I recently had the pleasure of participating in a group project for the Broken Projector Podcast's 100th episode in which several cinephiles were asked to list 7 things they loved about the movies. You should listen to it! I got a little carried away and was too longwinded (sorry!) but I highly recommend a listen because even though I do carry one, others are more succinct and the podcast also features various writers from Film School Rejects and our friend Katey Rich among fabulous others. I purposely didn't lean into geek culture titans like Star Wars and Spielberg classics and all of that because I new they'd be amply covered. But yes, I love early Star Wars and early Spielberg, too. I just rarely talk about it because it's all you hear about elsewhere.
Anywayyyy... Not related but in a similar vein I chanced upon The Best Picture Project blog doing a 100 wide list, too, and... well, why limit myself to seven. So herewith, a mostly off the top of my head listing of
100 Things I Love About the Movies
(in no particular order and literally off the top of my head)
- The feeling of possibility in that moment when the curtains go up or, rather, expand to fit the wider screen
- Opening titles that are their own short entity, not just overlayed on the movie
- Musicals - for being the greatest of film genres and essentially combining every art form
- Women Who Lie To Themselves™ - the greatest of subgenres
- The Redford Theater in Detroit (which played old movies every other weekend on a massive screen with a live organ pre-show) which is where I first fell in love with Old Hollywood
- That time exiting a revival of Singin' in the Rain as a kid when I swung around a pole in unbridled enthusiasm for the movies
- The pride of learning every nonsense syllable of "We Go Together" from Grease
- My mom's deep enthusiasm for Witness (1985) and her weird guilt about loving it so much
- Dreading my dad's grumpiness when the family went to Titanic (1997) on a Christmas break only to realize he loved it. And how.
- Liz Taylor doing Bette Davis "What a dump!"
- When Dorothy Gale opens her door and leaves sepia tone behind for color
- The complete works of Pedro Almodóvar
- "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
- Moulin Rouge!
- Catherine Deneuve's hair
- Vivien Leigh's eyebrows
- Marilyn Monroe's voice
83 more things after the jump...