This is a conversation I've had somewhere around 500000000 times. Just thought I'd share.
R.P.: "So, film buff, what's your favorite movie." (R.P. = random person)
Uni: "Oh, definitely Kurosawa's Seven Samurai."
R.P.: "Never heard of it."
Uni: "Ah, yeah, I get that a lot. Japanese film, came out in the 50's, amazing epic, beautifully shot, great stuff. You should check it out."
R.P.: "Ohhhhh, ok."
Uni: "What about you, what's your favorite movie?"
R.P.: "Ummmmm, I saw Transformers 2 last weekend."
Uni: "Oh, alright. But what about your favorite movie? All time?"
R.P.: "I really like Transformers2."
Uni: "Yeah, but you just watched it, and only once. I'm talking all time. You know that movie you just have to watch over and over again."
R.P.: "I don't remember."
Uni: "I'm not asking you to remember, just name a movie you really love that you enjoy watching again and again. That defines favorite."
R.P.: "Yeah, I saw Transformers 2 last weekend."
Uni: ".......... I think we're struggling with communication here. I'm just curious about your all time. The big one. You're #1 favorite. Saw it as a kid, couldn't stop talking about it. Keep on watching it. The movie that most readily identifies everything you look for in a movie."
R.P.: "Hmmmmm. I watched The Hangover two weeks ago. That was good."
Uni: *hangs self*
This is a bit of an exaggeration of what I see happening far too often. Reading best of lists that don't pre-date the 1990's. All time favorites that just ramble off the 5 most recent films they saw. The sad thing is that many of them have seen, and absolutely love, lots of the films that are often talked about. Films like Star Wars and Jaws, but they're as quickly forced out of memory as they pave their way in. The only thing worse is when you ask them why it's their favorite movie. You get a blank stare as if you just asked them to solve an equation for relativistic energy. I just want you to remember what you enjoy, and express why! I don't think it's too much to ask for. And if you can express why, I don't care what you name as long as you're honestly passionate about it.
*Hops off soap box* Ok, it's now free for someone else to use.
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