movie cat

I love it when the lights dim, conversations gradually decrescendo, a hush falls like a velvet curtain over the theatre.

The intermingling scents of hot popcorn with young mens’ Polo or LaCoste colognes and their sweet dates’ whore-lure fragrances are lost to us once the music swells and first words are spoken on the screen – we become absorbed in another world.

Another world, another story. We all love stories. We love to go places we’ve never been, or to be the fly on the wall, travelling inner worlds of those minds we can’t comprehend.

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Am I coco-loco crazy or do you think we can define ourselves by the movies we love?

Could a psychologist look at our movie preferences and – like a mystical police profiler – decide who amongst us is Mother Teresa and who is the serial killer ready to explode? Or who is an over-the-top optimist floating on a cloud and who is struggling day-to-day, clinging desperately to the precipice of a skyscraper edge?

I think they probably could.

If all you watch are Freddie Kruger slasher flicks, sitting in your parents’ basement with dank mildew infiltrating your pores, I don’t want you living in my neighbourhood. NOPE.

I want the folks who fawn over Casablanca and Out of Africa and Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins.

I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a person who said they dislike movies in their totality. I’m sure they exist but I haven’t met one yet.

Genres, yes?

movie genre

I’m not a horror fan. I don’t watch Chuck Norris movies. Or Action films. Or Science Fiction flicks.

I do enjoy adventure, comedy, animation, crime, drama, historic, thriller, musical, western, and Romantic-Comedy (ROM-COM) i.e. Chick Flicks!

It’s rare to find someone who isn’t moved by something they’ve seen in the movie theatre. Laughter, nausea, tears, disgust, love.

I’ll often tell people that I visit my local Cineplex ONLY because I enjoy butter and salt-laden popcorn … the film is just a feeble excuse to snorfle back hot saturated fats and rapturous sodium …

But in all honesty, when I see a well-written, beautiful photographed, deeply emotional or funny movie – better yet, a deeply emotional AND funny movie … the popcorn becomes a sidecar to the main event as it should.

Bravo to the enormous production team that it takes to make one flick (have you watched the almost interminable final credits of a movie?).

I love to sit in the darkness and become immersed in the deep-bass sound and colour dripping vision, and if the story is strong and well-paced … well … I’m in cinema heaven. I feel like I’ve smoked crack and entered some other dimension.

Surely our choice of movies tells a story of who we are and reflects out innermost selves, right?

Like the books we read, the music we listen to, the TV shows that capture our interest, movies tell a story TO us for certain, but they also tell a story ABOUT us.

So, what would my preferences say about me?

Here, I’ll open up and spill my guts into the theatre aisle for you to dissect and ponder, like crows over carcasses on the highway.

For all of the armchair psychologists and therapists out there, I give you my Top 15 lifetime movie selections with their genre noted alongside:

Movies

  • When Harry Met Sally -Rom-Com
  • Serendipity -Rom-Com
  • Reds – Historic
  • Schindler’s List – Historic
  • Benny and Joon -Rom-Com
  • Beauty and the Beast – Animation/Musical
  • Wait Until Dark – Thriller
  • Bonnie and Clyde – Historic/Crime
  • Lincoln – Historic
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Drama
  • The Silence of the Lambs – Thriller
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Comedy
  • The Sixth Sense – Thriller
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Historic/Comedy/Drama
  • The Sound of Music – Historic/Musical

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My guess is we all respond to a certain kind of storytelling, and the movies we love resonate with that inner narrative we use to see the world.

So. Any broad themes creeping up?

Many of the film titles show 2 names (Harry/Sally, Benny/Joon, Beauty/Beast, Bonnie/Clyde, Butch Cassidy/Sundance Kid) … yup, I’m a sappy romantic. I enjoy romance in one form or another. (Reds and Serendipity are romances too, just without character names in the title)

I like unexpected storyline twists that give me a pleasurable twinge of excitement in the unknown (Silence of the Lambs, Wait Until Dark, Sixth Sense, To Kill a Mockingbird)

And finally, music.

Almost all movies have an accompanying musical soundtrack even though we’re often barely aware of it.

When Harry Met Sally has a wonderful ’40’s and ’50’s era background Swing track, Louis Armstrong lending a tinge of musical romance. Schindler’s List a haunting, dark violin-based theme song that intensifies the emotional sadness. Who knows and loves Butch Cassidy without humming “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”? Bonnie and Clyde pulses to the fantastic banjo bluegrass theme of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” … and of course Beauty and the Beast and The Sound of Music are replete with catchy tunes throughout.

Ah yes, movies.

Isn’t it great to live in a time when we can live the lives of anyone from history, anyone from today, anyone still to come?

All on one large silver screen for just a few bucks out of our pockets.

And every week, a new selection of pics come along, giving us another opportunity to explore within ourselves what it is that makes us tick.

Of course by the sales of porn and skin flicks, there’s one genre of film that captures the universality of a part of our humanity that we just don’t admit a lot to the world outside.

But that’s a whole blog post for another day and time.

Harry Twatter

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