Five Favorite Films with Gina Carano

The Mixed Martial Arts champion and star of this week's Haywire talks about her favorite films and working with Steven Soderbergh and her co-stars.

History is littered with the corpses of sports champs whose bids for movie immortality have been dubious at best; for every Hong Kong martial arts superstar and Austrian bodybuilder there are scores of straight-to-video beefcakes lacking the onscreen charisma to match their real-life skills. Rarer still is the successful female action hero crossover, but this week -- with the somewhat unlikely help of genre-shifting filmmaker Steven Soderbergh -- a new one arrives in the shape of Gina Carano, former Mixed Martial Arts fighter and now star of her very own spy thriller, Haywire.

The story goes that Soderbergh caught one of Carano's fights on TV one evening and couldn't believe the talented -- and visually striking -- fighter wasn't headlining her own movie. So, with the help of screenwriter Lem Dobbs (The Limey) and a supporting cast of thespian eye-candy that includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Michael Douglas, he set about putting together an action vehicle for Carano, in which the fledgling actress plays a CIA-trained assassin on the loose and out to avenge those who double-crossed her. With its minimalist plot, punishing (yet expertly-staged) fight choreography and throwback thriller cool, Haywire is the kind of film that seems almost too good to be true in the movie release graveyard of January -- and, if fate smiles upon it, should make a new action hero of its leading lady. We had the chance to chat with Carano about the movie recently; but first, she ran through five of her all-time favorite films.


True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993; 91% Tomatometer)

True Romance would definitely be in my top five. I particularly loved Patricia Arquette in True Romance. I loved how delicate she is but also how down she is in the fight scene in that film -- it's by far one of my favorite fight scenes ever. It's just so real. I loved that hotel fight scene. And of course I loved the dialogue. I loved how you could just get so attached to the characters. That's kind of like a fairytale for me: to think that two people could meet like that and be completely, you know -- just 100 per cent have each other's back, instead of all the bullshit we go through in everyday life. Two people that just fell in love, and their dedication to each other -- that really comes through in the film. And I think the whole story, and the dialogue, is just really cool.




Braveheart (Mel Gibson, 1995; 79% Tomatometer)

Another one of mine is Braveheart. I just loved the whole -- I mean, I love anything that you can really feel. That was such a beautiful story, and the way it was filmed, and just the heart -- it just grabs your attention and you can't stop watching it. The tragedy in it. It's epic. It's one of those movies you can only dream about being in. I think I watched that movie before every fight. And I cry at the end of that movie. I must have seen it millions of times. I'm like that: I like to watch movies over and over and over, and so I've done that with Braveheart.

That ending gets you ready to fight?

Yeah! I just walk away from that feeling very good and free and ready to take on the world for some reason. [Laughs]




Let Me In (Matt Reeves, 2010; 89% Tomatometer)

You know the movie Let Me In? The new one -- I haven't seen the original. I really liked that movie. I don't know why. It's just one of those movies that I loved the relationship, and the dark story behind it all. I loved those two young characters, and how wonderful actors and actresses they were. I really enjoyed that movie.




Cry-Baby (John Waters, 1990; 76% Tomatometer)

I have to say -- there's gotta be a movie with Johnny Depp in it, because he's one of my utmost favorite actors. I'll tell you one of my old school favorites, and that's Cry-Baby. That's gotta be the comedy part of me coming out.

Oh, I love Cry-Baby.

You do?! Oh my gosh, that's so funny. 'Cause sometimes people look at me like I'm crazy when I say that. But I really do love that movie. It just made me laugh. And the characters in it... At the time [I saw it] I was in high school. I could probably quote that whole movie without even watching it. It puts a huge smile on my face. And [Depp's] just so phenomenal in it; and it's a musical as well. I still love Hatchet Face: "There's nothin' the matter with my face!" [Laughs]




Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969; 89% Tomatometer)

I liked Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I really enjoyed that movie. And I kind of fell in love with Paul Newman for a phase. [Laughs] I really kind of fell in love with him and started watching all of his movies.

He was a pretty handsome guy.

Yeah, and I hear that he was pretty short also, which is unfortunate for me -- 'cause I'm 5'8". So there would have been no me stalking him.



Next, Carano chats about working with Steven Soderbergh and dueling with her co-stars.

