How often do you see a film?
I watch films about once a week but would certainly watch more if there were more high
quality films available.
Do you view films in a theatre or on other digital media?
Both. It really depends on the film. When a major motion picture such as Titanic or The Great Gatsby comes out, I prefer to watch it on the big screen in order to have a more immersed viewing experience. For most other films, I prefer to watch them on my HD television set from an HDMI connection to my computer. In other words, I prefer to either download or stream a digital movie to watch. The main advantage is that I can pause it when I like and “rewind” to watch a scene more than once if I didn’t properly hear or understand it. In addition, I may be able to keep a “hardcopy” of the film to watch it again in the future if it was a particularly good one.
What kind of films do you like; human interest stories, action films, romances, fantasy or animation?
I most like the Drama, Horror, Suspense, and Historical Fiction genres but also often indulge in the occasional Documentary style of film.
What are your thoughts on film’s role to entertain and inform?
I think the main role is to carry the viewer into another, unknown, world through the eyes and perspectives of the film’s characters as well as through its time and place settings. People want to be distracted from the mundaneness of life. And what better way than to become immersed in a new world where the unexpected is expected? Through a film we can learn about ourselves. As our thoughts and emotions may be placed on a roller coaster ride when watching a film our own views and beliefs can become questioned and even changed, especially if the filmmaker (and mostly the screenwriter of course) did a good job. That is the power of film. Unlike other visual art forms, film has that certain je-ne-sais-quoi x-factor that makes it extremely powerful.
What is your favorite film? Why?
This is such a difficult question to answer because there are so many. Moreover, my selection seems to change as I grow older and have learned more about the world. The one, however, that seems to stick with me is The Shawshank Redemption. I think the main reason being that: although we live in a very unjust world, eventually, justice will prevail in one way or another. Moreover, the film’s characters are spectacularly interesting. The film reminds us that in life, we must be even cleverer than the fraudsters and tricksters that mean us harm. Our brains and will are our most powerful weapons. The film gives everyone hope that they too can prevail in this harsh world.