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We at Collider love movies. It’s why we do what we do. But our love of film didn’t arrive fully formed. It was curated through years of watching, discussing, debating, and learning about how movies were made, who made them, and what they had to say to us about the world at large. Every cinephile’s “origin story” is different, but there are usually key markers we find in common: being introduced to something by a parent or family member, lots of Blockbuster rentals, catching something on cable you were probably too young to be watching.
As the media landscape has transformed with the arrival of Netflix and on-demand viewing, it may feel daunting to figure out just how you’re supposed to broaden your horizons and become, for lack of a better word, a “better” film fan. That’s partly why we put together our list of 100 Essential Movies Every Serious Film Fan Should See, and in concert with that list, we also reached out to a very well-known cinephile to discuss the topic: Bill Hader.
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While Hader first made an impression on audiences as a brilliant comedic performer on SNL, ever since he was a kid he’s wanted to become a filmmaker. That dream became a reality with his terrific HBO series Barry, for which he wrote and directed multiple episodes, and Hader’s also a well-known cinephile, popping up on FilmStruck/The Criterion Channel to offer recommendations and dropping references to Andrzej Wajda while discussing his influences for Barry Season 2.
Since Hader grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma (as did I), I wanted to talk to him about how his cinematic tastes were formed in a part of the country that’s completely removed from Hollywood or New York. He shared how his parents first introduced him to important films at a young age, the...
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