Comments

StefansZ

Stefans Zvejnieks

"Pretty handsome" is a major, major understatement when it comes to Paul Newman. :P

Jan 17 - 07:26 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

yeahhhhhhhh. (I think she means very handsome--the tone is lost in translation)

Jan 18 - 12:28 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Much cuter than Taylor Lautner. Makes "Braveheart" go down a little easier. Can't argue with the rest, especially anything with Iggy Pop lawn-bathing.

Jan 17 - 08:02 PM

Geoff Travagline

Geoff Travagline

Mm... Nothing better than "Braveheart."

Jan 17 - 08:07 PM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

For someone with no background in film, she has excellent taste.

Jan 17 - 08:28 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Haywire at some point. The only film on this list I've seen is Braveheart, and that is a GREAT movie. However historally accurate/inaccurate it is, the movie itself is fantastic, and is easily one of the most well-paced 3-hour-long movies I have ever seen (along with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West).

Jan 17 - 10:00 PM

Whereis Reemaal

Whereis Reemaal

try Dances with Wolves's Director's Cut. At 4 hours long, it's one great movie

Jan 18 - 04:13 AM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Thanks for the recommendation! I'll check it out.

Jan 18 - 11:22 AM

Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin

I'm afraid you've been trolled my friend. DWW is famous for being long, long, obnoxious, ham-fisted with it's not-so-subtle themes, long, and being the #1 Oscar winning film everyone looks at and says 'Good GOD, what were we smoking in the 90's?'.

Jan 18 - 07:41 PM

Lumbergh Phucter

Jamie Eakins

I'm pretty sure that #1 honor belongs to either Crash or The Greatest Show On Earth.

Jan 18 - 11:53 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Cimarron.
And Dances with Wolves is great

Jan 19 - 10:28 AM

StefansZ

Stefans Zvejnieks

As much as a fan of Kevin Costner I am, DWW is hardly one of my faves of his. That easily goes to 'In a Perfect World' and 'The Untouchables'. (Can't forget Bull Durham too!) I loved the first half. Had promise. I felt it got sloppy. I enjoyed it more when he was trying to 'befriend' the Native Americans. Then he grew a huge ass mullet and was a crusader for them. It wasn't bad, just was obviously expecting more with all the hype. Have to agree with Crash as well. I have plenty of other films which I feel weren't that deserving either. (See Slumdog Millionaire)

Jan 20 - 01:22 PM

Turkish124

Jason Woods

True Romance, good girl.

Jan 17 - 10:09 PM

Jeffery Michael

Jeffery Michael

What is wrong with this country? I mean really, Gina can act? Listen to the line delivery she makes Tatum sound good. Whats wrong with these reviewers there's a reason you only see her kicking ass in the trailer.I dont doubt Steven built a good movie hell he did it with a porn star last flick.

Jan 18 - 12:07 AM

ap sirius

karl anderson

HEY HEY HEY...dont be slagging on my sweetie Tatum now

Jan 18 - 12:43 PM

Ctz Maverick

Ctz Maverick

try to giver her a chance first. She might actually have some real talent.

Jan 19 - 09:24 AM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Bad grammar and general writing skills. So stop posting.

Jan 19 - 10:30 AM

Jeffery Michael

Jeffery Michael

Oh I'm sorry professor whitey let me retort. Did I use a double negative? Did I use good when it should have been well? Well guess what genius I chose to. There's a reason you are a worker bee and I run my own business in the creative field. There's a reason you will never understand Burroughs, Jung, or any slavery driven, oppressed artistic form like Jazz, Hip Hop, or Latin Folkloric. You get busy correcting those grammatical errors editor boy. I'll be watching your syntax and if its off you'll be getting another verbal spanking.

Jan 19 - 05:02 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Strike a pose...

Jan 19 - 10:33 PM

Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides

Jeffery: actually, I think "good" WAS the correct choice; Peter: sentence fragments qualify as "bad grammar", too; DBrock: I don't think published authors are prohibited from posting on the internet; and Janson: LOL (vogue, vogue, vogue, vogue...).

Jan 20 - 10:07 AM

Harry Schalk

Harry Schalk

The "creative field"? What does that even mean? Vagueness usually indicates bullshit.
I believe he attacked your grammar because you attacked Gina's acting without having seen the movie. He was just returning your douchebaggery.

