What is your favorite film?

I always dread being asked this question. I don’t have a favorite film. I have hundreds of them! “Gallipoli” may be my favorite war movie, and “Criss Cross” may be my favorite film noir–but which do I prefer? How can I answer that? It’s apples and oranges. I can’t really even say that I have a favorite film genre. Sometimes I want to wach a good horror movie. Other times I’m in the the mood for a western. And then the question of individual genres themselves–sometimes I watch an American crime movie–let’s say “The Asphalt Jungle,” but other times I may be in the mood for a British one like “The Long Good Friday.” The beauty of film genres is that each one is a tree with its many branches, and the beauty of film is that it’s a forest with many trees.

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