My Film Philosophy

Before I begin posting my film thoughts, I want to take time to familiarize everyone with the features I often look for in film. There are many qualities that can cause my love or hate of a movie, but the following are the most noticable driving factors:

  • Aesthetics: A film’s visual appearance is of utter important. Not only can quality cinematography and photography sooth the eyes and senses, it can bring the film to a new level of importance. When imagery is so strong it becomes a character, it’s been done right. Additionally, when imagery enhances characters, it’s been done perfectly. Cinematography at its finest not only includes pretty images, but also the way the camera moves, the lighting, the focal points, etc.
  • Real Relationships: Films that portray relationships as they really happen are often, if not always, pushed aside in the mainstream film world because they can be too harsh or even too regular (some would say boring). I enjoy watching people work through relationship ups and downs – couples, families, friends, etc.
  • Soft, Poetic Tone: I love a film that is smooth in tone and mood. Even if the content is jarring or uncomfortable, a soft tone makes for a poetic experience. Minimal dialogue, internal narration, ethereal music, and other qualities help this aspect.
  • Faith: I relate to films that deal with faith, questions of faith, redemption, and/or having Christ- or God-figures. Faith being an important part of my life, I like films that deal with the subject in a creative and intellectual way.

6 Responses to “My Film Philosophy”

  1. What was your take on The Good Shepherd? That’s one of those movies I anxiously awaited, and found myself so disappointed in the actual visual/audio that I couldn’t even finish the movie. The sound quality could’ve been an issue with my television, but the visual was the movie. Everything was so dark that I struggled to see what was going on and had a very difficult time following the movie. As you recall this was a film with many flashbacks/cutbacks (sorry for the terminology, Mr. Expert!). I never did see the movie through to the end due to difficulty in actually seeing what was going on in the film.

    • I haven’t seen it. I think I was interested in seeing it a while back, but never got around to it. Now it’s not one that’s too far up my list. Though I do like a good non-linear storyline. =)

  2. As a first-time visitor to your site, I’m forced to ask, “Who the hell is this guy?” An “About Me” section would be nice – of course I can read your posts and come to understand your film sensibilities, but a little bio info on or near your home page would go a long way to helping me understand where you’re coming from (besides Kansas City – did I get that right?) Thanks.

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Hmm, I had never thought about a bio. (Didn’t figure anyone cared about me, haha.) I’ll have to think about what to write up.

  3. A very intersting philosophy on films. I agree that a film needs real relationships in it, I think it’s fantastic when a film has characters you can connect with.

  4. wow this is great, such clarity, i’m jealous that i can’t articulate this stuff for myself – great blog!!!

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