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What if I just have no genuine interest in the film and I really just don't want to go see it?

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Uh…then don’t go see it?

Contrary to popular belief, I have not yet mastered The Force and therefore cannot make you do something you have no desire to do. Do whatever you want. My Lucy PSA was meant to accomplish two things: to remind people that the movie is out, and to encourage those who were on the fence about the film to watch it if they can and form their own opinions about it (again, good and bad, ambivalent also welcome), instead of relying on other people’s opinions. This clearly doesn’t apply to you.

I suppose for me I don’t consider outlandish the notion of watching a film I initially have no interest in because I do it all the time. I watch movies I have no interest in but have a curiosity about. Do I think Sharknado is unironically a masterpiece of cinema? No, but I watched it anyway. Did I know I was going to hate Twilight before watching it? I had an inkling, which I confirmed/validated upon viewing the film. If I only watched stuff I already know I will like, I’m only going to be living in my own bubble. I want to venture as much outside of my comfort zone as possible because I don’t think it’s beneficial to myself as a film reviewer to have singular taste.

Are there any movie scores that you feel didn't mesh with the film? I'm trying to think of one, but can't think of any. I think maybe the new Gatsby movie is one. I get what they were going for with the modern soundtrack, but I didn't think it worked well. It took away more than it added to the movie. What do you think?

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For Gatsby, I think the startling contrast of the modern music was intentional. I thought it was a little much, but it was the least of the problems in that hot mess of a movie. I can’t really think of any films whose soundtracks didn’t mesh well with the movie. The only recent one that comes to mind is The Amazing Spider-Man 2's score, which was fucking awful. Completely took me out of the movie.

Can you please tell me names of movies that actually changed your life or even the way you look at things? Thank you in advance xx

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Modern Times (1936) - after Fantasia, it was the next film I saw that really made me appreciate silent films. 

Fantasia (1940) - the first time I fell in love with the movies.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - my all time favorite film. Gave me an appreciation for character development, which is why I’m always harping about this in any movie I watch. 

Harold and Maude (1971) - one of my all time favorite movies because it deals with life and death in a unique way. 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - watched this and decided I wanted to be like Indiana Jones. Initially majored in Anthropology because of it. It broke my heart when my Anthropology professor said the first day of the 101 class: “Real life archaeologists are not like Indiana Jones”. 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) - Any time I feel like I’m in a rut, I ask myself “What would Ferris do?”

The Land Before Time (1988) - first encounter with death in the movies - traumatizing experience as a child.

Cinema Paradiso (1988) - well duh.

Dead Poets Society (1989) - still pretty inspirational, even after all this time. Carpe diem! Suck the marrow out of life!

It (1990) - fostered my crippling fear of clowns. Tried to rewatch it a decade later and was immediately reminded of how scared I was that I cried at the opening credits.

Bata, Bata Paano Ka Ginawa (1998) - a fantastic Filipino film that challenged gender roles in the Philippines. I remember watching this and loving the way it explored the traditionally patriarchal society in the Philippines.  

The Matrix (1999) - first time seeing something that was wildly entertaining but also thought-provoking, forcing me to ask great philosophical questions about the nature of reality, whether ignorance really is bliss, etc. I remember being really obsessed with this movie while at the same time suffering a mild existential crisis. I was 12.

Bowling for Columbine (2002) - had not really seen a whole lot of documentaries that were informative but also engaging, evocative and provocative. This got me into documentaries.

The Life of David Gale (2003) - had never really contemplated the justice in the justice system until I saw this movie. Actually, now that I think about it, A Time to Kill probably also falls under this category of reasoning.

Magnifico (2003) - a film that I think perfectly encapsulates Filipino culture and spirit. Inspiring and with great social commentary. 

Control Room (2004) - a fantastic, eye-opening documentary about journalism and the media, and brings up great questions about bias and reporting.

Into the Wild (2007) - I think it’s got a great message. “Happiness is only real when shared”. I think it took the image of the meandering twentysomething and gave it an interesting spin. Yeah, backpacking in the wilderness seems like a fantastic, soul-searching experience, but there are ways to still do this without completely severing your connection with society.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) - truly inspirational. As cheesy as it sounds, it really gave me a different perspective on life.

There are many more films that are transformational, but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head right now.

What’s in your list of life-affirming or transformational films?

If you could only watch one film genre this weekend, what genre would it be? And what movies would you pick? :)

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That’s a no brainer. Science fiction. I’d pick 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Star Wars, Blade RunnerE.T., Batteries Not Included, Invasion of the Body SnatchersThe Thing, Soylent GreenTerminator 2: Judgment DayClose Encounters of the Third Kind, RoboCopJurassic Park, Total Recall (original), Gattaca, Independence Day, EquilibriumAliensThe Fifth Element, Disturbing BehaviorThe Abyss, Galaxy QuestTitan A.E., Event Horizon, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindMinority Report, The Faculty, The City of Lost ChildrenSunshine, Spaceballs, The Matrix, Wall-E, Primer, Serenity, Children of Men, Moon, Looper, Gravity, Her, Pacific Rim, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Under the Skin and Snowpiercer. I’d probably watch ‘em in that order, too. And there’s 40 some odd movies in there, so that’s assuming I actually watch them all weekend. Which might not actually be a bad idea.

would you make some under the skin gifs? i hate to ask like this, sorry :)

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I’ll try, but I don’t own it yet as it just came out on blu-ray/DVD today, so they’ll have to be from the trailer or released clips. No promises, though.

What's your favourite Stanley Kubrick film?

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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. I love satire and I love Kubrick, and I think Dr. Strangelove is easily his best film because to me it’s practically flawless. The dialogue is fantastic, the performances are sharp and phenomenal, it’s uproarious and entertaining no matter how many times I watch it, and most of all the social and political commentary it makes - while specifically about the The Cold War - manages to stay relevant. It’s a true classic and a film everyone should see. And if you don’t like it then, well, I don’t know that we can really be friends. I mean, we could probably still be friends, but I’d be quietly judging you.

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i always enjoy your reviews!

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Yay! Thanks! I wish you weren’t anonymous so I could thank you properly. But thank you for reading my reviews and I’m glad you like them!

if you could meet one actor/actress for 15 minutes (dead or alive), who would it be?

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Katharine Hepburn or Christopher Lee. Hepburn because, well, she’s one of my favorite actresses and I love all of the roles she’s played. She’s been pretty influential in my love for film, so I feel like I would want to meet her just to fangirl. And Christopher Lee because he is actually the Most Interesting Man in the World.