Describe a film that made you think a lot.
You should say:
What it was
When you saw it
What it was about
And explain why it made you think a lot
A film that made me think a lot was the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. It’s a film set in a mental institution in the United States. The leading character is a man called Randle, played by Jack Nicholson, and he is admitted to the mental home after serving a short sentence on a prison farm. On arriving at the mental institute he instantly gets along really well with the other patients, in a very amusing and mischievous manner – he connects with them on an emotional level as well, and starts to help them deal with their issues. He constantly runs into conflicts with the staff at the mental home and they have trouble trying to control him. As the plot evolves he becomes more and more cantankerous and mischievous and gets up to all sorts of antics. Personally, it touched me because it shows how an individual who is very different to the conventional norms of society can actually touch the hearts and minds of others in a profound and moving way. It’s a movie that speaks of independence, creativity and freedom in an unusually touching and moving way. I saw the film with my college friends in our dormitory when we were studying a short course in American Cinema with a foreign teacher at university. We had to do a few assignments based on this film and a few others. I really enjoyed the course actually, and I learned about how cinema has influenced western thought and morality in some curious ways.
1. How do you define a good film?
I think a good film has an interesting theme, a strong plot, and engaging and inspiring characters. I also think that a good film needs to teach us something or inspire us in some way – if you remember a film for years after watching it, and it has had some influence on you then I’d say this is a decent definition of a good film.
2. Is film industry important in your country?
Yes, my country has come on in leaps and bounds with its film industry. Although in my honest opinion I think we are copying the Hollywood model too much and films are losing their sense of real meaning. But, yes, the film industry is a big industry in China and an important part of our modern cultural developments.
3. What kinds of films are popular in your country?
All sorts of films. Hollywood blockbusters, action movies, superhero movies, crime and detective, police dramas, romance… Lots of different genres, really. If I was asked which are the most popular out of all of these, I’d have to say Hollywood Blockbuster action films and superhero movies. These are still really popular with Chinese young people.
4. Why are special effects often used in some movies?
Special effects are used to create a lot of films, especially films that are about fantasy, or in the superhero genre. Also special effects are so lifelike today that they can make the impossible possible – I mean, you can have real space scenes, huge battle scenes and all sorts of things without having to actually set these things up with real people or real props and studio sets – you can do it all on the computer, which sometimes can also save money.