Our movie fan of the week is Bill Georgaris writer and webmaster of the blog They Shoot Pictures, Don’t’ They?
Q. Was there a particular film that sparked your interest in writing about movies? If so, what movie and why?
A. No, not one. What sparked me putting together They Shoot Pictures, Don't they? was just wanting to bring to the fore as many neglected or under-appreciated filmmakers and films as possible. For example, lesser-known Hollywood filmmakers such as Mitchell Leisen, Jacques Tourneur, William Dieterle, Robert Siodmak and others deserve to be spoken and written about as much as the revered masters (Ford, Welles, Hawks, etc.)
Q. What is your most memorable movie moment?
A. Many memorable moments. Too hard to nominate just one. Seeing Frank Borzage's "Man's Castle" for the first time affected me deeply. Also, entering the world of Robert Bresson made me change the way I looked and analyzed films. Less really is more. Sometimes the most memorable moments aren't actually good experiences. The horror of Baz Luhrmann's aesthetically-alienating "Moulin Rouge!" is memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Q. Movie theater or home...where do you prefer to watch movies?
A. Outside of attending film festivals, my home - for the most part - has now become my local cinema. Thanks to bigger TV's and the recent splurge in quality cinema available on DVD and BluRay, the home-viewing experience is starting to feel rather cinema-like. I certainly don't miss the audience clatter or the projection issues at many screenings. Additionally, my cats prefer me to be home.
Q. What is your favorite movie quote?
A. I love the narration in "Blast of Silence" (1961). Example: "A killer who doesn't kill, gets killed." It's a gritty, low-budget noir that deserves a wider audience. In general, my favorite dialogue comes from the tough, hard-boiled American films of the 40s and 50s. There are literally thousands of cracking one-liners that grace those films.
Q. How many movies do you think you’ve watched in your lifetime?
A. I'm one of those sad sacks that actually keeps a 'log' of all the films I've seen. At the moment, my tally sits somewhere between 8,000 to 9,000 films.
Q. What movies are you most looking forward to seeing later this year?
A. There's always plenty to look forward to. "The Master" and Haneke's "Amour" are two that spring to mind. The prospect of another Malick (despite the response to date) is also an 'event'. I'm also a music lover, and I am looking forward to two music documentaries "Lawrence of Belgravia" (a profile of Lawrence Hayward) and "Searching for Sugar Man" (a profile of Rodriguez).
Q. What type of movies are you typically drawn to and why?
A. These days, quieter ones. Films that treat their audiences with respect. I don't like films that over-emphasise a theme or a message. I like genre films, but I don't like obvious film-making. A good example of this is Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly", which is for the most part a pretty decent crime film. However, there is one scene - in particular - in which Ben Mendelsohn's character is in the process of getting high. The soundtrack to this scene is "Heroin" by The Velvet Underground. This is such an obvious choice of music. It made me cringe. Subtlety should be a director's best friend.
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