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What's the film that changed your life?
Here is the list:
Edgar Wright on An American Werewolf in London
Rian Johnson on Annie Hall
Danny Boyle on Apocalypse Now
Bill Condon on Bonnie and Clyde
Richard Kelly on Brazil
Peter Bogdanovich on Citizen Kane
John Dahl on A Clockwork Orange
Henry Jaglom on 8½
Brian Herzlinger on E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Alex Gibney on The Exterminating Angel
Kimberly Peirce on The Godfather
Steve James on Harlan County, USA
Austin Chick on Kings of the Road
Guy Maddin on L’âge d’Or
Michel Gondry on Le voyage en ballon
Michael Polish on Once Upon a Time in America
Arthur Hiller on Rome, Open City
Pete Docter on Paper Moon
Atom Egoyan on Persona
Gurinder Chadha on Purab aur Pachhim and It’s a Wonderful Life
Richard Linklater on Raging Bull
Jay Duplass on Raising Arizona
John Woo on Rebel Without a Cause and Mean Streets
John Landis on The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Kevin Smith on Slacker
Chris Miller on Sleeper
Neil LaBute on The Soft Skin
George A. Romero on The Tales of Hoffmann
Frank Oz on Touch of Evil
I thought It would be cool to see what one film that changed your life and I thought I would make a list to compile all the answers there but please, write a short paragraph on why you chose the film!
Also, I got caught up in the hype of the Marvel movies when I was in elementary school which led to my comic book obsession, because I quickly felt like I was missing out on the big picture and have been following the Marvel comic book universe - and now other universes from different publishers - for some time now. It's kind of my mission to read most of the original comics and familiarize myself with their major developments since, as well as following some characters fully (the Spider-Man character and Avengers teams come to mind foremost).
So mostly certain movies have gotten me into other forms of the characters/universes presented in them. That's not a huge life change until you consider that wants often seem more important to someone's existence than needs.
I think you should also include "The Pianist", "Les Miserable" in the list too.
Then I saw it again about 2 years ago at 25 and realized that it's just as thought provoking, and heart-wrenching, if you really just let yourself be a part of it. Now, for me anyway, it's about letting go of the guilt you feel for things you had no control over, and that's a very important lesson to learn. So I guess you could say it changed the way I looked at life at different times in my life.
I had NO idea what I was getting myself into when I watched this movie. I knew it was animated, so I didn't think it would be so serious. Normally I do not cry during films, and if I do it's like a tear or two but nothing more. After watching this film I literally bawled for 15 minutes after it was over. The amount of depressing emotion tied to this film film is SO overwhelming. It made me look at just how horrible things were back then for the Japanese. I now hardly waste food, because of this film. It also made me active in giving food I don't use away to charities for places where starvation is high.
I don't think a movie has hit me so hard as this one did.
Then there was City Lights. The silent comedy, the black and white jewels of old, the iconic little tramp, and the genius of Charles Chaplin. Yes I can say this movie changed my life for opening new horizons like The Godfather did.
But if there was a movie that kinda changed me or at least made me have a different look at humanity and life, it was Into The Wild. So inspiring. Not for the insane journey into the wild, but for the exceptional journey of self-discovery and masterfully directed piece of cinema that made it so real.
The next one would have to be when I saw "Pulp Fiction" when I was 15 it blew my mind and made me see movie making in a whole new light. Also, I gained a huge amount of respect for the film making by QT. There are other amazing films but I will go into those later. Thank you very much :)
It was the movie that made me get really into watching movies, and seeing as I saw The Dark Knight before I saw Batman Begins, it was also the movie that redemeed Batman again for me after the bad ones from the 90's. I love Batman. I remember leaving the theater thinking nothing but "Wow. Wow. Wow". I was speechless.
My favorite has to be Fight Club. It was the first movie that I really, really, REALLY loved and it made the biggest impression on me. The watching experience was mind blowing, which doesn't happen too ofter for me. Something about the movie just clicked for me and I like to think that it changed the way I look at things. Not to mention that it's well made and it's just genius. It's the biggest reason why I watch movies, and I always want to find movies that make me feel the way Fight Club did. Fight Club was an instant classic in my mind and the first viewing experience is something I will never forget.
Because it's so shocking, violent, but also beautiful.
Great Directing, Acting, Music, Visual, Dialogues...
I think no one could make a film like this again. BEST FILM EVER.
"Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone."
