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Apr 04 2013

Reader Spotlight: Zé Vozone

We're getting to know The Film Experience community with little spotlights on YOU the readers.亚博主页Here's Zé from Portugal who you've talked to in the comments section as he's a regular.

What's your earliest movie memory?

: The dinner scene inIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,what with the beetle hors d'oeuvres and the "chilled monkey brains".I live for Kate Capshaw's histrionics in that scene and throughout the whole movie.

Your three favorite directors?

: Roman Polanski,David Lynch and John Cassavetes

When did you start reading The Film Experience?亚博主页

During the 2006 Oscar season.I had always been a huge movie and awards buff and in that year I was particularly outraged that Helen Mirren (who I nevertheless thought was wonderful inThe Queen) was steamrolling what I thought was one of the best Lead Actress line-ups ever.So more than ever I started looking up "second opinions"on the matter and eventually ran into The Film Experience,亚博主页where you had just awarded Meryl the gold medal forPrada.I loved the weekly charts for each category and the more I explored the more I came to appreciate such a witty,unpretentious and most of all passionate take on cinema,its history and the inevitably love/hate affair we have with The Academy Awards.

I've always loved the special care you give to actressing without ever disregarding other aspects of moviemaking.I do admit having a bit of nostalgia when I go dig for old posts.Speaking of which,the quartet withyou,Joe,Katey and Nick on podcastis one of the msot delightful online experiences out there.I still crack up thinking about that mess of the 2008/2009 awards season and those back-to-back Globe/SAG podcasts,with Nick being pissed off at Salma Hayek for going all "there she is.my sister.my friend.it's an honour to be presenting this movie on which my soulmate's in"to everything Penelope Cruz-related and how Meryl reenacted the running through the woods scene inMamma Mia!after beating Kate Winslet at the SAGs.The best!

Nick is too funny.Speaking ofthatmoment...which 3 movies makeyourunning screaming like Meryl,filled with crazy joy?

I have to go with bothBefore SunriseandBefore Sunset.Can we count them as one?They're so different though...I watched both back to back whenSunsetcame out and I was like 16,and for a while I was in the narrow camp which preferred the whole naive and carefree vibe ofSunrise.As the years have gone by though it's beenSunsetthat keeps hitting home.I don't think I've seen any other movie where a feeling and the chemistry between the two leads remains so intact 9 years after the first was made.It's mesmerizing that they made that specific format work.

Zé's first actress crush reveals...awesome taste!

Same Time,Next Yearused to be a (random) favorite of mine when I was a kid.I watched it like a gazillion times and again the uncomplicated nature with which those two characters so genuinely enjoyed each other's company really moved me.Ellen Burstyn was the first of my (many) actress crushes.I was 8 or 9 when I watchedAlice Doesn't Live Here Anymorefor the first time,and that was probably the moment the Oscars really started meaning something to me as my mom told me she had won.亚博主页

I can't not talk aboutEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.At first I found it extremely depressing even though I kept watching it.I thought that ending was so disencouraging,that yeah you just have to deal with the fact that you can't live without a relationship which is way past its expiration date.But now I have a brighter take on being dependable and that needing someone is can actually be a sweet thing.

I'm seeing a weird pattern in these three...so I'm going to sayThe Witches."You may remove...YOUR VIGS!"


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I think it's so cool that you got into the Oscars thanks to Alice.亚博主页Ellen's victory was the first Oscar telecast I ever watched.I still remember sitting there by my mom.I don't really remember the Best Actress category because at the time I was obsessed with The Towering Inferno and Murder On the Orient Express.

April 4,2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I love the love for Same Time Next Year.I thought I was the only one with a weird fixation on it.Whenever the subject of screen romances come up,that one always tops my list.

April 4,2013 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

I'm going to make such fun of him here in Lisbon!!But nice one Zé.

April 4,2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoaoVB

Ha,a fellow Portuguese!É bom saber que ainda há muitos por cá ;)

Love the love for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Eternal Sunshine,and excellent picks for fav directors.Especially Cassavetes,who I feel is very underrated these days by the film community at-large.

April 4,2013 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

Nice,a Portuguese!Isto só prova que estamos em todo o lado!:D

What are your 3 favorite Portuguese movies?

April 5,2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

A fellow Portuguese TFE reader,how wonderful!
I love what you wrote about Eternal Sunshine...since I kind of have a similar relationship with that film.

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