What I Look for In a Movie

I’ve seen quite a few movies in my lifetime. From the original Nosferatu to The Hobbit, I’ve experienced just about every genre you could imagine. For this reason, I have developed a fairly specific requirement that a movie must meet before I am to spend two or three hours of my time on it. That requirement is, ENTERTAIN ME!

What does that mean? Well, it means that a movie that examines the everyday life of people struggling to make it in today’s world (e.g. the drama genre) is probably not going to be on my list of movies to see. For instance, the movie Silver Linings Playbook that is out right now…I can guarantee you I won’t be watching that. Ever. Just not my kind of flick.

Let me give you an idea of the kind of movies that entertain me:

  • For comedy, there is nothing like Old School: Funny, entertaining and stupid. I’m all over that. I could name a number of other movies that I’ve enjoyed that are similar in style (Top Secret for instance), but I think you get the picture
  • For action, I love me some Expendables 2. Now this is a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously, and for that, I love it. More importantly, it has Chuck Norris in it. Enough said.
  • For suspense, Usual Suspects. This movie is in my top 5. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour and watch it.
  • For science fiction or fantasy, well, I’ll watch just about anything. Star Wars, Star Trek, Hunger Games, etc. This is probably my favourite type of movie. But I draw the line at any Star Trek movie that includes Captain Picard. I’m a Kirk man. Always have been and always will be.
  • War and documentaries are also tops in my list. Band of Brothers and Inside Job are two of my favourites amongst this genre.

For me, the key to a movie experience I will enjoy is one that unlocks my imagination, that keeps me on the edge of my seat, that makes me laugh out loud or react emotionally. A movie that does that is a winner in my books. Especially one that sticks around in my head for a few days (hello Usual Suspects).

You might be wondering how this all works out with Jen (it is a he said she said kind of blog isn’t it?). Well, surprisingly, Jen and I share many of the same interests in movies. In fact, when I first met her, I was pleasantly surprised that she had seen all the Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal movies already! Bonus! While she does enjoy romantic comedies and dramas, it is rare that we will not be able to sit down together and pick a movie we will both enjoy.

Have a look at what Jen has to say about movies.


4 Responses to “What I Look for In a Movie”

  1. Let me say — Silver Linings Playbook has not been marketed like it should have been — I like to be entertained as well, and that movie does it! Seriously! Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (who I normally really dislike) were funny! The supporting cast was great!

  2. Silver Linings Playbook IS an old school comedy! It’s very similar in tone and theme to As Good As It Gets. If that’s what you like, you should give it a try. (It’s nothing like the Judd Apatow version of anything.)

    • Well then, maybe I need to try it out. Jen says I will hate it. But hell, I’ve seen worse. After all, I went to see the Lion King musical. Nothing can be worse than that!

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