Jan 20 - 11:19 AM

Yves Boudreau

Yves Boudreau

Are you sure you're not in creative whining?

Jan 21 - 10:04 AM

DBrock

David E-Brock

That's why it's the fucking internet. If we were all great writers,we would have published work or at least a blog. You are correcting people on a website for movie fans,so shut the fuck up asshole.

Jan 19 - 07:43 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

relax ladsI see never problem wit writing they are doing...sounds good nuff for me

Jan 19 - 08:08 PM

Jeffery Michael

Jeffery Michael

@Harry S, Douchebaggery what does that even mean? That's not even a woooord! Shut up. Was I not specific enough for you when I used an umbrella term? What would we have done without your input? I didn't attack her acting I described it, it wasn't an emotional moment. You see what I am holding in my avatar, that's a girl! Has your mommy ever let you touch one of those? You see now that was an attack, just so you'll have a reference point next time. And not all of us have only seen just the footage of the trailer on the internets. Just returning some unnecessary input back to you.
@DECHAP423 Yeah I hear you I was just making an aggressive point and tying it into the text.
@Janson Dont just stand there.

Jan 20 - 02:19 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Nuttin' to it.

Jan 20 - 04:25 PM

Whereis Reemaal

Whereis Reemaal

try Dances with Wolves's Director's Cut. At 4 hours long, it's one great movie

Jan 18 - 04:13 AM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Thanks for the recommendation! I'll check it out.

Jan 18 - 11:22 AM

Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin

I'm afraid you've been trolled my friend. DWW is famous for being long, long, obnoxious, ham-fisted with it's not-so-subtle themes, long, and being the #1 Oscar winning film everyone looks at and says 'Good GOD, what were we smoking in the 90's?'.

Jan 18 - 07:41 PM

Lumbergh Phucter

Jamie Eakins

I'm pretty sure that #1 honor belongs to either Crash or The Greatest Show On Earth.

Jan 18 - 11:53 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Cimarron.
And Dances with Wolves is great

Jan 19 - 10:28 AM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

It's funny that she's so impressed that her co-stars wanted to do their own stunts.
Soderbergh: "In this scene, an attractive woman in a party dress and stockings will throw your ass around a hotel room and will disable you with a leg-lock around your neck."
Me: "Uhhhhh....no need for stunt men on this one, chief. I think I can handle it. For the love of God NO STUNT MEN!"

Jan 18 - 06:09 AM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

ROFL.

Jan 18 - 11:23 AM

elijstar

Eli Jones

My girlfriend said she wanted to be Michael Fassbender in that moment so badly! hahaha

Jan 21 - 05:50 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Your girlfriend must be hung like John Brown.

Jan 23 - 01:59 PM

Kyokushin

Chev Chelios

Yeah, Gina. Good list.

Jan 18 - 07:11 AM

Andrew Rossi

Andrew Rossi

shes got something for everything. i just rented true romance for the first time so i gotta watch that soon.

Jan 18 - 08:51 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

True Romance is a great movie. Not sure what you know about it but the ensemble cast is amazing. And everyone delivers, even Slater and Balki nail it. I almost envy you for being able to watch this movie for the first time...

Jan 18 - 02:28 PM

Andrew Rossi

Andrew Rossi

haha well i am looking forward to it. i also am excited because it is written by tarantino.

Jan 19 - 01:00 AM

DBrock

David E-Brock

I would call it a bad movie with some really good parts.

Jan 19 - 07:46 PM

Kyokushin

Chev Chelios

I would call you a person with bad taste in movies.

Jan 21 - 09:53 AM

Jamie Burns

Jamie Burns

Who? One of the worst lists. The new Let Me In is weak and certainly not a touch on original. Braveheart is so historically inaccurate you may as well have had the Silver Surfer doing the moonwalk through the streets of Edinburgh. Cry Baby is crap - fact. One of the worst lists.

Jan 18 - 09:02 AM

Morgan Work

Morgan Work

One of the worst? Last time I checked, Braveheart won Best Picture. Chloe Moretz and Smit McPhee did an awesome job w/that remake. Haven't seen Cry Baby, but True Romance is awesome, and Butch Cassidy is a true classic. Keep ridin' that short bus Jamie B ;)

Jan 18 - 09:26 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Not all 'Best Picture' winners means that they're all good! I remember seeing some I didn't care too much about, but are still loved by others!

