Film Studies 1

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Paul Kessler
Film Studies 1800

When I think of myself as a moviegoer, I generally describe myself as a well-rounded movie enthusiast. I like to see many different kinds of movies ranging from foreign films like “La Vie en Rose” to comedies like “Anchorman” and anything in between. When I think about what influences me when I choose a movie to go see, I think my background has a lot to do with the choice. My dad is a huge action film buff. He’s not so much a Bruce Willis “Diehard” kind of guy, but more of a “James Bond,” “Star Trek,” or John Wayne fan. So naturally, I saw a lot of those movies growing up, but I also saw a lot of great comedies like “Caddy Shack” or “Grumpy Old Men”. My dad really has a sense of humor like that. Late in high school, he even introduced me to “Porky’s” which is still one of my favorite comedies to date. When it comes to my taste in foreign films, I’ve always described myself as European at heart. I love watching soccer, Formula 1 and cycling. I’ve learned Spanish, Latin and French, so movies in those languages have always been useful to me, as I have learned those languages. The movies also provide a peak into the culture of foreign countries and foreign cinema. Despite my father’s love of Western films, I was never attracted to them. I saw them more as a dying breed of film and I embraced the nutty comedies like “Ace Ventura” and epic sci-fi movies like “Star Wars” with ease. When it comes to westerns, I think that you have to grow up with them and have friends to watch them with, and unfortunately for my dad, none of my friends ever really got into westerns either. For this assignment, I have chosen to see the movie “Looper.” The movie excites me because it looks like a great mix of science fiction and action. It takes the concept of time travel and looks like it puts a new spin on it, and who hasn’t ever thought about traveling through time? Expectations-wise, I feel like the movie is...
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