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The Importance of Film

Updated on March 14, 2009

The Joys of Avid Film Watching

Nothing can make me feel better than watching a movie. Now this is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is a wonderful hobby to have. Something that always gets me is the way that a film can change me and make me percieve the world differently. Alas! this is the goal of art! It's true, not all films will totally change me as a person but there have been a few that have touched me in a startling and deep way.

A couple of months ago I discovered the divinity of "Netflix." With it, I have seen so many movies, quality movies, than I can name. The wonderful thing about Netflix is that you can rent movies that you wouldn't be able to see elsewhere. I have walked into a Blockbuster too many times attempting to find a movie that might be good. But with Netflix, I get movies that I know will be good. I've grown out of watching "Summer Blockbusters", and am now watching moving foreign dramas and classics that you can't find anywhere else.

Since I am 18 years old and going off to college this coming fall, my parents have been constantly on my case of saving money and cutting out unecessary bills. One that they have been constantly telling me to give up is my Netflix account. However, I continually refuse.

Something that my parents, and many other people do not realize is what a movie can do to a person. I look towards film as not only a form of entertainment, but a way to look at the world in a different light. I don't know if there is a single movie that I have seen that I have not learned something from. Every film has a meaning and every filmmaker wants to see what they see, feel what they feel.

However, I know that not everybody looks at movies this way. But I encourage everyone that the next time they see a film to think about the importance of the film to our own lives. Learn to be an active viewer, not a passive one. Being a passive viewer will get you nowhere; being active will enlighten you to an unexpected level.

Some notable films that I have had an impact on me are: Brazil, Welcome to the Dollhouse, 2001: A Space Oddessey, Shakespeare in Love, Deconstructing Harry, Dancer in the Dark, Donnie Darko, I Heart Huckabees, The Piano Teacher, Marley and Me, Fight Club, Elephant, Sid and Nancy, Hair, Cabaret, Grave of the Fireflies, Edmond, Harold and Maude, and Lolita.

Those are just films that I have seen as of recent that have changed my perception on people, society, and human nature.

I hope that you all are enlightened by the cinema and I wish you Hapy Movie Watching!


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      santo c 5 years ago

      wow, what a intersting sotry of movie. I will never departh from movies.are so important to our lives because it teaches us a lot of things we don't know. Thanks buy buy.

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      Susan Lawens 6 years ago from Williamston, MI

      I agree, I would never willingly give up watching movies, or renting them, for that matter. The movies you mentioned, "Brazil", "Welcome to the Dollhouse", "2001: A Space Odyssey" and others, most of them are so good, now I have to watch the other movies you mentioned that I haven't seen.