Though he was raised on a steady diet of independent-minded German filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders, director Roland Emmerich aspired early in his career to make blockbuster Hollywood movies. After making a name for himself by helming “The Noah’s Ark Principle” (1981), the most expensive student film ever made in Germany, Emmerich crossed the Atlantic Ocean to make mainstream studio films. His first, “Universal Soldier” (1992), was an unexpected hit, which paved the way for him to direct his pet project, “Stargate” (1994). Along with writing and producing partner, Dean Devlin, Emmerich established himself as a resourceful sci-fi specialist who earned a reputation for meticulous preparation and remarkable cost-efficiency. Emmerich launched himself to the top of the Hollywood food chain with “Independence Day” (1996), a big, loud, sci-fi film that was long on computer-generated special effects but short on narrative and character development. Despite the campy… read more
"Dear Roland Emmerich You make bad films, but they're the best bad films in Hollywood. No one knows just how to milk a situation for all its worth like you, and there's something about your films, like a lack of all concern for any realism that I love and I don't want you to take it away. Keep making your movies. You're like a cult hero to me." - John.
It's funny when you realize all the horrible films you've seen in the past are made by the same person.
That laugh was totally a nervous one, too. Even Roland must know how terrible he is. "I'm only a stupid filmmaker. Ha...haha...haha...ahaha..."