I really think I am in love with you. I’d rather spend time with you than pretty much anything on a Saturday night. You are really starting to monopolize my time, and I feel like all I do is talk about you. I might have a problem.
It seems to happen that when I meet someone new, I suddenly become aware of how often what comes out of my mouth is a movie quote, a piece of movie trivia, or a question beginning with, “Have you seen the movie…?” I swear, movies are not all I care about. However, there is something to movies that I just haven’t quite put my finger on that attracts my attention, or rather, my fascination. I’m not merely an escapist, or I would be as weird about books as I am about movies. And, ok, I am weird about books, too, but not about the trivia surrounding them, just about enjoying the stories. The thing about movies is that it’s not just a great story, like in a book, and it’s not just a person came up with that story, like the author of a book, or the writer or director of a movie. It’s the acting piece that really fascinates me. It’s that a real, ordinary person is given the task of becoming, even for a short time, that beloved character, and using whatever acting skills they have to not only believe it themselves, but convince an audience. I just love it.
I watch movies the way some people listen to music. At any time, I’m most likely watching a movie. I’ll think of a particular scene I want to see, or feeling I want to feel, and the movie that elicits that, and that’s what I’ll pop into the DVD player. Whatever it says about me, I’m definitely the kind of person who watches movies (and reads books) over and over and over again. I love the experience of a movie for the first time, and I also enjoy the things that you notice the second, third, fourth time you watch it. Some of my favorite movies are the ones that I can watch again and again and still make new connections and pick up on new things. Sequels and trilogies do the same thing. The story grows deeper before your eyes, and it’s just magnificent.
I have really strange opinions about movies, too. I don’t always like the ones that everyone else seems to like, and there are often movies I love that other people just couldn’t care less about. I don’t know exactly what it is that I look for in a movie, but I know it definitely has to make you think. Okay, almost always. I love the movie “Elf”, and that’s not a deep thinker. But, I digress. The deep, complex, psychological films are the ones that fascinate me most. In those, there are so many elements at play, it’s like a mental workout for me to comprehend an intricate plot, troubled characters, and the actors who are finding ways to portray those things on the screen.
It seems unfortunate that the more I watch movies, the more I learn about movies, the more I like them, and I think that love for movies is just going to continue to grow and feed the monster that is my need to talk about them.
For the fun of it, a few lists:
- Movies I’m most likely to be watching at any given moment – The Fugitive, The Dark Knight, Inception, Avengers, The Prestige, any of the X-Men, or The Italian Job
- Most underrated actors of my time – Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman, Tom Hiddleston
- Best movie soundtracks – Into the Wild, Elf, Life As We Know It, The Dark Knight (score, not soundtrack)
- Movies I’m just simply not a fan of – Lord of the Rings, The Proposal, 13 Going on 30, anything with Molly Ringwald
- Best sequels – Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Dark Knight, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Those are some opinions. Movies, I love you. Thanks for always being there.
P.S. Someone made a big mistake and granted me another platform for my rants about movies (besides this personal blog), and that’s the editors over at Mike & Rusty’s. I’ve had the opportunity to write movie reviews for them since June, and have a total blast doing it. Make sure you swing on over and check out their many incredible reviews, and keep a look out for some of mine, as well!
“Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.” ― Tim Burton
“It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.” ― Roger Ebert
“You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” ― Steve Martin
“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.” – Walt Disney
“I have a theory that movies operate on the level of dreams, where you dream yourself.” ― Meryl Streep
“I am easily moved to tears and rarely survive a visit to the cinema without shedding them, racked, as I am, by the most perfunctory, meretricious or even callously sentimental attempts at poignancy (something about the exterior of the human face, so vast and palpable, with the eyes and the lips: it is all writ too large for me, too immediate for me.)” ― Martin Amis
“You can map your life through your favorite movies, and no two people’s maps will be the same.” – Mary Schmicht
“Movies are an art form that is very available to the masses.” – Richard King
“There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.” – Frank Capra
“People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.” –Steven Spielberg