Awais Samdani

Awais Samdani

Awais Samdani is a literary enthusiast.He is a fervid philocalist. His vision is to break conventions , which accost him daily about the certainty of his faith.
Awais Samdani

We Interviewed A Movie Enthusiast “Yassin J. Filahie”, for our interview section.He runs a movie page called Do You Speak Movies on Facebook which is quite popular among youth.

You would love to check out this discussion!!

  1. Film, movie, motion picture, feature, flick, cinema so on so forth are some of the interesting words that have been concocted over the years to term the surreal sequencing of moving images we have all come to know and love. What do you think are some of the ways that ‘it’ has changed the world around us?
For over a century now, Cinema has been playing a major and influencing role in our lives as human beings and in shaping our perception of the world around us. Cinema taught us so many things that parents, books or even universities couldn’t. It opened our eyes to new cultures and showed us that there is more to the world than meets the eye. For example, Cinema made us discover feelings we didn’t know we carried inside us. It also made us witness the pains of others and relate to it. I think the biggest achievement of cinema is bringing us together and breaking the prefixed boundaries we sat to ourselves. True Cinema transcends time, culture, politic, race, and religion… simply because it’s the incarnation of human experience.
  1. Film criticism has gained significant momentum through the passing of each cinematically vibrant decade. This phenomenon has led to the distortion of the audience’s own opinion formation. When making plans to watch any film, would you advise a viewer to develop their own mindset while paying no heed to the critics’ word  or adhere to a reviewer’s preconceived opinion before making a choice?

As a massive movie watcher, I see film criticism as a necessity to the profession of cinema. Every year, almost one thousand films are produced in U.S. only. How does one choose the right film when faced with such huge quantity of all types and genres? I think before a viewer develops their own taste for Cinema, they ought to consider the “experts” point of view. That would not only save them from wasting countless hours on films that will fail to satisfy their artistic thirst, it will also make them develop a certain affinity for details to look at films with an objective eye. So to answer your question, I would advise everybody to follow their instinct when choosing a film without neglecting the critics’ point of view. This will help narrow the choices until we’re left with what really matters to us.

  1. A friend of mine from the filmmaking community once said that we had reached a point in time where the extent and creation of original visual content have been replenished. Most of the content being produced today is either a glossy rendition or recycled variant of something that already exists. Your thoughts? How do you think is the originality still possibly retained?

Unfortunately, your friend has made a very good point with which I completely agree. It is saddening to hear on a regular basis that another masterpiece is being remade or that they are adding a new -unneeded- sequel to some cult/classic film. Are we really this desperate to waste time and money duplicating what has already been done? It’s obvious that we’re beginning to have a serious lack of creativity issue. In my opinion, this is happening mainly because the quantity is shadowing the quality of what’s being produced. Most of the decision makers and studio heads are businessmen. Therefore, they certainly care more about profit and gain than they do about originality. With that being said, I still believe hope is not fully lost. I think there’s plenty of hungry filmmakers out there who respect their audience’s intelligence and who’re willing to contribute and enrich the cinematic legacy. It’s up to us to support them and shade light on their work for them to shine.

4-‘Do You Speak Movies’ has gathered quite a fan-following ever since its conception. What particular cinematic moment in your life led to this film forum’s creation? What unique void does your forum fill which other movie-curating platforms might not?

The creation of “Do You Speak Movies” wasn’t the consequence of one particular cinematic moment. It’s rather the accumulation of love for cinema over the years. This love had to come out one way or another. Growing up with Cinema as main passion in life was of help to acquire and develop an early sensitivity towards it. It was when my friends and family could no longer bear with the discussions and debates I had for them that I decided to direct this energy to a larger community. A community speaking the same language: Movies. Today, I am very proud of our reach with “Do You Speak Movies”. I think we’ve succeeded in bringing together quite a considerable number of followers that are all focused on the same interest. What’s more satisfying is that they don’t shy away from showing their support by interacting and answering whatever subject we present before them. We try not to be as diverse as possible and we do everything to stay away from ridiculousness. No matter what your cinematic tendencies are, you certainly will find something to like in our company.

5-In your view, which era in the history of cinema do you find to be the most vital and, a pinnacle of creativity & innovation thereof? What particular films are the highlights or classics of that said era?

