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  1. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    All solid choices. Given her interest in graphic novels with likely horror elements I would recommend Sunset Blvd. considering its visual elements and cinematography or Vertigo given the psychological aspects of the film's protagonist. Always nice to hear that younger folks are embracing some...
  2. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Most definitely SF. For me, the exploration of change in society or culture due to invention or technological change is one of the strongest defining attributes of SF in the arts. Imagining the changes to criminal justice and the politicization of those changes due to the creation of the...
  3. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I'd suggest that any film that achieves a large initial box office return is not a cult film regardless of its current status in popular culture. I would argue that films such as any of the Star Wars franchise features or Smokey and the Bandit are the antithesis of cult due to their popularity...
  4. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Dumped my VHS tapes. (Pretty much everything I had on tape has been supplanted by LD/DVD/Blu-Ray). Even though I don't currently have an LD player setup in my HT rack you'll have to pry my LD collection from my cold, dead, fingers. - Walter.
  5. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Absolutely. If you look at the roles that actors like Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have taken on in recent years, I have no doubt in my mind that the financial security that the Twilight franchise provided for them has enabled them to take on more esoteric (at least in some cases)...
  6. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    One additional factor to consider is the creative talent behind the film. Filmmakers like Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, and Denis Villeneuve (for instance) have very strong visions for their films that will make this much less of a factor. Now people may be looking over...
  7. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I tend to think of Westerns more in terms of aesthetics vs. themes. The themes of exploration and settlement tend to be associated with the Western. Of course this is often associated with films exploring historical (non American West) or SF genres; so it isn't unique to the Western. The...
  8. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    BTW, before someone points out the apparent contradiction in my previous two posts... :) A) Outland is a Western set in space. B) Westerns are largely defined by the settings and era. I think Outland, due to its strong story resemblance to High Noon, overrides considerations of settings and...
  9. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    To be honest it has been way too long since I've seen Seven Samurai to really comment upon it, but I am pretty familiar with The Magnificent Seven. Maybe both films are adventures in different settings. I do believe that different genres can be defined in different ways. Westerns are defined...
  10. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Yes, but the SF component of the story (pre-cognitive abilities and the ramifications of how that would affect law enforcement) is the fundamental point of the film. It is much more than simply a trapping. One of the defining examples of SF is the exploration of societal changes due to the...
  11. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Science Fiction is a very subjective concept. To quote Potter Stewart "I know it when I see it". Personally I believe that SF is more conceptual and that a lot of what passes for SF is merely 'dressed up' with the props associated with the genre. Star Wars is kind of a grab bag of genres -...
  12. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    It is such an open ended question that there are simply too many to list, but I will name one individual. For my money, maybe the best actor working these days is Oscar Isaac. These are kind of the same question in some ways. The easy answer is Paul Newman who is arguably my favorite actor...
  13. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    My $0.02... The Empire Strikes Back is a great film and is arguably the best film in the franchise. It offered up a glimpse of what the Star Wars series could have become, adult oriented galaxy spanning space opera that achieved some measure of emotional resonance. The more juvenile aspects...
  14. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Essentially reposting what I said in the Thor trailer thread... I am not overly thrilled about Portman coming back to the franchise, but only because I never was sold on the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster. As noted in the other thread, the dynamic will probably be different this...
  15. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    In retrospect, I think part of the reason that my '77 list was shorter was that Star Wars took up a lot of my theatrical viewings that year. Easily the most repeat theatrical viewings for me of any film. On to 1976... Taxi Driver - Simply a great film. Loved the gritty street milieu that...
  16. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Continuing with 1977... This is a shorter list. I didn't see a lot of films this particular year and there are some highly regarded films that I have still not seen to this day and some that simply did not resonate with me. Anyway, for what it is worth... Star Wars - I've previously posted...
  17. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Well, the 1970s is for me, and a lot of other folks one of the best decades for films, period. No other qualifiers required. My 1978 list (to keep this going) looks like this... The Deer Hunter - Looking back on this film, I am not quite as enamored as I was in 1978, but it retains the top...
  18. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I suppose it depends upon how broadly you define the criteria. While there were a few obvious franchise / sequels during the '60 and '70s; most notably Jame Bond; if you look at Hollywood's past there were a lot of pairings of individuals which constituted quasi franchises (at least to me)...
  19. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    My top ten for 1979 ( in order ) ... Being There - Hal Ashby was a great actor's director and this film features one of the best performances you will ever see with Peter Sellers as Chance. Terrific film. Apocalypse Now - Flawed, but brilliant. Contains multiple iconic scenes and might be...
  20. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Alien: Resurrection is a decidedly mixed bag for me. The film disentangles itself from the first three features in the franchise by occurring 200 years later. The idea of a human/alien hybrid in the personage of a cloned Ellen Ripley is fairly creative (at least in 1997.) Darius Khondji is a...
  21. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    All of this talk about Terminator 2: Judgement Day reminds me of one of my disappointments at its release. If you go into the film with absolutely no knowledge other than the first film there is a real question as to the roles of the two Terminators. (Which is "good" and which is "bad"?). The...
  22. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I certainly love Godfather 2 and Aliens. I would agree with the comments about both films... GF2 is a larger film that serves as a prequel and a sequel and is pretty unique in that regard. Aliens moves that universe to the action genre, and honestly was one of the tensest film-viewing...
  23. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Not to derail the thread, but... A simple Agreed felt insufficient. Absolutely this! Tony Stark's character evolves the most from Ironman to Avengers: Endgame; but his is not the only character to undergo some changes in persona and approach to the struggles faced in the films. I missed a...
  24. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I used to devour SF / fantasy literature but slowed way down when my work required me to stare at a computer screen all day long. There is certainly plenty of marginal genre literature out there (Sturgeon's Law and all that.) Sort of like films and directors I try to lock in on authors whose...
  25. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Re: What draws me to a film? I am an adherent to the belief that the single biggest factor influencing a film's quality is the director. That isn't to say that unknown (at least to me) directors aren't capable but merely that a director with a good track record is much more likely to...
  26. Walter Kittel

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    One of my biggest film going regrets was not seeing Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame theatrically. Both films have a lot of "big" moments, but Cap wielding Mjolnir must have been insane. - Walter.
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