Hello Film Doctor friends.
With his directorial debut, “This Is The End” (starring Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride playing fictional versions of themselves) hitting the cinema screens today, the Film Doctor team takes a look at what has inspired him along the way:
– “The Big Lebowski” (1998, dir. Joel Coen) – “Obviously amazing. It’s hilarious. I can watch it over and over. Unbelievably funny.” (Seth Rogen in interview for Rotten Tomatoes.com, 2008)
– “Ghostbusters” (1984, dir. Ivan Reitman) – “That was just good ol’ high-concept fun. Evan (Goldberg) and I always like to take ridiculous situations and handle them as though they were real. That’s kind of where the idea of Pineapple Express came from. These ridiculous action movie situations and you handle it just how two idiots would handle it. And that’s kind of what Ghostbusters did. It’s a ridiculous concept but it was handled very much, “How would four dudes do that, you know?” And it’s great. I love that movie.”
– “The Last Detail” (1973, dir. Hal Ashby) – “I saw that more recently in life. Hal Ashby shoots very simply. He kind of takes a step back and shoots stuff as it happens. Things are never about the shot, you know? It’s always about the joke. It’s never about how the camera moves. That’s a very interesting style. Superbad is very Last Detail-ish. We wrote Superbad before we saw Last Detail, but after we saw it, it helped clarify what we were going for, I think.”
– “Total Recall” (1990, dir. Paul Verhoeven) – “Total Recall’s just f–king rad. And super violent. That movie is a good indicator that you can take things much farther than you think you could. [Laughs.] And they will strike a chord with the mainstream, I think. That movie goes really far. It’s pretty crazy. I love Paul Verhoeven. He’s the man.”
– “Goodfellas” (1990, dir. Martin Scorsese) – “I just love that movie. It’s a rad movie. It’s beautiful.”Join us on FACEBOOK or TWITTER and sign up to our emails on the right hand side for articles straight to your inbox. Any questions/thoughts/experiences of your own??? Leave a comment below! Have a great week! The Film Doctor Team Check out our other FUN FRIDAYS. Check out our SERVICES.