I believe there’s something unique about every period of time. Every decade is a smooth transition for the one to come. Some movies wouldn’t have reached their grandeur under different set of circumstances. With that being said, I think the seventies probably marked the purest era for cinema. It seems like it was the era where cinema attained the pinnacle in every aspect. We can almost find an iconic tittle for every popular cinematic genre in the seventies. For example, in horror we have: The Exorcist, Young Frankenstein… in Sci-Fi we have: Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange… in drama we have: Taxi Driver, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest… In Fantasy we have: Alien, Monty Python and the Holy Grail… In Crime/Thriller we have: The Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico… In Romance/Comedy: Annie Hall, Animal House, Days of Heaven… So yes, I think the seventies were a key decade in the history of cinema. They dictated the path cinema would follow in the ages to come.

6-There are always certain aspects in a film that make it good, bad or great. What features of a film truly makes it outstanding for you? Moreover, which films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?

It goes without saying that a good movie is the combination of many elements. To me, the most important element in a film is the story. Alfred Hitchcock once said: “To make a great film you need three things: the scripts, the script, the scripts.” Because, what is cinema? Cinema is the fine art of storytelling. Sure, we can give a stylish mood to the story, special effects, good music, big budget… but if we don’t have an interesting story to tell, our film will fail to please the audiences and will certainly not be memorable. We all remember the good stories no matter how simple they were. Personally, one of the movies that had a big impact on me was “Dead Poets Society”. I saw the movie at a young age and at the time my personality was “still on the making”. You can imagine the impact a film of that scale had on me with all the messages it carries: “To suck out the marrow of life”…”To live life fully”… “To sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world”… “Dead Poets Society” was a revelation to me and spoke directly to my soul. In addition to increasing the love of literature and poetry in my heart, the film had made me, in a way, a happier person and an adventurous one. To this day, I can still see how the philosophy acquired from “Dead Poets Society” had shaped me the way I am today

7-Enter the 21st century; the director’s torch is continually passed along as we speak. A lot of new blood has risen to the occasion with some enthralling new content and intriguing filmmaking styles. What changes when a filmmaker undertakes an indie approach? How greatly have free-style techniques, multi-layered & character-driven storylines, and genre-bending evolved cinema today?

We’ve talked before about the problem of creativity and originality we’re witnessing in our times. I think indie films could be one of the biggest solutions to this phenomena. When films are being made independently, filmmakers get more liberty to express themselves. This leads us to witness a real manifestation of talent. Indie cinema has helped a lot lately in filling up the gaps left behind by film studios. I think indie films contributes considerably in fighting the artistic stagnation of the cinematographic styles as we know them. We should encourage indies and give them more space in the future.

8-Method acting has become a passionate actor’s true benchmark these days. Actors like Brando pioneered the technique whereas Day-Lewis, Nicholson, Hanks, Streep, De Niro, Whittaker and Bale among others took the craft to a whole new level. What aspects of method acting makes truly shocking yet fascinating? Name some of your favorite jaw-dropping method performances.

One cannot talk about method acting without mentioning the debate regarding it. On the one hand, we have some great actors who have adopted their technic and made it their signature. They took it upon themselves as an obligation to portray their respective characters to the extent of their ability, even if that meant enduring some of their characters pain, loss or grief. On the other hand, we have other great actors who don’t see method acting as an option. To them, acting is the art of pretending and method acting in an unnecessary infection. This did not stop them from craving their names in the walls of history. Personally, I think that Method Acting is a powerful tool that can add a shade of realism to the actor’s performance provided they are initially talented. I am sure that all the people you mentioned in your question would still give a pretty outstanding performance without any use of Method Acting. The fact that they want to accentuate their game by adding authenticity to it is just admirable and courageous. What is shocking though is when the Method Acting is taken too far that it sometimes consumes the actor. Some even lost their lives to it as we well know. Is it worth giving up your life for the sake of art? I personally don’t think so. To name some of my favorite method performances I would go with: -Heath Ledger in ‘The Dark Knight’, of course. -Daniel Day-Lewis in‘Lincoln’ & ‘My Left Foot’. -Marlon Brando in ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ & ‘Godfather’ -Rooney Mara in ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’. -Al Pacino’s ‘Scent of a Woman’. -Christian Bale’s ‘The Machinist’.

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