Introduction

You see, in this world there are two kinds of people: those who don’t like movies and those who actually exist.  Not once in my life have I come across a person who doesn’t enjoy some type of movie whether it be dramas, comedies, actions, sci-fi’s, westerns, horrors, romances, or surrealist avant-garde historical fiction animated satires.  The point is – there is a movie for everyone.

To me, cinema is my favorite form of art.  It can be a lot more entertaining than reading a book yet it can still be just as poetic, beautifully artistic, or thought-provoking (just watch Synecdoche, New York directed by Charlie Kaufman to see what I mean).  Also, films can evoke certain emotions from deep within us just like music can, no matter what artists you like.  One man’s Beethoven or Bowie is another man’s Tarkovsky or Tarantino.  However, a movie can be thought of as the visual partner to its soundtrack and therefore being a richer and more vivid storytelling medium compared to an audio only album.  And just like paintings or drawings, movies can tell complex stories with an absence of words by only using visuals.  Do you remember that old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”?  Well if movies record at 24 frames-per-second and the average movie is about two hours long, then a movie is capable of being worth approximately 172,800,000 words.  Grant it, several frames can be almost exactly the same, but you get the point.  In conclusion, the reason why I immensely respect the craft of filmmaking is because it seamlessly blends literature, music, and images to create a completely separate form of art from three other mediums.

But why do we love movies so much?  The answer to the question is different for every person.  Are you a person who watches movies such as Star Wars or Shaun of the Dead as a means to escape reality?  Or do you watch movies such as Citizen Kane or Fruitvale Station in order to confront it?  You can be a person who watches movies such as The Pursuit of Happyness or Rocky to inspire and move you.  You can also be a person who watches movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey or Donnie Darko because you enjoy deconstructing theories and meanings.  Whichever person you are, we all share the common love for movies.

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