Why I Love Film

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Film is a language. It is also my own language of choice, and how I feel I best express myself. There have been many films that have inspired me to aspire to filmmaking. My earliest memory of seeing a film was Ben-Hur, at four years old. My parents didn’t have terestrial television for years, so we only ever watched films. I remember for years as a boy having chills go up my spine, scared stiff by the 20th Century Fox fanfare, because I suffered many nightmares after watching the trash compactor scene in Star Wars. But my fondest memory of cinema was the first time I remember going to a theatre on my sister’s ninth birthday to see Hook in UGC Cinemas in Swansea.

These days, I typically go for well-written, strong stories with good performances. I like old noir films. Love the Speilberg-Lucas 80’s stuff. Recently developed a taste for German and Brit indy films. I always try to see indy films because so much blood, sweat and soul goes into them. Still can’t resists movies that appeal to my childish sense of imagination (castles, knights, swords, lightsabers, fighter-pilots-in-space, you get the picture). I have a particular interest in themes such as Biblical adaptations, Peter Pan, the Arthurian Legend, romantic fairy-tales and Shakespeare. But always enjoy a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Personal Top Five
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Shawshank Redemption (1993)
Casablanca (1942)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Screenplays I Can’t Put Down
The Shawshank Redemption, The Empire Strikes Back, The Wizard of Oz, The Graduate

Moving
Cinema Paradiso, Forrest Gump, Awakenings
Dear Frankie, Empire of the Sun, The Last Emperor

Inspiring Performances
Morgan Freeman (Shawshank), Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List), Andrew Garfield (Boy A), Dustin Hoffman (Hook/Kramer vs Kramer), Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Robert De Niro (Awakenings), Frank Oz (Empire Strikes Back), Martin Sheen (West Wing), Emma Thompson (Love Actually)

Short Films
Eight, The Sheep Theif, L’Homme Sans Tête, About a Girl, Je T’aime John Wayne, Thirty-five a Side

Currently Looing Forward to…
The Edge of Love & The Dark Knight

Others
Mission: Impossible, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Romeo + Juliet, There Will Be Blood, The Lives of Others, Dear Frankie, Merlin, E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, House of Flying Daggers, The Matrix, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Forrest Gump, The Godfather Part II, The Emperor’s New Groove, Groundhog Day, Lord of the Rings, Free Willy, The Fugitive, Flash Gordon, The Last Emperor