On This Day In Film Interview
September 3, 2014
The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994) – probably the film that began my love of cinema. I watched this film late one night on TV with my father in around 1997, I had no idea what it was and we watched it into the early morning. Both of us were enthralled by the story, the acting and most of all the script. I love it, not only because of the film itself, but also due to of the arbitrary way I came across it.
Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998) – I’m a big fan of the Dogme ’95 films and think that this one uses the manifesto in the best way imaginable. I see Festen as pure film, no well-known actors, no fancy special effects, no studio settings, just a great story, filmed. A superb piece of cinema, in my eyes.
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) – one of those films that I never get bored of watching. It has so much to it that I find something new every time I watch it. So many great performances, so many quotable lines, and a complicated knit of plot lines makes it one of the films that always sits in my top 5.
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) – this classic represents almost all of Hitchcock’s films, I could have put Vertigo in its place, or The Birds as I love the way Hitchcock made movies. Psycho has so many interesting camera shots and plot twists that it still works as a great film 54 years on. It also brought about many changes in the cinema industry, for instance, it was the first film that required the audience to be there at the beginning of the movie, there were no late entries allowed. Before that audience members could come and go as they pleased.
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) – again this film sits as a representative of Kubrick’s films. It has, as do many of Kubrick’s movies, the cinematic impact that groundbreaking cinema should have. He was constantly trying new things, implementing new technology & bending cinematic rules, but all without sacrificing the film’s story or standpoint. Alongside Hitchcock, Kubrick is one of my favourite directors of all time.
Bodega Bay: the setting for The Birds. I think a trip here would be a creepy and intriguing visit. I’m sure its a beautiful place regardless of the film, but I would love to go and see the playground next to the school – one of the great scenes in cinema history.
Timberline Lodge: the hotel in The Shining. Timberline Lodge was used as the exterior shots for the Overlook Hotel and I would love to stay over, although I’m sure it would be pretty spooky.