|"In four films, please."|
“Just one condition,” I said. “No Star Wars, 'cos it's too obvious.”
This got a rise from her. “You HAVE to say Star Wars, because there is no more obvious film than that!”
Sigh. Okay then, Star Wars it is — Film Number One (1)! And, in fact, with the latest (final?) installment of Mr. Skywalker's adventures the choice seems even more obvious. Like him, I increasingly find myself wanting nothing so much as to be left alone in a comfortable chair.
“Alright, is there a particular concert movie or band doc that defines you?”
Wow — so many greats to choose from. RUSH, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and more recently Devin Townsend.
I squirmed uncomfortably, and said, “Actually, if there's a music doc that defines me best it is almost certainly . . .”
Here's the truth: the first rock music I listened to was Christian Rock. Here's another confession: even though I jettisoned 99% of my Christian Rock library in the early '90s, I remained game to attend Cornerstone Festival — the Lollapalooza of Christian Rock.
I never managed it — but Vickie Hunter and Heather Whinna did. I couldn't say which one of them is agnostic and who is the atheist, but they both have such an open spirit they get attendees and acts alike to speak freely about the aesthetic and moral tensions that hamstring their enjoyment of, and attempts at, artistic expression. Watching it 14 years later, this film doesn't just define where I come from — it does a disturbingly good job of defining the current cultural moment as well. It's on YouTube.
“What is your favourite love story?”
Easy! It's . . .
“Okay, we need a writer film. Barton Fink?”
|Ooo! Another obvious choice, perhaps...|
|“I write by myself, for myself, in publications nobody reads.”|
I do not tag people, but I would love to hear what four films define you (no, really). Comment or link below, svp.