What do YOU look for in a film?
Why do YOU like movies? What is about a specific film or clip that captivates YOUR attention? What elements in a movie do YOU notice that wholeheartedly makes you enjoy that feature presentation?
I enjoy a movie that you can watch and pick out a couple metaphors while still enjoying it for it’s candy-bright-immediate-gratifying-story. A film with multiple layers. Like onions and ogres. I like the imagery films have though.I can really appreciate the footage and smooth editing of films not necessarily the story.
Do you even think about these kinds of things when you first watch a movie or look at any media art form? I often don’t, the first time I just appreciate the first layer; The story, The focal point of the movie, What I’m immediately noticing as I watch. Upon the second view I notice other points and the imagery and shots I enjoy. And that is the best part of a movie. It’s what I keep watching them for.
Some watch for the Happy-Hollywood ending, some watch for nudity, others watch for the informing facts and maybe a bigger picture they hadn’t thought of before viewing. What draws your attention in films?
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The message and characters. Inspiration, motivation, eye-openers, that’s what I want from a movie. Action scenes that make your blood pump, quotes that make you go “fuck yeah,” victories that make you feel what the protagonist is feeling, romantic scenes that speak to your heart, things that make you think “life is awesome.”
Or a super funny comedy. Uncontrollable laughter is a great thing, it reminds you not to take life so seriously.
Most popular movies are nothing but an opium for the people. But there are also lots of great ones among those hollywood bullshit bombs. There are very few movies that don’t have any value.
I’ll admit, my main attraction is purely for fantastic inspiration. You detach from reality and allow the story teller to think, at least until it finishes. Then you can analyse the film or you can go off on your own tangent and develop the concept into your own dreaming.
I think enough without the help of food for thought message movies. I just want action, horror and the general distraction.
I can really relate to What manimal is saying, story is always the first thing i notice and if both the story and graphics of the movie captivates me i’ll keep watching, i love mindfuck movies too like waking life or inception, even though i don’t think inception was the best.
i like feel good movies too when you can relate to the protagonists situation and feelings the story really draws me in, but trippy stuff like avatar also makes me go crazy, and comedies yes they’re the best because they are simply meant to make you laugh and amuse you
free endorphins – Awesome!
Also it rocks when the movie has a point or statement that makes you want to change something in your life, or has cool music, like for example pulp fiction, or wanted.
I a big sucker for romance, not because it’s cute, but it’s something so powerful it consumes you. I really enjoy a movie in which you can tell the writer wants you to feel what they were feeling as they were writing it right then and there.
I envy screenwriters ability to open up and put all their effort into something that people will either love or hate.
Films that make you have that “finally someone gets it!” or those “I want to be them,” moments. I love movies that make you want to watch them over and over and each time you rewatch them you find a new reason to love it.
Sorry if this doesn’t make sense, I’m new to this.
If a movie can pull at my heartstrings and tug a tear out of me, I tend to love it. Like, P.S. I Love You… God, that’s a great movie.
If I don’t end up crying, though, I really like the more complicated movies because they get my gears turning: Donnie Darko, Inception, Shutter Island, etc. I don’t need the action nor adventure, I just need something thought and/or emotion provoking. The best movies sit with you for forever and alter your reality.
Then, of course, there are comedies. Inglorious Basterds is a more bitter sweet comedy, but it’s one of my favorites, lol. And most of it is just action and drama, to be honest. Only the Basterds make it funny.
I like any film as long as it has been made artfully. One of my pet peeves is lazy dialogue. It can totally turn me off a film. I suppose what I look for is a good story that is well told, it doesn’t have to be a big twisty plot, just well put together, eg. the royal Tannenbaums. Like you already said, layers, you need layers, attention to detail, Symbols, well thought out and subtly conveyed themes are all key to me, as well good camera work. But they all need to fit into the ethos of the film, or else it’s pointless. I have a soft spot for cheesey B movies though, especially horrors. All time favourite films; Apocalypse Now and A Clockwork Orange
@kidd, If you like complicated films you should check out Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway (both David Lynch). If you think Donnie Darko is something (don’t get me wrong, good film) these will melt your face.
tearjerkers movies are effective at conveying messages as it takes real emotions for a person to cry so some of my favorites are The Lost Valentine, Despicable Me, The Butterfly Effect & Dead Poet Society and you should totally check these out.
the worst kind of movies is the ones which have all kinds of cool explosive effects but sucky storyline like Abduction & 2012. to me personally, these are the worst movies ever.
I’m an aspiring filmmaker/videographer and excited to make and release some tearjerking indie movies :)
@milo, I love movies with passionate scenes (not sexually). One of my all time favorites is in Casablanca when the Germans start signing their anthem in Ricks. Victor Laslo hears them singing and immediately gets the house band to play the French anthem. The entire club joins in and drowns out the Germans.
A couple of other good movies with great passionate scenes (not sure passionate is the right word), are Gran Torino and Mississippi Burning.
I also really like movies about revenge such as Kill Bill, Old Boy, Gladiator, Taken, Harry Brown, Hard Candy (disturbing), Ransom etc
Some material to work with. To watch the film, and try to get a message out of it. I can no longer watch movies to be somehow entertained. I often look at a movie two of three times to make sure not to miss the attempt and make sure, I full comprehend the underlying themes, or directly presented ones. In the end, I expect from a movie perspective :)