Everyone will see a movie in a different manner. Movies often create an emotional connection to a person. Some will resonate with others while someone else will feel nothing. It creates a wonderful world of opinions.
Even a mediocre or bad movie can be one to enjoy. (I enjoy Street Fighter from the 1990’s, it’s terrible, but fun. My guilty pleasure movie.) No matter what critics say, you can like a movie even if its bad.
However, moving past pure enjoyment, we come to the question of quality. Quality needs to be backed up with fact. A good movie has quality writing, acting, set designs/costumes, effects (when needed), narrative, and cinematography (and some other things).
There are movies that you hate and I love and vice versa. As someone who analyzes film, I will come to my conclusions. My taste may be different than yours, but if you bring facts and reason, you’ll always be welcomed.
First and foremost, I consider film a means of escape from reality. I much prefer a film that takes me a new place or introduces to fascinating new characters. This new place doesn’t necessarily need to be another planet, but rather another realm of existence.
The world is filled with such unpleasant things. I think that is why I frown upon movies with excessive graphic violence or drug use. I have to deal with these things on a day to day basis. I don’t want to spend my leisure time seeing them reenacted upon the screen especially if it is over the top. Keep in mind it is perfectly fine if you do
To me, the use of excessive violence, sexuality, or jump scares are more along the lines of cheap tricks used to shock audiences and hide the facts that a filmmaker and or writer is unable to do less with more.
I won’t please everyone, but I hope I can share with you my thoughts and that you can come up with your own views and share those in a civil and constructive manner.
Now about who I am.
Andrew Garrison is an author, sports columnist of eleven years, and a profound lover of movies from all eras. From silent films to the biggest blockbusters of today.
He was born in the Northeast, United States during the 1980’s and was raised in small-town Connecticut where he currently resides. Andrew has watched many movies from every era of film, from the silent era through the rise of talkies. From obscure independent films to the biggest and best films.
As a student of history, Andrew believes that classic films should be appreciated and protected. They tell the story of film from its birth to its ongoing evolution as a form of entertainment and art-form.
Other places you can find Andrew’s work include. http://jumpcutuk.com/ A site devoted to reviews of the biggest new blockbusters, to older much-beloved films.
Andrew also writes for http://rayscoloredglasses.com/ A site dedicated to the Major League Baseball team known as the Tampa Bay Rays.
In his spare time, Andrew studies meteorology, world history, and astronomy.
Favorite movies include
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Dark Knight (2008)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Actors he loves
Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Jeff Bridges, Patrick Stewart, and Benedict Cumberbatch,
Follow Andrew on twitter at @themovieguy14
You can pick up Andrew’s first anthology. America in Twilight: Not Quite True Tales and Poems through America. Anthology poems and short stories compiled by Andrew with the help of many talented writers, editors, and illustrators.
His second book, Shadows Within the Labyrinth: Tales of the Dark, The Obscure, and The Fantastic.
Available as a paperback
Or as of 4/17/15, a Kindle version