Movies Transport Us When We Need It Most

A bearded nerd from Iran in his mid 20’s, with a particular interest in the motion pictures as a hobby, career and general life. Has a very high opinion of Jeremy Irons, adores Westerns and Musicals and loves movies from the 1960s.

Ali Khamseh

Ali Khamseh YouTube Channel, LinkedIn, Instagram

Hammer Film Production Ltd., Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

Arizona Dream (1993) Emir Kusturica, Director, David Atkins and Emir Kusturica, Writers

#PodMatch What I call, “A dating site for podcasters and their guests.”

Dracula: Prince of Darkness,(1966) Terence Fisher, Director, Based on a character by Bram Stoker, Jimmy Sangster and Anthony Hinds, Screenplay

The Devil Rides Out, (1968) Terence Fisher, Director, Dennis Wheatley, Novel, Richard Matheson, Screenplay

The Curse of Frankenstein, (1957) Terence Fisher, Director, Mary Shelley, based on her novel, Jimmy Sangster, Screenplay

The Gorgon, (1964) Terence Fisher, Director, J. Llewellyn Devine, Story, John Gilling, Screenplay

Horror Express (1972) Eugenio Martin, Director, Arnaud d’Usseau, Julian Zimet, Screenplay

New Hammer films:

  The Woman In Black, (2012), James Watkins, Director, Susan Hill, Novel, Jane Goldman, Screenplay, Staring, Daniel Radcliffe

  Let Me In, (2010) Matt Reeves, Director, Matt Reeves, Screenplay based on John Ajvide Lindqvist for “Låt den rätte komma in”

  The Resident, (2011) Antti Jokinen, Director, Antti Jokinen, Robert Orr, Screenplay

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, (1977) One of the most famous movies on the planet

Firefly, (2002 – 2003) TV Series created by Joss Whedon

Serenity, (2005) Joss Whedon, Director and Screenplay

Logan, (2017) James Mangold, Director and Story, Scott Frank, Michael Green, Screenplay

The Father, (2020) Florian Zeller, Director, Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, Screenplay

Silence of the Lambs, (1991) Jonathan Demme, Director, Thomas Harris, Novel, Thomas Harris, Ted Tally, Screenplay

The Capture of the Green River Killer, (2008) TV Mini Series Norma Bailey, Director, Dave Reichert, Book, John Pielmeier, Writer

Sergio Leone, Italian Director

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, (1966) Sergio Leone, Director, Agenore Incrocci, Screenplay

Eli Wallach, American Character Actor

The Godfather, part III, (1990)Francis Ford Coppola, Director, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Screenplay

My Fair Lady, (1964) George Cukor, Director, George Bernard Shaw, Play, Alan Jay Lerner, Screenplay, Frederick Loewe, André Previn, Music 

Mary Poppins, (1964) Robert Stephenson, Director, P.L. Travers “Mary Poppins” books, Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi, Screenplay

Camelot, (1967) Joshua Logan, Director, T.H. White, Novel, “The Once and Future King”, Alan Jay Lerner, Screenplay, Frederick Loewe, Lyrics, Alfred Newman, Conductor

Ursula in The Little Mermaid, (1989) Ron Clements, John Musker, Directors, Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tale, John Musker, Ron Clements, Screenplay 

Scar in The Lion King, (1994) Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, Directors, Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton, Screenplay

AK88 Studios, Ali’s other YouTube channel.

Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah

The Lighthouse, (2019) Robert Eggers, Director, Robert Eggers, Max Eggers, Screenplay

News of the World, (2020) Paul Greengrass, Director, Paulette Jiles, Novel, Paul Greengrass, Luke Davies, Screenplay

Bill and Ted Face the Music, (2020) Dean Parisot, Director, Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon, Screenplay

Pig, (2021) Nicholas Cage, Star, Michael Sarnoski, Director, Vanessa Block, Michael Sarnoski, Screenplay 

Annette, (2021) Leos Carax, Director, Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Original Story

Suicide Squad, (2016) David Ayer, Director, David Ayer, John Ostrander (Comic book) Screenplay

Zack Snyder, American Director

Ryan Reynolds Films

  Free Guy, (2021) Shawn Levy, Director, Matt Lieberman, Zak Penn, Screenplay

  Deadpool, (2016) Tim Miller, Director, Rhett Teese, Paul Wernick, Screenplay

  Woman in Gold, (2015) Simon Curtis, Maria Altmann’s Life Story, E. Randol Schoenberg, Life Story, Alexi Kay Campbell, Screenplay

Artist Gustav Klimt

Defiance, (2008) Edward Zwick, Director, Nechama Tec Book, “Defiance: the Bielski Partisans”, Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick, Screenplay

The Forgotten Battle, (2020) Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., Director, Jesse Maiman, Story, Paula lander Test, Pauline van Mantgem, Screenplay

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Copyright 2011

Michael Palin, Travels of a Lifetime, (2020 – 2021), TV Series, Andrew Abbott, Director

Tombstone, (1993) George P. Cosmastos Kevin Jarre, Directors, Kevin Jarre, Screenplay

The Queen’s Gambit, (2020) TV Mini Series, Scott Frank, Allan Scott, Creators

Mad Men (2007 – 2015) TV Series, Matthew Weiner, Creator

Squid Game, (2001 -) TV Series, Hwang Dong-hyuk, Director and Screenwriter

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Nightmare Before Christmas, (1993) Henry Selick, Director, Tim Burton, Story and Characters, Michael McDowell, Adaptation, Caroline Thompson, Screenwriter

Martin Scorsese,American Director, Producer, Actor, Writer

Turner Classic Movies

Movies Restored by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation – World Cinema Project,

  Iranian: Downpour, (1972) Bahram Beyzaie, Director and Writer,Iranian title: Ragbar 

  Turkish: Dry Summer, (1963) Metin Erksan, Director,Law of the Border, (1966) Lütfi Akad, Director 

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, (2011) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Director, Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Cylan, Screenplay

John Ford, American Director, Producer, Actor

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist


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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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