I’m about to embark on A-Level Film Studies and after being told by my sister that it is one of the most fun courses she has ever taken, it’s fair to say I am slightly excited.
I am an avid lover of cinema and film. Whether it’s a foreign film, a drama, animation, or comedy, I have a wide range of favourites from almost every genre.
Tarantino himself once said, “I have loved movies as the number one thing in my life so long that I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t.” I find this quote very relatable as movies can bring people together, they can give you time alone, to relax or to have fun. They are a form of entertainment that, to me, live beyond the screen.
I’m not sure whether anybody else ever feels like this (or if I am incredibly weird) but sometimes when you visit the cinema and the film has ended you leave with this sense of prolonging thought and what can only be described as a ‘connection’ to certain characters. Seeing your favourite actor play a role you love, or a director you admire make a brilliant film, it’s one of life’s little joys.
I think many people dismiss study of Film as “lazy” or think somehow the only thing you will do is “sit around and watch movies”. Of course you are going to watch movies, but you will also study the cast and director, look at the themes conveyed, the genre it belongs to. It’s a bit more than just watching Frozen. I find it funny how people praise English Literature but disregard Film Studies, as though the analysation can only occur on paper, not digitally!
Film is important to me as it gives me comfort. Watching Reservoir Dogs leaves me an emotional wreck (Mr White and Mr Orange, always in my heart) yet I feel totally different watching The Shining or The Theory Of Everything, That to me, shows the power and beauty of film. It gives you an insight into a completely different world where you can immerse yourself and focus on somebody else’s life.
I have compiled a list of films I think are worthy to watch, all being from totally different genres and focusing on various themes.
1. Midnight in Paris
3. Black Swan
4. Never Let Me Go
5. PULP FICTION (A CLASSIC)
6. RESERVOIR DOGS (OF COURSE)
8. Forrest Gump
9. Bridget Jones’s Diary
11. 13 Going on 30
12. The Shining
13. Romeo & Juliet (1996)
14. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
16. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
17. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
18. Les Miserables
19. Edward Scissorhands
20. The Book Thief
(I am aware that MANY of those films star Johnny Depp, I have an undying love okay!!)
I hope that even if you only watch one or two of the above mentioned movies you can see the importance and beauty of film within today’s society.