FOREWORD: Before I get into ‘the zone’, I would like to mention a couple of things about today’s piece. This is unlike any other of my older pieces. It concentrates more on the life of a Kinobuff more than one specific movie or genre. This piece won’t possibly reflect any of my prowess as a writer but more so as a person who has grown to learn, admire, watch and learn from movies. A lot of people at different times have asked me for movie recommendations, have told me they can’t sit through two hours and most importantly have said that they don’t know where to start from in this large bundle of movies present out there. I address these and everything else movies. I hope by the time you are finished reading this, you have found your way as a movie-buff.
Where to start from?
So if you have just seen a good movie or probably found GOT just too interesting and want to see more of it, you are undoubtedly expected to stand at this junction where you don’t know where to start. Rule 1: You don’t have to start. You start things which can end. This love affair never ends and if you have ever experienced even one scene of cinematic beauty in your life, you are already in.
Think what brought out your interest in this. If it was a mystery film/show which gave you goosebumps in the end, watch more of such movies. If it was a film/show of utmost realism, go ahead in that genre. The point is to intensify your interest and know that you belong. Once your quest in one genre is over, switch over and diversify.
I know a lot of people who start off from sci-fi’s only to be watching Citizen Kane in week 7. I also know a lot of people who started off from whatever was on the Romedy Now channel and are now watching Reservoir Dogs.
Believe you belong, one movie at a time.
Cant sit through movies longer than 2 hours.
This comes a lot and honestly, I get it. With the quality of TV shows on the rise, we are more used to have our questions answered early on. Even if a person who wants to watch the classics of cinema, he won’t possibly have the courage to watch upper side of 210 minutes of Schindler’s List. That’s how it is.
The solution is – stop doing such calculations. The filmmaker had a vision and he took on more effort to create a more convincing world for us. And that’s what cinema is all about. Make the effort to start and live the world he/she has created for you. I couldn’t watch Lord of the Rings because it was 13+ hours for just three movies. But when I did, I watched them in a matter of two days and till date remains one of my favorite cinematic experience.
The longer the time spent on making you familiarize with the details of the movie’s world, the more convincing are the characters and more impactful – the movie.
What to watch?
This is such a vague question, oh boy. But okay, you ask and I answer- that was the deal.
This question only arises for people who want to watch specific stuff and can’t take the disappointment of a bad movie. So to people like these, I say go director-wise. DON’T watch trailers before movies and just freaking watch. I do a lot of research on the movies I watch but I do it in an organized manner. The reason I said go director wise is because I feel what we love in a movie are a reflection of what the director wanted and his vision. So if connect to his/her vision, we will probably love more of his work.
From my personal experience, I watched No Country for Old Men because it won a lot of Oscars. But because I connected to the style and meaning in the direction of Coen brothers, I saw The Big Lebowski, Fargo and the much under-appreciated Inside Llewyn Davis after it.
Loved watching movies but can’t start one now.
If you don’t feel like watching a movie, it’s okay. But if you hate yourself because you had such fun doing that in the past and can’t understand why you can’t do that again, welcome to the club. Honestly, I don’t have an answer for you. I do have for me. I remind myself what I loved. I have gone on to watch 20 movies in a month to 2 in a month. But then I rise back again because, I personally, lack inspiration on the days when I don’t have a fictional character in mind. I watch trailers after the movie just to feel vulnerable as fuck and God is that beautiful?
It’s just a phase. Just never forget to believe that the perfect movie is waiting for you.
I think I did answer some of the questions people have asked me the most. For more movie recommendations, discussions or even rants: go to our website kinobuffs.com or contact me.