Frequently Asked Questions (2016)

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Why is the name “4 Star Films?”

I am a film enthusiast but I try and focus on high-quality films. Although any rating system is highly subjective and flawed, I attempt to hone in on those titles commonly rated 4 Stars and above by fans and critics. There is such a thing as a bad film, so I try and focus on ones with historical significance, entertainment value, artistic merit and a lens into humanity (To be perfectly honest, I never loved the name but I also never came up with anything better. It stuck).

What is the purpose of this blog?

The site does have a heavy focus on Classic Hollywood, but that is rather by convenience since I appreciate a lot of the films from that era. However, as 4 Star Films continues to evolve, I would like to increase the focus on continually going deeper when it comes to film. I want to keep asking questions and digging for answers that give us a better understanding of what it means to live life as human beings. 

What is your Favorite Movie of All Time?

Probably something like Rear Window or 12 Angry Men. The first because it’s probably the most fascinating thrillers ever by the Master of the genre. The latter is such a great human drama. By coincidence both take place in confined spaces. 

What is your Favorite Film of the Last Few Years?

Me & Earl and the Dying Girl is an unassuming indie that’s actually really poignant and powerful. It felt very pertinent to places where I’ve been at before and it’s a love letter to movies.


What is your Favorite Underrated Classic?

Here are three. Sam Fuller’s The Crimson Kimono has become a favorite, because of its depiction of Asian-Americans. The Young Girls of Rochefort is just a really fun musical romp from Jacques Demy. Also, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet is a difficult film, but it has fascinating themes of spirituality.

Who is your Favorite Leading Lady other than Audrey Hepburn (or Grace Kelly)?

I am partial to Catherine Deneuve and I think Brie Larson is deservedly on the rise. 

Who is your Favorite Director Right Now?

They’re old school, but I’ve really been appreciating Francois Truffaut and Sam Fuller a lot recently. Also, Howard Hawks and Michelangelo Antonioni are really great for very different reasons.  


If You Could Be in Any Movie which One Would it Be?

Probably Roman Holiday. Who wouldn’t want to spend a vacation in Rome with Audrey Hepburn no less?

Favorite Song in a Movie?

Moon River hands down. Watching Audrey Hepburn walk the silent streets of New York during the opening moments of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is fantastic. It’s almost difficult to top those first few minutes, because of that wonderful, soft melody of Moon River. 


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