What Got This Director Here?: Cinema Paradiso and that’s it.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A
What Did I Watch: Cinema Paradiso.
Where Does He Fit: Cinema Paradiso is pretty decent when it’s in the realm of pure fantasy, but the fact that so many people worship this movie is a little embarrassing to me in the same vein of certain other white male favorites. It’s a kid’s movie…until it is not. The titular theater shows such a wide variety of movies that realism is basically out the window from the get-go, especially with twee stuff like a kid saying “Christmas!” when asked what 5 x 5 is, but we still get a banal love story about class and careers and whatnot. I didn’t dislike it at all, but the broad acclaim…well, Roland Emmerich has called it a favorite. Enough said. This is playing to the rafters.
Most Valuable Asset: Fantasy.
Most Excited For: Uhhhh.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: No.
Coming Up Next: Star Wars sequel worker, Irvin Kershner.