Here's my choise: The Godfather
I have felt just once ’first sight love’ in my life, so far. That moment happened to me when I saw The Godfather very first time. Then I realized that cinema isn’t just entertainment – it’s an art. I remember that I expect very much from movie, which was ranked so high in every single movie website. But one thing was sure, I couldn’t expect nothing like that one piece of cinematic art. After little bit more than three hours (commercial breaks) when I started to watch film, I was just watching the screen without any mind about what I just saw. After the first time I saw it, I didn’t understand the story 100% completely, but I knew that I had found a new love into my life – films.
After The Godfather I’ve seen hundreds of classics and great films but any of them couldn’t beat that one perfect work that isn’t the greatest movie of all time with no reason. Every single part of this movie is perfect or as nearly as possible. The first viewing experience was something that showed me that pictures includes something deeper than things that ‘popcorn films’ shows us.
(They make covers of popular New Wave (post-punk) songs like "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "The Killing Moon", etc in lounge. A couple examples http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeaO0ZidQgc , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH3x1PSYcm8 I still love some of their songs.)
I googled then and accidentally found out about a french movement under the same title. I think it was Vivre Sa Vie that I've seen first. After that i got more and more interested in art films. Today I'm not that much fascinated by Godard films of 60s. Bergman's Persona was that film which somehow was able to find a deeper connection with me.
I grew up in th 80s and movies were mostly about hairsprays, early special effects and Beverly Hills Cop. When I saw Errol Flynn gatecrashed into Prince John's party with a royal deer over his shoulders laughing out loud and blinking at Olivia De Havilland, that was the moment I fell in love with classic movies. The greatest thing about this is---there are treasure chests of old movies to discover.
I think this is a perfect film.I may say that this is the film really interesting and awesome.The mood of the film there are very tense and brutal good scenes in movie.What increase the interest.This film was my first big love.Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale are fascinating.This reason, how I started expressing an interest in the films.So I may say that this film changed my life.
it's the film that made me appreciate cinema and to watch more aesthetically rewarding flicks. still my fave film of all time!
When I was a kid movies never really interested me. I think it was mainly becuase I never really watched a lot of movies that weren't Disney cartoons. But when I was ten my mom bought me E.T. and it changed my life. I loved it! I laughed, I cried, it was amazing. After, I immidiately went out and found all the Steven Spielgberg films I could find, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park and, my now all time favorite movie: "Back to the Future" (I know he didn't direct it, but it said Spielberg on the DVD, and that's the only reason I watched it). E.T. is the movie that turned me into the cinephile I am today, and it will always be "right here".
Has been and always will be my all-time favourite film, and it clearly shows that film IS art.
Gattaca - For its message that you can achieve your dreams no matter the odds and despite whatever obstacles may lay in your path, as long as you have the will to do so, to persevere, to overcome all barriers... even if they are your own genes.
October Sky - Another film that says to follow your heart, to follow your dreams. If you find something you love, do everything you can to make that part of your life. No matter how hard it seems to reach your goal, persevere, overcome, travel to the ends of the earth, and maybe, maybe you can reach the stars.
The Pianist - To love, not hate. There can be so much pain, if that is how you choose to make the world, but why would you possibly want to? Have empathy, have sympathy. Respect others, be tolerant. Be open to others' views, and if they're different, just live and let live, as long as no one suffers or gets hurt. Life is not about you, it is about us, we are all in this together. Treat others how you would wish to be treated, because you reap what you sow. Pain, begets only more pain.
It was at that point that I became a cinema obsessive. I'd never seen somethnig so... unique. I realized what powers cinema held at that point, and I haven't looked back since
I was changing channels looking for something to see when...I saw this liitle white guy talking to the camera. It immediately cought my attention. Needless to say, that film was Annie Hall. It completely changed my life. Not only it showed me real comedy but it introduced me to the future love of my life Woody Allen. it sounds weird but Woody Allen is the love of my life, my everything. Shortly, he's my idol. I will be forever grateful to the TV channel TV 1000. Oo, and Diane Keaton.
The second movie that changed my life is a classic. The great "The Philadelphia Story". True classic. It changed my life for 2 reasons: 1.I finally discovered the classic rom-com
2.It introduced to me to the greatest actors of all time: Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart, now my favorite actors of all time (and Cary Grant of course). The greatest actors indeed. Not to say the director George Cukor. One of my favorite movies of all time and a truly classic.
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"No man's land"
I will never even think of touching drugs after that
After seeing stunning visuals, I chose the same professional field.
It was like a special occasion when they showed it on T.V. once a year. Everyone in the family wanted to watch it together. I don't think even Pixar movies have achieved that status, although maybe they would if people could only see them on T.V. once a year.