During the interviews for Superstore, I asked Ben Feldman to name one of his favorite movies and discuss what makes it a special cinematic experience for him. He gave us two for the price of one (Dead Poets Society, A Few Good Men), and check out the Feldman video below as he explains why, when it comes to cinema, the words have always mattered!
One of the intriguing aspects of Feldman’s movie choices was focus on the respective film’s screenplays. Words are of utmost important to Feldman, and both of Dead Poets Society and A Few Good Men are well written narratives. Here’s the transcript and video of Ben Feldman’s thoughts on his favorite films (the quotes were edited for length and clarity):
“When I was 12, I was obsessed with two movies and I think they shaped the kind of work that I love the most to be in or to watch. And I stand by these movies today even though I decided that they were perfect when I was 12. They were Dead Poets Society and A Few Good Men. I’m pretty sure I was 12 when that movie came out.
A Few Good Men uses words. Dead Poets Society was about words. To me words have always been the most interesting thing. I think a lot of people will say ‘This shot was incredible’ or ‘This moment when this thing exploded.’
I know that in cinema we’re talking about images and it’s the moving picture. But for me I was a student of theater and I read a lot of when I was younger. Now I’m a dad, so I read nothing.
Words that are used in ways and different orders than you’re used to hearing them and said in different ways. There was just something really exciting about that to me.”
Superstore airs Thursday evenings on NBC (8 pm et/pt).
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