In recent days I’ve been thinking a lot about a question that was posed at a conference I attended. The speakers were debating the merits or demerits of a certain sect of cinema – whether it helps or hurts its cause – and they posed the following quandry: “how do people who don’t know much about movies, who don’t follow or study film, how do they hear about great films? How do they become aware of movies that deserve to be seen?”
This struck a chord with me. I grew up in Northeast Tennessee, about as isolated from Hollywood as possible. People liked movies a lot – our Cineplex was constantly filled despite its terrible quality (I recognize this in hindsight now). But even for me, someone who decided that the study of cinema was to be my life’s pursuit, I was not aware of the vast quantities of incredible movies that get a small release and miss the mainstream entirely; films that we simply never hear about because our market is too small and, at that time, the connections of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime had not yet been established.
So then, my thoughts turned to the question. How could I be a part of the solution – spreading the word about certain films, old and new, that deserve to be seen by broader audiences? I know that most of the people who read this blog are probably family or friends, either from back home in Tennessee or those I’ve met here in Movie-land, but primarily people who are looking for the good stuff; people who would love to see great movies but just don’t hear about them.
Thus, I got the idea to start a new series of posts entitled
Why you should Love this movie
These will be short posts about a film (a la the Criterion Three Reasons videos), in which I expound on why that movie deserves your attention. My hope is that this can be a bridge for people who are not connected to the film world to find works that are powerful, uplifting, and potentially life-changing. I hope you’ll come along this journey with me. Hopefully this will be of some use to you. Hopefully it will give you a longer Netflix queue or a conversation topic for the workplace. Hopefully this can start the effort to get the word out and improve our viewership and critical response to a world I care deeply about. Thanks for stopping by and keep an eye out for this new series coming soon.