I never realized how hard it would be to put together a list of Top Ten Movies. Even this is just a snapshot of the moment. It probably changes daily for me.
     
  9. Brook K

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    1. Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year?

    Theatre = 2-5
    VHS+DVD = 25
    TV = 0
    350-400 total per year

    2. Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family?

    70% alone, 30% with family

    3. Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2).

    Not sure about the order, but...

    Taxi Driver - Perfect description of loneliness
    Ikiru - The title says it all "To Live"
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Tokyo Story
    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    The Seventh Seal
    The Maltese Falcon
    Sullivan's Travels
    Singin' In The Rain

    4. What are your reasons for watching films?

    Film is art...To be enlightened, entertained, thrilled, to feel passion, and the myriad of human emotions.

    5. Favorite genre?

    Horror

    6. Name five feature film directors and one movie per director.

    Akira Kurosawa, Ran
    Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove
    Ingmar Bergman, Wild Strawberries
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
    Eric Rohmer, Chloe In The Afternoon

    7. Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2.

    Takashi Shimura - subtle but powerful prescence. Pitch perfect in everything I've seen him in
    Jack Nicholson - When he's interested and on, he is a singular emotional force.
    Gena Rowlands
    Gene Kelly
    Klaus Kinski

    8. How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes.

    10-15?
    The Heart of the World, Last Night, Ararat, The Red Violin, Felicia's Journey, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, etc.

    9. Top 5 WORST movies.

    I Spit on Your Grave, Malena, 200 Cigarettes, Igby Goes Down, Halloween 4-infinity

    10. Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    The Two Towers: Peter Jackson did a superb job of bringing one of the 20th century's great novels to the screen.
     
  10. Cary T

    Cary T Screenwriter

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    1.
    Theater – 10 per month
    DVD – 20 per month
    TV – None
    Total approximately 360 per year.

    2. I watch foreign and independent films alone and mainstream movies with friends.

    3.
    The Breakfast Club – Every teen should watch this, big influence in my high school days.
    Amelie – Loved it’s cinematography. Inspired me to go into film industry.
    Rear Window
    The Graduate
    In The Mood For Love
    Happy Together
    Hable Con Ella
    Kiki’s Delivery Service
    Say Anything…
    Psycho
    Singin’ in the Rain

    4. Cinema as an art form, entertainment, and professional inspiration.

    5. Drama

    6. These are my current all-time top 5 directors.
    Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window)
    Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together)
    Krzysztof Kieslowski (Trois Couleurs: Bleu)
    Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai)
    Cameron Crowe (Say Anything…)

    7.
    Philip Seymour Hoffman – He can take just about any role.
    John Cusack – Childhood favorite
    Kevin Bacon
    Toshiro Mifune
    Tony Leung

    8. A few – some David Cronenberg stuff, Cube, The Sweet Hereafter…..

    9. Don’t have a list for worst movies, but just any Michael Bay movie will do.

    10.
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Spiderman

    The above three films can be summed up by good marketing, good word of mouth, and they are decent movies that appeal to a broad audience.
     
  11. JonZ

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    1. Theater-1 or 2(Unless its a busy time, like now-Ill see 4 this month)
    DVD-10
    TV-Probally 10

    2. All of the above, but often alone

    3. 2001- A Space Odyssey (No other film has had more to say)
    -Apocalypse Now (
    -The Godfather
    -Seven Samurai
    -Godfather Part 2
    -A Clockwork Orange
    -Amadeus
    -Blade Runner
    -Once Upon A Time In America
    -Jaws

    4. I love the art form. As said above, I think a good film is magic.

    5. Drama

    6. Stanley Kubrick-2001 A Space Odyssey
    Akira Kurosawa- Seven Samurai
    Oliver Stone- Platoon
    Martin Scorcese-Goodfellas
    Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now

    7. Toshiro Mifune - Amazing range and emotion
    Orsen Welles - Greatest presence ever
    Tom Hanks
    Robert Deniro
    Harrison Ford - For his earlier stuff


    8.
    Exotica, Sweet Hereafter,Intimacy(off the top of my head)


    9. Doctor Butcher
    Action Jackson
    Pretty Woman
    Gone With The Wind
    Sleepaway Camp


    10. X-Men 2 (Probally becuase people see it as action escapist fun)
    Kill Bill (Same as X-Men2)
    Star Wars Attack Of the Clones (Fantasy -action,cool characters)
     
  12. Nick Sievers

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    1. All Approx Numbers: Theatre: 5-8 Per Month / DVD: 40 per month / VHS: None / Films on TV: None / Per Year: 550

    2. 90% - Alone / 5% - Friends / 5% - Family

    3.

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Godfather Part II
    3. Rear Window
    4. King Kong
    5. Vertigo
    6. Miller’s Crossing
    7. Jaws
    8. Goodfellas
    9. Trainspotting
    10. Dawn of the Dead

    4. I get the most out of this art-form:- Enjoyment, thrills, informed, emotions.

    5. Horror

    6.

    Coen Brothers: Miller’s Crossing
    Steven Soderbergh: Traffic
    Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window
    Stanley Kubrick: 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Federico Fellini: 8 1/2

    7.

