Movie Love: Then and Now


I’m a firm believer that movie tastes are organic. They constantly change as we’re exposed to new things. If you don’t believe me, take a second to think about what your favorite movie is now compared to 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or longer. How about your favorite actors, actresses, directors, and movie characters? Surely things have changed. Here’s how it plays out for me.




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26 responses to “Movie Love: Then and Now

  1. Definitely, still Catherine Deneuve,

  2. mettemk

    I especially like your directors and cinematic themes changes! 😀

  3. John, I don’t say this often enough – you complete me.

  4. Kevin Smith > Ingmar Bergman – that was pretty much exactly the same for me too haha! Great post!

    • I guess after years of being juvenile, there’s something to be said for finally addressing the real questions in life. Or something.

  5. I look back at my old favorites, and I’m pretty damn embarassed. Lots of Adam Sandler movies in there.

  6. Aleksa

    I loved your favorite movies of today. I get many odd looks for my love of both disturbing horror and Pixar.

  7. I never liked wiffleball. That bat was just too damn light.

  8. Hi John,
    I know it’s been a while! Nice post, it reminded the me of the last decades!
    Nice idea of the cinephile’s evolution!

  9. I am also quite the fan of soul-crushing drama with a bunch of death and/or Pixar movies

  10. I’m looking forward to seeing THE FIRE WITHIN! It is true that our tastes and favorite tend to evolve over time. Mine have held fairly steady since I’ve started college, but even now I can begin to feel them evolve quite drastically from 6 years ago.

    • I could talk for days about The Fire Within. I’m smart enough to know that it’s not the BEST movie ever made, or even the best French New Wave movie (since it’s only half new wave at best). Hell, it’s probably not even the best movie made in 1963. But there’s so damned much to appreciate about it. There aren’t many movies that look at alcohol and suicide more realistically.

      Let’s see… six years ago would make you 24 now, right? Or 25? That’s right where I was in 2000- the Kevin Smith era. It took a Netflix subscription and a shitload of Criterion to move on from it, really.

  11. goregirl

    Nuke Laloosh?! I had no idea who that was…I had to look it up. I don’t remember Bull Durham at all but I am sensing you liked baseball films in the 90s. I can’t believe how much my tastes have changed over the years. Music and films. The other day my friend had Duran Duran on which I once loved and it was like nails on a fecking chalkboard! Another delightful infographic sir!

    • I’ve loved baseball movies… pretty much forever.

      Wait… what song or songs did you hear from Duran Duran? I hope it was Rio.

      I went to college with a dude- in the mid 90s- who would blare “Hungry Like the Wolf”, and then he’d refer to himself in the third person as being “hungry like the wolf.” ” _______ (guy’s name) is hungry like the wolf!!!” It was… ridiculous.

      • goregirl

        It was Reflex-flex-flex-flex-flex-flex. Someone get me a hammer and a nail STAT!

        Wow that is ham of the first order! Sounds like a guy who would use lines like “Do your legs hurt from running through my dreams all night?”

  12. Awesome post, John! You’re right our taste in movies and actors do change over the years. There are however some movies that I always love no matter how old I am, and I think I always will. So movies like Roman Holiday, Ben-Hur, a bunch of Disney movies will always have a special place in my heart. I didn’t like costume dramas when I was younger though, but now I absolutely love them!

    • I wonder, does Halloween count as a costume drama? He’s got a mask and everything.

      And you’re very right, Ruth. I can’t imagine I’ll ever dislike, say, The Big Lebowski, or The Seventh Seal, or even Idiocracy or The Muppets or Buster Keaton’s silent work or… well, you get the picture. Everyone’s got ’em.

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