Jan 18 - 02:32 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Look, I didn't say that as an absolute, that some "Best Picture" winners are not that good- I'm just saying that other nominations that were also in the same category can sometimes be better than the ones that won! If you can define yourself as an open minded person and unafraid to watch everything, see also the rest of the films nominated as well! I mean usually, the movies that won for best picture are not always better than other films that were also nominated, subjectively speaking of course!

Jan 20 - 01:00 PM

Dave J

Dave J

@Eric I., besides that I wasn't implying anything, I was just responding to "Morgon W"'s original comment who was saying that as a result of "Braveheart" winning the Oscar for Best Picture is going to mean that the film is always good. I'm just saying that just because 'any' film that wins the Oscar for Best Picture doesn't always mean that everybody who saw it, is going to liked it!

Jan 20 - 02:53 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

@ Eric I - No. Some films are better than others. Some viewers are more experienced than others. Some viewers are not even trying to think while they watch, so what good could their thoughtless opinions possibly be? What is both arrogant and ignorant is the idea that you, the viewer, don't have the responsibility, much less the ability, to discern various qualities of a film - theme, plot, tension, humor, heart - and comparing these qualities to other films and developing TASTE. No one has automatic, subconscious abilities of cinema comprehension. These are skills developed from watching a variaty of different films and understanding why they work or don't work. People who claim that films are 'entirely subjective' tend to be those who don't want to bother articulating why they feel the way they do about a certain film. Hint: it should be more elaborate than "like" or "suck".

Jan 20 - 04:34 PM

Joe S.

Joe Szwaba

I guess Mel Gibson forgot that he was meant to be making a documentary, not a film. Must have been drunk again.

Jan 18 - 11:29 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The "who?" part gets me. Carano is a champion MMA and Muay Tai fighter who has only lost twice in her professional fighting career. The loss to Santos retired her I think.

Jan 18 - 02:35 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Interesting info!

Jan 18 - 04:59 PM

Jalley O.

Jalley Oscar

Who watches a film like "Braveheart" for a history lesson? Whatever historical inaccuracies it contains are undoubtedly trumped by its story, acting, and amazing battle sequences.

Jan 18 - 09:23 PM

Dave J

Dave J

That's another good point- movies about history has always been inaccurate for years from Citizen Kane, to Ben - Hur, Mississippi Burning, All The Presidents Men, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Bonnie And Clyde to Psycho which is supposed to be inspired from the life of Ed Gein. I don't see how Braveheart should be treated any more different than any other film you've seen and liked.

Jan 19 - 12:22 PM

Shiva the God of Death

Noah F

Dave, you seem to lack the grasp of fiction: while Bonnie and Clyde and All the President's Men are in act historical films, Citizen Kane, Ben-Hur, and Psycho are not. They cannot be historically inaccurate unless they contain period inappropriate things, which at least for Psycho seems impossible seeing as it was a contemporary film at the time. I don't believe Citizen Kane or Ben-Hur contain any either. If you're going to form an argument for historically inaccurate films, use historically inaccurate films as none of the films you quoted other than the aforementioned were historical films. In addition, both All the President's Men and Bonnie and Clyde are very historically accurate. A better list of films would be films such as Gone With the Wind, Life is Beautiful, Lawrence of Arabia even has some major inconsistency with history.

Jan 19 - 07:35 PM

DBrock

David E-Brock

weeeell...there is the fact that in Ben-Hur nobody looks Jewish...and then there is the whole White Jesus thing...still one of the best movies ever though.

Jan 19 - 07:57 PM

Dave J

Dave J

@Shiva the God of Death, I only meant it as an example and making a point, since films far too often say that it's 'based on a true story' or 'inspired by actual incidents' etc...making the point that if people want to know whether anything they watch is true or historically accurate can do the research on -line, books, documents or from old newspapers etc... Now, you can't say that "All The President's Men" and "Bonnie & Clyde" are accurate since they're also records, books, interviews and documents that say otherwise, regarding the events that lead up to it eg: I remember watching Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on Larry King the other day and they said that although the result of Nixon's downfall may have been a result of them, the events of 'how' it happened are not 100% accurate and was made in the direction that it did was to entertain viewers. You can say that 'Bonnie And Clyde' and All The President's Men is "more" accurate in terms of history as opposed to other films, such as Citizen Kane which is 'inspired' by Randolph Hearst life or even Braveheart. Fact is always mixed with fiction and whether anything is true or not is irrevelent as long as the film entertains and to make money are the main objectives and not how accurate it is or whatever. I had an old friend and don't see anymore because he's gone away whose natural Scottish and knows alot about his own Scottish history and he says, 'yeah, although I know that it(Braveheart) didn't quite happened that way, but I still had fun watching it!'. I even pointed out the flaws that occured in "Braveheart" after listening to some other historian who also saw the film as well. And do you know what his response was "I don't care!".

