So what makes up a true film fan? Must one be willing to camp on the sidewalk for advanced screening tickets, wear costumes to the theater, or own the entire Criterion Collection in Betamax? While those might be traits of a movie fanatic (or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), I think it’s much more simple than that. To me, anyone who’s love of film defines their personality is a real movie lover. They’re actually pretty easy to spot. They have a well groomed list of favorite movies. Good films fill them with joy, but they’d rather see an absolutely horrendous movie than sit through mediocrity.
Also, they’re most likely avid readers of Fog’s Movie Reviews (wink, wink).
Now that we’ve established our collective status as true movie fans, I’d like to discuss a topic I think we can all agree on: Even more joyous than viewing a good film, is the fulfillment that comes from sharing it with someone else. I can think back to a few times when I got the chance to share a truly amazing film with someone that knew nothing about it. Because we just survived another winter holiday season, the example that comes most readily to my mind involves my wife and Bruce Willis.
We were dating when Live Free or Die Hard was released. I showed her the trailer and asked her she’d see it with me on opening night. I was completely shocked when she answered back that she’d never seen any of the Die Hard films! Not only is Die Hard a favorite Christmas movie of mine, but easily one of the best action movies of all time — it takes a pretty damn good movie to keep that kind of ranking after 20+ years and two piss-poor sequels. So we decided to watch the Die Hard trilogy before the fourth film came out. Anyone that’s ever done something similar knows how fun and nerve racking it can be. I paid more attention to my wife than I did the movie. Would she laugh at the right times? For the right reasons? Would Die Hard hold up for someone that hadn’t seen it in 1988?
Luckily, she really enjoyed the movie; enough to later choose it from the limited selection at the hospital during our son’s lengthy delivery. There really isn’t any reason to go into the next two films because, let’s face it, they suck. We watched them just to get prepared for Live Free or Die Hard — which isn’t much compared to the original but is far better than either of the other sequels. But whatever, we at least had a fun time at the theater. Come to think of it, we introduced each other to some really good movies. But I would have to say that the time I introduced her to John McClane remains as one of my fondest memories of our courtship. That may sound lame to some people. However, I feel comfortable here amongst this group of movie fans because there’s an understanding that when we share our most loved movies, we are actually sharing a part of ourselves. I suppose you could say the same about our most hated films too, but lets save that for another time.
I want to thank Phil for contributing to our Guest Blogger series! I think it’s a great piece that lets everyone here get to know him a little better, and that’s really what I like best about having guest spots here. Thanks again for your contribution, Phil!!
Please take a moment and check out his blog!