Very few will pass up a ticket to the cinema. No one can quite explain why they watch movies – I mean, Duh! it’s something that we do, we never question our intentions behind watching movies! As far as I’m concerned, there’s only the question of “Is it worth my time?”. This question is inevitably answered once I have sat through the entire movie – that’s the moment I feel either incredibly touched or absolutely let down, and sometimes – indifference.
I have the choice of watching movies in two languages apart from English – Perks of being an Indian! 🙂 But I am a bit picky when it comes to sitting through a movie. ( I used to be a hopeless romantic ) I tend to give a wide berth to horror movies, simply because these sorts of movies could keep me tossing around in my bed at night. There is nothing more downright unnerving than the tricks your mind can play on you… even a slight creak can bring about so much – your mouth to dries up, makes your hair stands on end, sending shivers down your spine!!!! I go to great lengths to spare myself any such trouble.
There are movies that delve into the human psyche, that never fails to tug at one’s heartstrings… that could move any stone-hearted person to tears – A Walk to Remember, The Fault In Our Stars, The Help, Taare Zameen Par, Barfi!, Kaalapani, Dasharatham, Thanmatra, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Celluloid, etc to name a few. Then there are movies that I simply love to watch for sheer entertainment – The Harry Potter Series, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, Home Alone series, Inception, Tangled, Brave, Marley & Me, Bangalore Days, Thattathin Marayathu, Ustad Hotel, Ohm Shanthi Oshaana, … the list goes on. There are the all-time classics – the must-see ones.
There are ones that do not deserve to be spared a second thought – the movies that I cannot sit through, the ones that fail to hold my attention. Film adaptations, many of which fall woefully short of my expectations, but at other times become closer to my heart than its print counterpart constitute yet another category. There are the ones that gain attention following their performance at the Golden Globe, The Bafta Awards, The Oscars, National Award ceremonies. The categories are endless, and my favorites intersect with many of these… I cannot blindly say that I have a favorite genre – But everything boils down to one basic question… “Was that movie worth the time I spent on it”.
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