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The Movie(s) That Made You a Cinephile

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Reply #45 on: March 04, 2003, 02:50:25 PM
Well, the first movie I ever saw is also the first thing I remember of my life...ever...it's a powerful image: E.T. almost dying on the side of a river...

Right there and then I was forever lost on movies...In childhood, a lot of movies made me wanna be an actor, mainly, I don't know why...:
Disney's The Jungle Book
The Neverending Story

Then I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and for the first time knew that there was a director, and that's what I wante to be.

Scent of a Woman, Schindler's List, but mainly Pulp Fiction and Ed Wood changed everything for me. I guess Pulp is the big turning point...

After that, a lot of films hace come along, specially from Kubrik and Scorsese, that have made me just crave to be a filmmaker...


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Reply #46 on: March 04, 2003, 03:42:30 PM
"Sling Blade" and "Good Will Hunting" did it for me.  I mean I've always loved movies and I've written very visual short stories since I was a child.  I knew I wanted to be a creative entity but wasn't sure exactly how.  For some reason that I couldn't explain to anyone else, those two movies just connected with me on a creative level and filmmaking realized me.
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Reply #47 on: March 04, 2003, 06:05:51 PM
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it was only until it came out on video that i saw it again and again and then on like the third of fourth time of watching it, i started to really notice all the small little trivial things the characters say and actually take notice of the photography...

So what you're trying to tell us here is that at first you just wacked off to it, and then on the third/fourth time you stayed to see how the story ends.

yeah. it was only after several viewings of sitting in my own joy juice that i realized it was true. right. and dramatic.

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Reply #48 on: March 04, 2003, 10:02:42 PM
Sometime around my freshman year of high school I saw "Silence of the Lambs" for the first time.  That being the first film I saw that could really be described as intense, dramatic (meaning not relying on spectacle or comedy), and just plain good that I could appreciate and understand really got me into movies.
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Reply #49 on: March 05, 2003, 04:15:52 AM
I saw Solaris by myself and I really enjoyed the experience. Don't remember ever doing it before, but I knew if I brought along certain friends they wouldn't be diggin it and would ruin it for me. I don't know though, when I see a really good movie I want to share the exp. with an amigo. I actually see a lot of films w/ my mommy, cause she's totally into it. We saw adaptation together and loved it. we still talk about it through emails and stuff.

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Reply #50 on: March 05, 2003, 07:58:27 AM
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Reply #51 on: March 19, 2003, 12:53:33 AM
My dad introduced me to a lot of his favorite movies when i was real young (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, etc.) and my mom preferred me to watch Disney movies starring Dean Jones rather than Transformers or GI Joe.  But when I was 16, I saw a special on Francois Truffaut on one of the movie channels, where they showed The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim, and Shoot the Piano Player back to back.  After that, I became partially obsessed with french art films and the new wave.  

later on, during my last year of high school I got back into watching Hong Kong Cinema after I had to do a report for one of my classes for senior thesis paper I was required to do.  What better way to get a passing grade than compare Melville's Le Samourai with John Woo's The Killer?


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Reply #52 on: March 19, 2003, 07:34:26 AM
Don't know whether I can claim to be a cinephile exactly, but the first movie I have a powerful impression of (talking cinema visits) is Sleeping Beauty, and the first time I wrote about film it was Time Bandits/Brazil/Baron Munchausen. The first time I wrote seriously about film it was Derek Jarman, and that came from seeing Caravaggio.

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Reply #53 on: March 19, 2003, 08:01:58 AM
The first movie I became obsessive about was Jurassis Park. To me it had everything. It was frightening and funny and a thriller and a romance and all this stuff. And it had dinosaurs in it, too. I guess that would have come out here in late 1993. There are only two theatre experiences that I can recall every moment of, the second of which is Moulin Rouge. I remember when I jumped and when I laughed and what it was like when I left, and where I sat, and the line to get in, I can remember everything about the time I saw Jurassic Park. I can give you a running commentary. That I read both the novel based on the film and the novel upon which the novel was based, purchased the Jurassic Park companion, bought the toys, started a club which dedicated free time at school to drawing pictures, and made up a song about the raptors in the kitchen...all that goes without saying.

I still wanted to be an actor until I was in grade seven, but it was Jurassic Park, way back in grade two, that got me hooked on movies. The thing that got me hooked to filmmaking wasn't so much a movie, but an experience. Myself and five friends won a trip to Paris to take part in the International Children's Summit at Disneyland, and a director/producer from the Disney Channel followed us around and made a doco about it. And he would give us the camera and tell us to go off and shoot a whole heap of stuff. And shoot stuff we did. And I've been hooked on the feeling ever since.
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Reply #54 on: March 19, 2003, 11:05:45 AM
coppola's the conversation
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 saw them when i was 10 -- changed everything
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Reply #55 on: March 19, 2003, 06:18:12 PM
there are no specific movies. my mom raised me on good cinema from a young age. she'd always rent these obscure movies at the video store and we'd sit and watch them (at age 7 I was the only one I knew that loved movies in black and white or with subtitles (my mom loved the actress Gong Li when I was little, she was always frequently in our VCR)). We loved camp cinema like Mommie Dearest or Cry-Baby (personal favorites of mine to this day). Then I wanted to conquer my fear of horror movies and the first things I watched were Nightmare on Elm St, the Omen, and the Shining. shining was my favorite (of course...). I keep thinking to myself that I was never seriously into film until 3 years ago, but I think back further and that's not true because I've always loved movies and wanted to do something with movies. I've always made little things on my video camera since I was little and was fairly well versed in cinema. so, no, there was no one movie that made me want to become a filmmaker, I've always had a passion to tell a story, and film is the best way I know how.
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Reply #56 on: March 20, 2003, 01:20:27 PM
At a friend's house... Late at night... At a extremely young age... I cleverly stole TOTAL RECALL. My first rated R movie.. That was the one.

2nd big impact was From Dusk Till Dawn when it first came out


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Reply #57 on: June 11, 2003, 09:31:32 AM
Unoriginality strikes again!  Boogie Nights was the film that truly made me become a movie buff.  That and American Beauty.
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Reply #58 on: June 11, 2003, 09:34:00 AM
American Beauty I guess.  I was so into it, and when it was over my sister and brother in law go "THAT was the best movie of the year?!  It sucked!"  and I knew from that moment on that I loved movies more than my family THE END
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Reply #59 on: June 11, 2003, 09:39:55 AM
Reservoir Dogs made me wanna be a director. Boogie Nights (w/ commentary) taught me how to love film. Magnolia changed everything and made me wanna dedicate my entire life to film. Taxi Driver (on re-watch) showed me how I wanna make films. 8 1/2 made me wanna watch EVERY film. Walkabout showed me just how perfect a movie can be.

Props to Kubrick, The Maysles Brothers, and Godard, as well.
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