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- Leitrim, Ireland
- Favorite Movies:
- Ran,Chinatown,Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes),Dersu Uzala,Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime),The Godfather, Part II,The Conversation,L'Avventura,Apocalypse Now Redux,The Last Waltz,Killer of Sheep,Magnolia,The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,Into the Wild,Paris, Texas,2001: A Space Odyssey,The Lives of Others,The Elephant Man,Léon: The Professional,The Royal Tenenbaums,Pulp Fiction,Rashômon,The Straight Story,Being There,Network,The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
- Favorite Actors:
- Brendan Gleeson,Natalie Portman,Toshiro Mifune,Steve Buscemi,Jennifer Connelly,Bill Murray,John Hurt,Jack Nance,Harry Dean Stanton,Mary Elizabeth Winstead,Monica Vitti,Tony Sirico,John Goodman,Helena Bonham Carter,Peter Serafinowicz
- Films can be joyful or joyless experiences depending on your mood, but it can also depend on the film's coherhence, clarity and entertainment value. As with any artistic endevour, greatness can be assumed if all the ingredients are added to the mix in the appropriate measure. This has happened with many films that have been produced the world over ever since the turn of the 20th century. It so happens that in every period of history and from across many geographical boundaries, a number of great films will reach our viewership despite the large volumes of profit-seeking and mediocre ones that come our way week in week out. In my view, the constituents that make up a good film are depth, story-lore, intelligence, humour (of any kind), a knowledge of history and above all, it should not be condescending. A great film on the other hand must take all these and then more. What actually distinguishes a great film for me is its ability to find another level for the viewer...the unrealised aspect i.e. the transcendental effect of a personal experience, never intended initially by the director, producers or cast of that film. Each of our interpretations of a film are unique, and that is the one truly brilliant thing about going to the movies?