Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas may seem like an odd time to start a blog and especially a blog about movies. Essentially, watching movies is a singular exprecence. Even when we view a movie in a crowd or a group of friends or family the action of viewing is still only for you.
      When i say 'viewing' I mean more then what your eyes are doing. I define 'viewing' as (1) seeing the images projected, (2) mentally understanding the action and the filmmakers intent, and also (3) analyzing what this message means to you. Yes, this may seeming a bit complicated.
      But think about it...
      How many times have you watched a movie or even tv and you don't remember the last thing that happen? Or you're sitting through a movie and wonder why everbody thinks its any good? Or you're at the theatre and the crowd laughs but you don't or vise versa. Did you miss something? Was that joke actually funny?
      You see. Watching a movie is only half of it; its the passive part. Viewing a film is an action; its understanding. How many movies have you WATCHED and how many have you VEIWED?
      I changelle you to watch any movie you have at home, but this time view it activily. What are the supporting actors doing with the main scene is happening? Why did the director choose to begin the movie panning across a crowded store before centering on the main character?
     Did you see anything new this time around?  Does the movie have a new meaning or a greater depth? Do you understand why the character do the little move at the end that you never caught before?
      Let me know!

             Movies have always played an important role in my life.  What ever was happening I knew I could easily escape this world for another. When my parents fought, I learned how to harness the force. When my brother pulled my hair and my sister destroyed my favorite toys, I took a carpet ride with Aladdin. When my first boyfriend broke my heart, I traveled with Che throughout South America.
          Even in good times, movies where there. My favorite memories involve watching movies. At Christmas we would gather and share laughter. On Sundays after church I would discuss the latest film with my uncle. And movie marathons were a staple at my slumber parties.
         Its no wonder that as an adult I still believe that music is swelling in the background when I kiss a guy I like or that the villain will be destroyed in the end. of course, i still believe that fairies can be saved with applause and that there's a lesson to learn at the end. And I want to share this love and passion for the art of film with you. Any way I can.
         FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES is here as a platform to express thoughts, rewrites and memories about and surrounding movies. This site is not only for me, so please comment and share. Its the only way that we can learn more.