Describe a film that you have recently seen.
You should say:
A film that I saw recently was called The Passion of the Christ. I was in my hometown when I saw it when it first came out a few years ago.
The film was about the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life on earth. It showed when he was in the garden before he was captured and brought before a trial all the way up to when he was crucified and rose up again from out of the grave. It was actually quite moving because the director, Mel Gibson, actually put his own money into making the picture, so he was able to just do it the way that he wanted it done. This movie caused quite an uproar when it was realised as some people really loved it and others hated it. It was in the news for a long time with a lot of debating going on over it. It ended up making quite a bit of money for Mel Gibson.
Everything about it was very beautiful, from the cinematography to the actual scenery. The acting was top-notch. I think the main actor deserved an Academy Award but anyway I enjoyed it very much. One of the hardest scenes for me to watch in the movie was where .Jesus gets whipped before he is crucified. It was so realistic and I had to hide my eyes.
1 What kind of films is the most popular in your country?
Well Hollywood blockbusters are very popular here, film like Titanic and Saving Private Ryan. Also Hongkong films are very popular because the stars are well known here. Kungfu films are popular because this art form originated here. Of course love stories are very popular as well as historical films.
2 Do old people and young people like watching the same kinds of films? (Compare the differences.)
Well I think that old people like to watch stories about their country since they wore so involved in this time period. They also like to watch a variety of programmes that show the native singing and dancing from different regions in my country. Young people on the other hand go for the foreign films, as I already mentioned. There are some films that both young and old like to watch such as historical movies.
3. What do you think people can learn from watching films? (or should films be considered as entertainment only?)
Oh I think that people can learn so much from films. You know there is an old saying that goes “A wise man learns from his mistakes, but a wiser learns from the mistakes of others.” Just by watching a movie and seeing what a character does in certain circumstances, you know whether you should do something or not. You can see picturesque sceneries that you might not be able to see if it were not for movies. So definitely, you can learn from watching films.
4. To what extent do you think films reflect real life?
Well it is a big argument that has been around for a long time. Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? I believe that each reflects on the other. Sometimes films observe life and comment on it and sometimes life observes film and imitates it . Film is a powerful medium and brings many parts of life to the public for observation.
5. Do you think that film stars deserve the large incomes that some of them receive?
From my viewpoint, celebrities deserve as much money as they make per movie or episode. Though actors have a choice to choose between their roles, but once they have signed something, they have to completely work their socks off to reach the director’s expectations. They help the director achieve his dream and only when they are paid, they give their best. Besides, acting is work, and unlike many jobs, it requires real skill. There’s a definite difference in quality between actors of different skill levers. That being said, it’s hard to justify some of the outrageous price tags of the most famous actors. These are not necessarily being paid for their skill, but for their fame and ability to bring people into theatres. At a certain level, film watchers ‘re paying for fame instead of talent.
6 What do you think about censorship?
I believe in it. I think that some of the stuff that is available to the public is just pure garbage. Not censoring would be like allowing garbage to be strewn around your living room. I believe in freedom of speech but I believe that also goes along with a sense of responsibility of who would be around to hear it. Some things are just nor all audiences. Maybe censorship can go too far but if you have a good balance in what is censored it is not such a bad thing.
7. Should films be classified before release?
Of course this goes along with my previous answer. It is considered that there are certain types of content and portrayal that should be prohibited like sexual acts accompanied by offensive perversion. Besides, I hope that you don’t think that I am being too negative on this subject but realistically speaking expanding the ratings of classifications would not be a bad idea. I think that the rating system is too simplistic and many more guidelines and ways to classify movies are long overdue.
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