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On Challenges, and the Magic of Movies* (*Even the Bad Ones)

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
-Socrates

For many, many years now, I’ve said that I wouldn’t bother watching two beloved films. They’re so beloved that they have two of the largest US box office totals in history. But as you may have learned in the last few months, 2012 has become a year of challenges for me. Belligerently holding on to ideals from the past out of pride doesn’t fly anymore for me when it comes to film selection. I’d like to grow as a movie-watcher. I’d like to learn. And automatically dismissing movies doesn’t fit in that plan, especially when they’re as universally beloved as these two particular films. This is how it came to pass that I watched Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009). Continue reading

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10 Dirty Secrets That I Keep

No, not THAT dirty. Just dirty movie secrets I keep- things that I generally don’t say out loud because I know it’ll make someone else angry. It’s much like Peter Griffin’s confession on Family Guy that he didn’t like The Godfather. Even if you really do think that The Godfather “insists upon itself” and you preferred The Money Pit, you’d be wise to not bring it up very often. There’s also the notion that it’s better to keep some things to yourself for fear of how you’ll be viewed among your peers. I’m hoping that there are at least a few people out there who agree with me on these. I also hope that half my readership doesn’t view me as some sort of angry ogre after finishing this article. So without further adieu, here are 10 Dirty Secrets That I Keep.

1. I like Kevin Smith, and I like his movies
This puts me in peril of losing a lot of credibility with a lot of people who take films very seriously. You know what? I don’t care. Clearly, his movies (other than maybe Clerks) aren’t beacons of cinematic accomplishment. But they make me laugh. I even liked Cop Out. Hell, I liked it quite a bit. His schtick about being an outsider who broke the system gets a little tiresome, but I’m not going to hold that against his films. And he seems to be a genuinely good human being (if you don’t mind the vulgarity and crass topics, which I clearly do not). Continue reading

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