    Robert De Niro – mostly for his more serious work, he has a great range of emotions and can fall into most roles perfectly.
    Cate Blanchett – She can elevate any film she is stars in. Great screen presence and she doesn’t look too bad either.
    Johnny Depp
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    John Cusack

    8. Probably around 10: Cube, Spider, Men with Brooms, Rare Birds.

    9.

    Benigni's Pinocchio
    Streetfighter (1994)
    The Mangler
    Showgirls
    Mission to Mars

    10.

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:- Its been so long since there have been the grand epics of yester year. Interesting characters, great production values and a fantasy element that sweeps most people away for the 3 Hour running time.

    Attack of the Clones:- Huge fan-base and general public wanting to see what happens next.

    Chicago: Fun characters, great music, extremely entertaining.
     
  13. Mark Shannon

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    1. Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year?

    Theater - 2/ month... 20/year
    VHS/DVD - 10/month... 100/year
    TV - 3/month... 15/year

    2. Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family?

    Movies that no one else I know will like - Alone. All the rest - friends or family

    3. Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2).

    The Matrix - Just an awesome movie, good theories, and is the genre I like.
    Starship Troopers - excellent movie, good use of imagery...good movie..
    Gladiator
    Terminator 2
    Spaceballs
    Bowling for Columbine
    Braveheart
    Shrek
    Top Gun
    The Pianist

    4. What are your reasons for watching films?

    Entertainment, education (documentary's or films inspired by true stories).. keep me busy...

    5. Favorite genre?

    Sci-Fi

    6. Name five feature film directors and one movie per
    director.

    Roman Polanski - Macbeth
    Steven Spielberg - AI
    George Lucas - Star Wars
    Wachowski brothers - The Matrix
    Farelly Brothers - Me, Myself, and Irene

    7. Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2.

    Edward Norton - brialliant actor, good variety
    JEff Goldblum - Intelligent actor, good use of emotion (I don't know what to say)
    Ewan McGregor
    Mila Jovovich
    Michael J. Fox

    8. How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes.

    Ginger Snaps

    9. Top 5 WORST movies. * cough * DREAMCATCHER * cough *

    AI
    Pulp Fiction
    Behind Enemy Lines
    Tears of The Sun


    10. Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    Bowling for Columbine - controversial stuff makes people want to watch it
    X-Men 2 - sequel to a great movie
    LOTR: TTT - sequel to a great movie
     
  14. Jason_Els

    Jason_Els Screenwriter

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    1. Number of films do you watch per month in theater/ VHS+DVD, TV. How many per year?

    Per month: theater= .5; VHS+DVD= 16; TV= 5

    2. Do you watch movies alone or with friends and family?

    Usually alone, maybe 6x a year with family or friends.

    3. Top 10 favorite films of all-time, in order. (Describe why for top 2).

    1. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring- No other movie has made me feel the way this one has. A faithful adaptation with a stellar cast, art direction, cinematography, and a perfect score.

    2. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope- Everything the movies are made for, nearly perfect entertainment and a classic story for the ages.

    3. Goodfellas
    4. Rear Window
    5. The Lion in Winter
    6. The Year of Living Dangerously
    7. The Passion of Joan of Arc
    8. Pather Panchali
    9. Seven Samurai
    10. The African Queen
    11. La Belle et La Bete (most honorable mention)

    4. What are your reasons for watching films?

    I watch films to illuminate the world around me; to experience life from someone else's perspective and enjoy the beauty of the art form.

    5. Favorite genre?

    Early 20th century German Expressionism

    6. Name five feature film directors and one movie per director.

    1. Alfred Hitchcock - Lifeboat
    2. Jacques Tati - Mon Oncle
    3. Josef von Sternberg - The Scarlet Empress
    4. John Ford - She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
    5. Delmer Davies - Dark Passage

    7. Top 5 actors, and why for the top 2.

    1. Katherine Hepburn - Four Oscars and the respect of everyone having anything to do with cinema. An actor who has changed how we see film and brought about social change all by using her talent.

    2. Robert DeNiro - Telepathic in his ability to convey unspoken feelings and emotions; no role is like any other and his range is astonishing. More brilliant performances than anyone else and not afraid to tackle impossible roles.

    3. Renee Falconetti - Agree with Pauline Kael, the finest performance of any sort ever captured on film.

    4. Bette Davis
    5. Johnny Depp

    8. How many Canadian feature films have you seen in the past few years? Name a few if yes.

    Not sure which are Canadian except for Ginger Snaps which I liked (mostly).

    9. Top 5 WORST movies. * cough * DREAMCATCHER * cough *

    1. The Creeping Terror
    2. Manos: The Hands of Fate
    3. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
    4. Spawn
    5. Eegah!

    10. Name 3 popular movies for 2002 and why, in your opinion, they did so well.

    Chicago A Broadway transplant so had a built-in audience before it was released and that, combined with Moulin Rouge fever from last year, made the film. Strong performances except for Gere.

    Adaptation Just the film for the self-absorbed West-side crowd who think Streep is high art. Popular because it gives the middle classes the kind of movie they think is adventurous and has all the right names.

    Spirited Away Inventive and luscious like a dream that nearly becomes a nightmare. While the story has plenty of loose ends and 1-dimensional characters, it proves that well-presented eye candy can compensate.
     

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