Name: Justin Aylward
Position: Article Content Writer
Living: Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
How I got into movies: I have always been an artistic person. I began exploring world cinema as a teenager when I understood how I was missing out on an entire world of artistic expression that I felt could heighten my creative impulses. I needed to educate myself in the world of film and move below the surface of popular cinema.
What I love about movies: Art shows us how to live and teaches us how to feel. Film is the leading art-form of the twentieth century, and penetrates our hearts and minds more readily than any other artistic medium. I have come to understand more about myself and what I am about by realising what moves me and captures my imagination. I have learned all these things through cinema.
Favourite Films: The Double Life of Veronique, Paris, Texas, Vertigo, Nashville, Dead Man, Ran, The Searchers, Out of the Past, My Darling Clementine, Raise the Red Lantern, The Piano, In the Mood for Love, Memento, Drive, The Assassination of Jesse James… Mona Lisa, Le Boucher, The Hairdresser’s Husband, Blow-Up, Persona.
Favourite Actors: Jean Gabin, James Cagney, Robert Mitchum, Dana Andrews, Gary Cooper, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Hardy, Vincent Cassel, Louise Brooks, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, Catherine Deneuve, Nastassja Kinski, Isabelle Huppert, Jessica Lange, Li Gong.
Favourite Genres: Westerns, Film-Noir, Screwball/ Silent Comedy, European Art-house, Sci-Fi, Independent American Cinema.