TALK TO THE INTERNET: Iana Murray (@yorgoslathimos)

In ‘Talk To The Internet’, we take the same 10 questions and one internet sensation to find out their loves, hates and their dream casts in the world of film.

Iana Murray is an undergraduate Journalism student and the editor of Much Ado About Cinema. She has also written for A24 and The Skinny but is most well known under her twitter handle @yorgoslanthimos where she tweets prolifically about independent and foreign cinema.

What’s your favourite film and why?

This is the WORST question for me. I can never pick – my favourite film changes like the weather! Breathless by Godard (the dirty rat, as Agnès Varda would say) was the film that got me into film; In the Mood for Love is just hands down the most beautiful film I’ve ever seen; Call Me By Your Name helped me with coming out as bi – there are a lot of films that are special to me. I always like to revisit Her by Spike Jonze because it has everything that I love – it’s strange, it’s romantic, the colour palette is a dream – and it’s perfect for any mood, whether you want to believe in love again or need a good cry.

What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen and why?

I’ve never been more disappointed by a film than Yoga Hosers. The critical reception from Sundance was rock bottom, but I foolishly ignored the critics, believing that I would like it anyway. Oh, how wrong I was. Everything on screen is either unbearably cringy or disgusting. Also, Johnny Depp is in it – need I say more?

If you could make up your own imaginary film genre what would it be called?

Surrealist lesbian rom-coms – like The Lobster but make it gay.

If you were given the opportunity to direct, who would you cast in your dream movie?

I would do anything to see Timothée Chalamet and Anya Taylor-Joy in a film together: climb a mountain, run a marathon, eat some bugs, I’ll do it. Or Amy Adams in a film that wins her an Oscar.

Who is your favourite woman character from Film or TV?

I’m instantly drawn to characters I relate to, and no character encapsulates that more than Frances from Frances Ha. I always feel a bit lost and aimless, so watching Frances waltz through apartments and jobs is great comfort food for reassuring me that life always finds a way.

In your opinion, what is a seriously under-rated cinematic masterpiece?

It is truly a great tragedy that Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is not as universally appreciated as it should be. If you don’t like it, I will FIGHT you, and if you haven’t seen it, I will MAKE you watch it. You can look at it as just a dumb comedy, but it also captures the futility of celebrity and just how ridiculous pop culture is these days. Plus, it gave us the Donkey Roll.

Rank your top 3 films by your favourite director (if you have one!)

This is so difficult! It’s like you’re asking me to pick my favourite child (if I had children)! I guess if I had to choose, I would say Hayao Miyazaki because his films were such a vital part of my childhood.

  1. The Wind Rises
  2. Spirited Away
  3. Howl’s Moving Castle

What was the last film you watched?

Last night I was really ill, so I cosied up on the couch with a gallon of tea and put on whatever was on Netflix. I saw the rom-com Set It Up starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell (and the queen Lucy Liu). Netflix’s original films this year have been abysmal – so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! It’s cliché and silly, but I think all the best rom-coms are! Also, I read that the director Claire Scanlon was 7 months pregnant during filming which is mind-blowing. As much as I complain about Netflix, I can appreciate that it’s helping rom-coms make a quiet comeback.

Favourite movie quote?

“What, I’m menstruating.”

And finally, what film are you most looking forward to in the near future?

SUSPIRIA SUSPIRIA SUSPIRIA. There has been some backlash over remaking Dario Argento’s classic, but I always knew that the film was in the right hands with Luca Guadagnino. The teaser trailer that dropped recently has only made me even more excited – it’s creepy and mysterious, and it looks like it’ll capture the spirit of the original without being a carbon copy. Also, their Twitter game is fire.

 

by Chloe Leeson

Chloe Leeson is the founder of Screen Queens. She hails from the north of England (the proper north that people think is actually Scotland but isn’t). Her lifesource is Harmony Korine’s 90s Letterman interviews and Ezra Miller’s jawline. She is a costume designer for hire who spends way too much time watching bad horror movies. Her favourite films are Into The Wild, Lords of Dogtown, Stand by Me and Pan’s Labyrinth. She rants about cinema screenings @kawaiigoff and logs them on letterboxd here

 

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