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As far as my taste in movies, well the real meat of my taste falls into a few main categories.
1. Japanese movies(and a lesser interest in Asian films in general)- I've been watching Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kobayashi, and my personal favorite Kihachi Okamoto. I've been trying to get a more up-to-date idea of the evolution that Japanese movies have gone through since their beginning. I'm still looking for some of the better '80s Japanese movies like Crazy Family and have recently begun studying some of the contemporary Japanese film makers like Miike Takashi and Beat Takeshi, still looking for films by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
2. Morbid/Depressing movies- These brands of films I got hooked on after watching Requiem for a Dream, which spurred me on to discover directors that have complete control over their audio/visual medium to overwhelm the audience with their bleak vision. David Lynch is the master of this to me and every so often if I have a spare moment I make visiting friends watch the scene in Mullholand Dr. where the psychologist and his client have to go behind the building to confront the "dream guy". Never fails to freak people out. Other notables in this categoy are people like Lars von Triers, Gasper Noe, and David Cronenberg.
Criterion Collection is my drug of choice, but its an expensive habit to feed...
Now if only I can get that special edition Brazil, or the new Eraserhead dvd that Lynch has on his site. My best hope on getting Japanese movies would probably be just to move there and learn the language that way I don't have to wait for studios here to buy the rights, remake it and then release the original.
YES I'M LOOKING AT YOU MIRAMAX.
Maybe I'll redo this later and try to make it interesting or at least give it some kind of order... Maybe I'll just sleep.
We Are Wizards (2008)
Charming Documentary on Harry Potter Fans
I was lucky enough to see this at the South by Southwest film festival and absolutely loved it. The film consists mainly of interviews with prominent members in the Harry Potter fan community. Celebrities within their own field who tell of how they became enmeshed in the HP community and how it affected them. Ranging from the life-affirming to the heart-breaking, sometimes within the same interview, the film sought to truly connect the film with its audience.
At the time of seeing the film, I had only seen the HP movies as they came out, had never read the books and wouldn't have considered myself anything more than a casual fan. The film goes that extra mile and allows itself to care for its subjects who include(if I remember): the site admin for the website, the leaky cauldron(a source of information to fans), the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters, and most entertainingly, web demigod and animator Brad Neely among many others. The film also goes into the confrontations fans had with media giant Warner Brothers over the right to make Harry Potter themed creations and a family whose extremely young sons make up the wiz rock band The Hungarian Horntails and the sons write their own songs. You can't help yourself but laughing and embracing these people for doing exactly what it is that inspires them.
Although the documentary on fans always elicits the 'Trekkies' comparison, We Are Wizards doesn't take the same road that Trekkies did. Trekkies had a bad habit of embracing its fans with an aside snigger. We Are Wizards, however allows itself to genuinely care about its subjects and to dare you to do so as well.
The kind of documentary that really brightens the rest of the day. If you have the chance go see it, if not lets all hope for a DVD release! Very highly recommended even for non-Harry Potter fans.
Scare Tactics (2003)
Probably the most entertaining reality show
As everyone has become all too conscious of, "reality" tv is scraping the bottom of the bowl to come up with premises for shows now, however this is one reality show that is entertaining(at least) to watch. Honestly it's despicable, low-down, and often times in poor taste, but it is technically a TRUE reality. The fact that you are seeing people completely scared out of their mind is the only reason to watch it. These people don't have the time to connive into another episode or put on a pretty face for the camera. The poor souls on this show are sometimes so close to hysteria that the producers end the skit prematurely.
When faced with watching elimidate, survivor, or queer eye, I'd have to cast my vote for Scare tactics. If nothing else I would award it with the title of most entertaining reality show.