Ted Saydalavong


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1. What do you love most about movies?

I love films because they take me to another world that doesn’t exist in the real world, I always found it funny when people say that a certain film didn’t look real, especially if it’s an action or thriller flick. Those kind of films aren’t supposed to be realistic, they’re supposed to take you to another place so you can enjoy for two hours. Films can cheer you up, piss you off or make you cry and in my opinion no other art form can do that to a person. Of course movie fans love to discuss and disagree on a certain movie, just check out the film forums on imdb.com and see how people have such a strong emotion towards a film they love or hate.

But what I love most about films are the great visual effects, story telling and music. I’ve always love reading about the behind the scenes stuff about films, what actor was originally cast in a certain role, for example I think most people already knew this but Tom Selleck was originally cast as Indiana Jones but because he still under contract with his TV show, he couldn’t star in Raiders of the Lost Ark. I love reading about those kind of behind scenes stuff.

2. What’s the first movie you ever watched that left a huge impression on you?
Well I didn’t come to the States until I was 12 years old, so I didn’t get to see a lot of American films until then. I used to watch a lot of kung fu and samurai films back in the far east and I remember watching those Eastwood’s spaghetti western flicks. I don’t remember much about those earlier flicks anymore but the first American film I saw that made me fell in love with films was Raiders of the Lost Ark. I remember seeing the film in the Phillipine Island when I was about 10 years old and I loved it, in fact the scene at the end where the Nazi faces were melting scared the crap out of me. The other film that I saw later that year was the original Superman and I love it. It has everything you want in a fantasy movie, great visual effects, action and I got a crush on Lois Lane a.k.a Margot Kidder.

3. What’s your ultimate guilty pleasure flicks?
Boy I have a lot of guilty pleasure flicks, like the Lethal Weapon movies except the fourth one, it was just too awful. If I have to choose then I’d go with the first Mission: Impossible film, I really enjoyed that movie. In fact, I saw it three times in the theater. The movie didn’t make a lot of sense when I first saw it but it looked great and I love that train and helicopter chase scene at the end. Also, the soundtrack was pretty cool too. Came in close second is Mission: Impossible 2, I would’ve picked this one for the top spot but the film took itself way too seriously. Also, I have to give a shout out to Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, I mean come on, a movie about an FBI agent who went undercover as a surfer trying to find bank robbers? You can’t beat that. Another one is Dumb and Dumber, every time this movie is on TV, I’d watch it. It’s immature
and crude but it was so damn funny.

4. What are your top 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Godfather 1 & 2, Blade Runner, Unforgiven and The Thin Red Line.

5. Who are your top 5 favorite actors/actresses?

Well this is tough one, Tom Cruise has always been my favorite actor but his last few films were decent to mediocre. Leo DiCaprio is definitely beating out Cruise the last few years, his work has been top notch, partly because he aligned himself with great directors. Since the early 2000s, he’d worked with Scorsese, Spielberg, Scott and recently with Nolan. He’s prepping a role in Eastwood’s new flick about J. Edgar Hoover. For actress, I used to watch a lot of Sandra Bullock’s films but I think I’m gonna go with Julia Roberts.

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