Aren likes big movies and he likes small movies. He'll sing the praises of the latest Hollywood sci-fi epic while simultaneously lambasting people for not getting into Hong Kong cinema. He detests egotism in film and film criticism, but is a sucker for earnest spectacle. While he tends to skew more modern in his viewing choices, he thinks film looks best in black and white, especially when directed by Akira Kurosawa. His favourite genres are science fiction and animation, but he'll watch anything so long as it's interesting. He's a prairie boy, born and raised, but lives in the 6ix. When he's not writing about movies, he's making them.
His favourite movies are:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
- Ben-Hur (1959)
- Blue Velvet (1986)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
- Minority Report (2002)
- Psycho (1960)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- Seven Samurai (1954)
- Spirited Away (2001)
- Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983)
His favourite directors are Hayao Miyazaki, Akira Kurosawa, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, James Cameron, David Cronenberg, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Terrence Malick, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, and Johnnie To.