Fun Fridays – Director’s Favourite Films – Brett Ratner and David Gordon Green (but not a film list)

Hello Film Doctor friends.

Is everybody enjoying the sun? Or air conditioned cinemas?!

As you know, our “Monday Prescriptions”  and “Fun Fridays” have had a little hiatus, but we’re back and here’s a little something to honour this weekend’s release of  “Hercules” and “Joe”.

Brett Ratner

Hercules director, Brett Ratner (producer of “Horrible Bosses”, director “X-Men: The Last Stand” has selected 5:

And recently, Ratner took to Twitter to list his favourite actors which included John Cassavetes, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and… Bollywood super star,  Shah Rukh Khan!

Director David Gordon Green and Nicholas Cage

Honoring the second release of this Friday, “Joe”, we’re sharing an interview with its Director, David Gordon Green ,  (“Pineapple Express”, “Prince Avalanche”) in which he discuss his work and love for the film’s star Nicolas Cage

And here are some movies picked by Nicolas Cage himself (as first mentioned in Rotten Tomatoes, 2011)

  • “East Of Eden” (1955, dir. Elia Kazan) – “[…] the reason why I became an actor in movies.  East of Eden, with James Dean, and A Streetcar Named Desire, with Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. The performance by James Dean — the scene specifically where he tries to give his father, played by Raymond Massey, the money from selling the beans on his birthday, and he’s rejected — it broke my heart; it was not like anything I’d experienced before, in terms of art, and I’d seen a lot of movies at that point. I was 15, and I’d seen Bergman’s Seventh Seal and Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits and Welles’ Citizen Kane — great films, but when I saw Dean in that, it really put the hook in me because I felt like him and I knew then the power of film acting, and I knew then what I wanted to be, what I wanted to do to try to move people with motion pictures.”
  • “Streetcar Named Desire” (1951, dir. Elia Kazan) – Yes, I admired Marlon Brando and I know that he influenced James Dean and he really kind of changed the world of film acting with his naturalistic style, but it was because of Vivien Leigh’s performance as Blanche DuBois that I would put that as one of my favorite movies; because of her dialog, the Tennessee Williams dialog, the music, Kazan’s direction, and Vivien Leigh’s delivery of lines like — I?m paraphrasing — but when she says, “the human heart, how can that be straight?”, you know. It was such a powerfully vulnerable, tragic performance that I have to put that on the top five, because that movie held that performance.”
  • “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick) – “[…] it is so enigmatic, it is so poetic, and it remains a mystery to me, even today where I can view it annually, three times a year, and still find something new in it. I’m still mystified by it. It achieved this status of being eternal in a way that didn’t rely heavily on performance; it was the special effects, the music. The fact that it was a success, that it was a commercial success, and it challenged every critic — many critics didn’t get it — so it was really ahead of its time. Nothing’s been ever quite like it again”
  • “A Clockwork Orange” (1971, dir. Stanley Kubrick) – Because of Malcolm McDowell I’m gonna go into A Clockwork Orange, because that was the other great teenage performance, along with James Dean in East of Eden. Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of the subject of violence and the mystery of nature and to go against out natures and what is or isn’t necessary, and what is the true evil, and all of these questions that came out of the absurdist and evocative film that is ‘Clockwork Orange’, again, is everlasting. And also his lighting: even today when you look at some of the stills from the movie, when they’re in the Milk Bar, it looks like virtual reality and I don’t know how he did it — he was really a master of light.”

Film Doctor Joe-2014 movie poster

“Joe” opens in key UK cinemas this Friday, 25th July. 

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