Jan 20 - 02:12 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Done pissed off Shiva! I have to agree. It doesn't make a lot of sense to hold "Citizen Kane", a fictionalized story inspired by William Randolph Hearst, and "Psycho" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", both based on the story of Ed Gein, to the same standards as films that are overtly attempting to be representative of actual people in their own names. Older material, practically mythological like Biblical, Greek, or other ancient history is one thing. Material that has a stronger scholastic grounding, actual historical resources to draw from, are less exempt from the ability to mythologize the characters and content. At least "Citizen Kane" uses its fictional license to further illustrate the detriments of over-self-mythology - which is exactly what Mel Gibson's problem as a filmmaker has been.

Jan 19 - 10:54 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Spartacus is probably a better parallel for comparison to Braveheart than Citizen Kane. I don't have issue with Bravehearts historical innaccuracies because it obviously wasn't meant as an educational piece. There's a reason more people pay for the privilege of watching HBO instead of watching The History Channel...bad example I know because the History Channel has been playing fast and loose with its fact for years, but you get my point.

Jan 20 - 08:41 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Yes, I agree that there's a difference between films that were inspired and the films that 're based on actual incidents but how is that relevent if it can encourage people to do a little research of their own if people are that curious, since the main purpose of films made are to entertain and not to say 'this is how it really happened"

Jan 20 - 02:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Of course people should have the skills and training - what's being called 'media literacy' and other critical thinking skills - to be able to make such things irrelevent. But look at how much emphasis, Gibson put into stressing the "accuracy" of his "Passion of the Christ", or the relative accuracy of his "Apocalypto". Obviously he feels it's an important element to keep the integrity of the film. The problem is that all three (including "Braveheart") are blatantly inaccurate, so it goes to what motive Gibson is trying to accomplish. If Mel was honest about taking artistic license for entertainment sake, that would be one thing. He did the opposite. That tells me he wants his audience to take these films seriously as actual history, and that's when it becomes a problem.

Jan 20 - 04:43 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on this Janson because upon watching any of Gibsons directed films did he say this is how it really happened. And to be illiterate shouldn't be an excuse to find out what really happened; according to most Christians(the Salvation Army kind) I've met and asked about who saw "The Passion of the Christ" say this is how it really happened- when Gibson made his own version of "Passion of ..." he was only making it the way he was told when he was going to church, which is obviously going to be different than other churches as opposed to 'atheists' who say that that Jesus never existed at all and then they're the buddhists . I mean in terms of Jesus's final days and I know you're open minded person, there's Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Evangelical etc... and they all have their own different interpretations about Jesus's last days on earth. I mean the reason why "Passion of the ..." did well was because their were more Christians that agreed with Mel's version as opposed to another say "Last Temptation of Christ". If you think that "Passion..." is incorrect then all I'm going to say is that their is always room for more, but the thing is that other Christians from other faiths may not believe it to be true either.

Jan 21 - 01:55 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

In fact, Gibson did strees the movie's accuracy, not just using the vintage languages (I understand Mel is not a fan of Vatican II), but even possibly fabricating a quote from Pope John Paul II - "It is as it was" - supporting the notion of its authenticity (or else a very tepid review from an unimpressed Pope) and providing the papal seal of approval. Except the Vatican officially has denied the Pope ever said such a thing, and it was probably invented for the purpose of being a viable Vatican blurb by one of the film's Vatican advisors. The film was marketed 'as it was', and this authenticity of using the languages, period detail, realistic violence was all in the purpose of emphasizing 'how it was'. In contrast, Scorsese never claimed such a thing with his openly and honestly speculative "Temptation", or Pasolini's "Gospel According to Matthew". But it's not my intention to attack anyone's particular religious beliefs. I'm less sensitive to righteous persecution myths in some religions, but reading some of Gibson's interviews since "Passion", it's clear he has a persecution complex.

