Movies are a window into the soul and mind. With film, writers, directors, cinematographers, actors, even sound mixers can invoke a variety of emotions and thought that will change you. If you haven’t gotten the chance to explore past today’s box office hits, a goldmine of perfection awaits you. I like to hold off on movies i know i’ll enjoy until the timing and setting is just right. Movie watching is a special roller coaster reserved for those who are willing to appreciate and understand the creative outlet. Don’t be afraid of being more open-minded, and improve yourself by exploring the wonders of film.
There’s actually such a thing as cinema-therapy; you talk about your problems and a professional “prescribes” you a film to watch in hopes of healing you. If you’re experiencing relationship problems you might get to watch “When Harry Met Sally”, “500 Days Of Summer”, or “Annie Hall”. If you’re suffering from addiction check out “Trainspotting”, “Requiem for a Dream” or “The Panic In Needle Park”. Music, dialogue, visuals, every detail in a film intentionally connect with you and change you. Try exploring filmographies exclusive to one director or writer. Spending a night watching every single film by Wes Anderson or Stanley Kubrick could change your life and it gives you a step inside the hearts of the creator. When you’re ready to dig deeper, find out who inspired your favorite directors and give their movies a chance no matter how old their films are.
In 2016 movies made $38.3 billion dollars and pulled 1,315.2 people out of their PJ’s and into a theater to sit through over 2 hours of people talking to aliens or Seth Rogen voice over a hot dog. Big studio productions often employ thousands of people and scripts cater to a larger audience. Independent filmmaking usually gives the creative power to only a handful, and the formulas required to attract a 30 million budget get thrown out the window. Independent films will go through the film festival circuit and In order to get accepted, movies are evaluated on a scorecard listing theme, tone, characters, sound, presentation, plot points, structures. There are thousands of film festivals all year around and tend to last over a couple of days. Film festivals have showings all day featuring short films, feature films, student films and sometimes the festivals have a theme or require entries to meet a certain genre. Passes can be a bit pricey, but spending a weekend watching movies all day is often the only way to discover new pieces of unique and bold art you might never hear about again.
If you’ve already caught the classics, start watching movie analysis or essays. It can be revealing to hear someone dissect an intelligent film, so start with Lessons from the Screenplay or Screen Prism. If you like anticipating what’s new, check out film trailers on Trailer Addict or Movie Clips Indie. If you don’t care for short films, give Pink Grapefruit, Doodlebug, or What We Do In The Shadows a chance and they might change your mind. Dive into foreign films like “The Raid”, “Solo con Tu Pareja”, or “Akira”. Movies are an infinite library that keep growing every single day. Films can talk and we should listen to as many as we can. Become a movie buff, discover new gems and watch yourself grow.
Jasmine Palacios is a performer/writer born in Dallas, TX. She studied at the Austin School of film, Institution Theater and Coldtowne Conservatory. With upcoming projects in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas, she's based herself in Austin, TX, pursuing all that is entertainment. Some of her biggest influences include Jim Carrey, Black Sabbath, and Paul Thomas Anderson!