Okay, this is fiendish.
As I said in the introductory piece we ran on Monday about "Ask Drew," a new video series that we'll be doing here at HitFix, I love my video team. They're turning out so much good work these days, and they do it every single day.
They came to me with this idea, and it sounded like a great one to me. The premise is simple. You guys send them questions via e-mail at email@example.com, and they pick a handful of questions each episode. I don't see them until I am on camera, and then I have to answer.
I must be crazy to agree to this.
What I tend to forget is that you guys have absolutely amazing memories, and if I've ever mentioned anything on the site, one of you will no doubt remember it. Sure enough, there's a question this time around that almost made me run out of the studio. Still, I agreed, so I answered it, and I hope all the parties involved can smile and laugh about it at this point.
We also played a round of Movie God, a game that I created with my friends Pat and Scott, and it's a great way of trying to understand what someone considers a priority about film. The rules, for those of you who didn't listen to the podcast, are simple. In the game, one person is Movie God. The other person names two things… films, actors, directors, genres, shots… and one of them has to be stricken from the record completely. That means it never happened, and whatever happened as a result of it also never happened. If you erase someone's breakthrough film, you might be erasing their career. If you erase a director, you might be erasing anyone he inspired. It is not an easy game. At times, it's downright sadistic. But, boy, it makes you define what is most important to you, and that's the point.
So of course it was total torture.
Not every question is right for this show. If you read the kick-off piece, I included a fairly lengthy response to a question from a reader about films that defined America in some way. I'm happy to answer questions like that in print. But if you think you've got the right question for the show, send it to the video team. We're going to do a few of these a month to start, and if it goes well, we'll move up the schedule.
Enjoy this first one, and if you want to use this comments section to discuss the list from Monday's article, I'd be happy to wade in and discuss it with you.
You can also find "Ask Drew" on our YouTube channel, which you can find here, along with lots of the other great content our video team produces.
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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