Jan 21 - 07:10 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, I'm already aware about the Pope's response to the Mel Gibson's "Passion..." film but since when does someone take the word from the Pope as to be absolute as opposed to someone else's, but the thing is that if the Pope had a say on his version, we both know that it's going to be different and theirs going to be alot of people that's going to say 'that's not how it happened'. And whatever Gibson say on interviews, I cannot really hold him accountable unless I talk to him face to face, I mean we personally don't really know the guy, except that he's an actor/ director and can say one thing and then say something different later!

Jan 23 - 01:46 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I'm gonna have to weigh in on the historical merits of The Passion, as a retelling of the crucifixion Janson is 100% right it's not accurate at all, but as a cinematic representation of Medieval Passion Plays which it really is then it does a much better job with it's accuracy. Unfortunately most of a general audience doesn't realize there's a difference between these two things which is where a lot of the misunderstanding and debate came from which Gibson didn't do a very good job clarifying although he quite obviously understood the difference himself.

Jan 27 - 10:13 AM

StefansZ

Stefans Zvejnieks

I'm not going to say It's the 'worst' list, but I only really enjoyed maybe two on this list. (Let Me In, and True Romance) As a huge fan of westerns (See profile pic) don't get me started on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If you want a Paul Newman flick, go see The Hustler or Cool Hand Luke... Anyways, yeah, I've seen far worse lists. (See any list that puts a Francis Ford Coppola film. The unoriginality... It burns!)

Jan 20 - 01:27 PM

Morgan Work

Morgan Work

One of the worst? Last time I checked, Braveheart won Best Picture. Chloe Moretz and Smit McPhee did an awesome job w/that remake. Haven't seen Cry Baby, but True Romance is awesome, and Butch Cassidy is a true classic. Keep ridin' that short bus Jamie B ;)

Jan 18 - 09:26 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Not all 'Best Picture' winners means that they're all good! I remember seeing some I didn't care too much about, but are still loved by others!

Jan 18 - 02:32 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Look, I didn't say that as an absolute, that some "Best Picture" winners are not that good- I'm just saying that other nominations that were also in the same category can sometimes be better than the ones that won! If you can define yourself as an open minded person and unafraid to watch everything, see also the rest of the films nominated as well! I mean usually, the movies that won for best picture are not always better than other films that were also nominated, subjectively speaking of course!

Jan 20 - 01:00 PM

Dave J

Dave J

@Eric I., besides that I wasn't implying anything, I was just responding to "Morgon W"'s original comment who was saying that as a result of "Braveheart" winning the Oscar for Best Picture is going to mean that the film is always good. I'm just saying that just because 'any' film that wins the Oscar for Best Picture doesn't always mean that everybody who saw it, is going to liked it!

Jan 20 - 02:53 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

@ Eric I - No. Some films are better than others. Some viewers are more experienced than others. Some viewers are not even trying to think while they watch, so what good could their thoughtless opinions possibly be? What is both arrogant and ignorant is the idea that you, the viewer, don't have the responsibility, much less the ability, to discern various qualities of a film - theme, plot, tension, humor, heart - and comparing these qualities to other films and developing TASTE. No one has automatic, subconscious abilities of cinema comprehension. These are skills developed from watching a variaty of different films and understanding why they work or don't work. People who claim that films are 'entirely subjective' tend to be those who don't want to bother articulating why they feel the way they do about a certain film. Hint: it should be more elaborate than "like" or "suck".

Jan 20 - 04:34 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Thanks for the recommendation! I'll check it out.

Jan 18 - 11:22 AM

Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin

I'm afraid you've been trolled my friend. DWW is famous for being long, long, obnoxious, ham-fisted with it's not-so-subtle themes, long, and being the #1 Oscar winning film everyone looks at and says 'Good GOD, what were we smoking in the 90's?'.

Jan 18 - 07:41 PM

Lumbergh Phucter

Jamie Eakins

I'm pretty sure that #1 honor belongs to either Crash or The Greatest Show On Earth.

Jan 18 - 11:53 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Cimarron.
And Dances with Wolves is great

Jan 19 - 10:28 AM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

ROFL.

Jan 18 - 11:23 AM

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