ByAmara Freeman, writer at
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Amara Freeman

Are your friends or other loved ones unaware of the beautiful world of cinematography? Do you know an amazing reference that you can't share with anyone else? Sometimes it's maddening knowing that there is entire world out there with truly amazing movies, and people are too blind to notice them. Well that is when all MoviePiloters, all cinema enthusiasts come into play. We, as fans, critics, theorists, artists, or just people with opinions need to educate the world of people missing out.

Make Your List

There are hundreds of amazing movies that you may think people just need to see, but how will you choose? There are personal favorites, and award winners. There's also have-to-watch movies, and just generally good films. When making your list of films to introduce to eager (or not-so-eager) friends, you need to consider the genre and what the movie meant to you and others. This means that you need to vary your list. Create a wide selection of genres, you don't even have to like the style, just as long as you think it would positively impact the viewer(s) on movies in general. For example, a list that I have been creating for my friends would look something like this:

  • The Usual Suspects
  • The Godfather
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Stand By Me
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Coneheads
  • Wayne's World
  • Ferris Buellers Day Off
  • West Side Story
  • Blues Brothers
  • Les Miserable

The Approach

There are many different ways to approach the matter, because everyone is different. I find that the best way I got many of my friends to get into a worth-while movie, is to host a movie night. If you have the time, place, and film, invite as many over as you can handle, and just start playing it. If you own the movie, bring it with you when your'e going to next see the friend to let them borrow it. Tell them how the movie impacted yourself. Mix and match the first initial movie with something that you know will like. And hey, if the critics like it, that's got to tell you something. Try to convince the viewer, but don't annoy them too much.

The Final Verdict

If you successfully convinced the viewer into trying something new, ask them for their opinion. If they enjoyed it, continue recommending films like it, that eventually lead to other genres, actors and directors. If they disliked it, start over. Recommend something that they, personally, would like. Eventually, the viewer will start to enjoy more and more movies that differ in theme, genre, actors and actresses, while being a great film.

The importance in movies to me, is immense. They brought me back up from my lowest downs. Movies brought my friends together for the first time, in a long time. I could relate to the real emotions the characters portrayed. I loved the puzzles some of them had. The metaphors and hidden meanings of the complexity of the story, taught me to look at things in different perspectives. Movies even depicted the life I had, then eventually, the life that I wanted more than anything. I want people to be able to feel what the characters feel, be able to complete puzzles while thinking outside of the box.

"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."
Walt Disney

There are just some things you can only experience from a breath-takingly beautiful film.


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