Saturday, 29 March 2014

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Films of your life: Screenwriter Dominique Haider

A "Films of Your Life" Post featuring Writer Dominique Haider. From Jack Nicholson to Big Trouble in Little China #FOYL

Films of your life is a series of posts where certain people get a chance to tell us a little about the films that have affected their lives. I have asked people from the Film world, other bloggers and people associated with the Podcasts.

In todays Films of your life #FOYL I asked Screenwriter and Filmmaker Dominique Haider. Dominique co wrote the short film "The Dinner Party" with Emilia Reid and starring "Downton Abbey's" Hugh Bonneville.

A Film from your Childhood that sticks with you
One film that always sticks out for me is Tim Burtons- Beetlejuice . Like most children I was more attracted to films that weren't necessarily made for my age group. I remember being completely mesmerized by Beetlejuice and its unapologetic gothic and macabre humor. It was visually rich, with a great ensemble of characters and was like nothing I had ever seen before in my life. It was like Disney for cynical grownups and that spoke to me as a child (ha) and still to this day I really want to own all of the suits Beetlejuice wore in the film.

A Film that you could watch on a loop
As Good As It Gets I have watched on loop many a time. It’s a perfectly simple story that I always felt had the right balance of bitter sweetness. I am very attracted to stories where the main character is essentially a flawed one, and this film has that in spades. Nicholson’s character suffers from OCD and tries to make the world fit around him, which in day to day life becomes a constant struggle, and with that he also battles with his feelings for a woman he is madly in love with but is incapable of being kind to as well as having to reluctantly care for his gay neighbor who has fallen on hard times. It’s a film with a strong mind and a good heart and never fails to deliver for me. Also, Jack Nicholson is a hero of mine and his portrayal of’ Melvin’ is one of my favourite performances of his.

A Film that still makes you cry
Oh without fail, Cinema Paradiso. One of the most beautiful and heartfelt films I have ever seen, I was a mess at the end scene (which I won’t give away) but it is accompanied by a beautiful score by Enrio Morricone which only aids the emotion. I totally recommended anyone to see it, I do recommend tissues.

A Film you would most like to have been the main character in
Ellen Ripley in all the Alien Movies- especially Aliens. Great film, great suspense, great action sequences and quotes, plus she’s an absolute warlord. Not to get all women’s studies on you, but that character was one of the first female action protagonists and plays a significant role in cinema. So she isn't just a great film character, but she is also an icon in cinema as a whole. Who wouldn't want to be that?

A Film that you love but others hate
Big Trouble in Little China. My brother and I grew up with that film in the background and we know it word for word. It’s so much fun, even if most people think its rubbish. If you love martial arts, action, comedy, supernatural fantasy and Kurt Russell then this is literally your Karma Sutra.

Thank you Dominique for taking part in #FOYL. check out the Podcast I recorded with herself and Emilia Reid about their short film "The Dinner Party"

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