double standard?

1:26 AM

I feel like I'm still kind of new to the blogging world, so some of you might not know a few things about me.

Important fact #1:
I love movies.

There's really nothing more you need to know about me.

JK for life.  But that really is important.

I love all kinds of movies.  My taste ranges from Star Wars to Edward Scissorhands to Strangers on a Train.  For a twenty-year-old, I have a somewhat unusual love for old movies.  I have been known to watch Elia Kazan movies by myself (favorite movie, On the Waterfront!), and I'm a connoisseur of Alfred Hitchcock stuff (though nothing rivals the knowledge of my mother...)

About a month ago I went with my parents to see Sunset Boulevard at the HBLL (pronounced "hubbell", means Harold B. Lee Library at BYU).  There were some college-aged hipsters there, but the audience was mostly made up of old folks who love to relive the "good ol' days" of theater-going.  It's a party all around, complete with a 30-minute serial ("The Mysterious Doctor Satan") and lively discussion about the classic film-noir.  I loved every second.  I looooove talking film.  (I wish I could find the time to make more outings to the HBLL.  BYU's special collection is pretty sweet).

But anyway, there is always that one comment from some old-timer.  "Why don't they make movies like that anymore?"  Like I said, I love old movies, but I love movies.  I'm the first to admit that movies, in many ways, have sacrificed good stories for action and compromising morals (though we all know that Transformers 3 is going down as a modern-day classic).  What gets me is that, despite the flaws present in the movie industry, film LIVES on.

On the flip side, we've been talking about film in my Comms class.  If there's anything that I love more than movies, it's lists about movies.  When I was about 10, my family and I started on the American Film Institute's top 100 movies.  There are a few selections that I disagree with, but overall I swear by it.  In class, we take one look at the top ten, and audible gasps fill the room.  "This is soooo outdated!"  "These movies are so old!" "Citizen Kane? I haven't even heard of that!"  That was where I audibly scoffed, pointedly rolled my eyes and inaudibly swore. (Just kidding... I don't swear, I just hate fiercely with G-rated language).  What really pushed me over the edge went down when we watched the last ten minutes of one of my all-time favorite movies, Casablanca (this blog's name-sake anyone?)  Granted, it's basically impossible to get the full impact of an ending without, like, watching the whole movie - but when the audience comments on the "corny dialogue" of one of the best written movies of all time, I can't help but be disgusted with the overwhelming ignorance.

The movies today aren't better or worse than those of the '40s.  They're just different.  You can't say where the film industry will be in thirty years until the movies of today have gone through the test of time.  It's a Wonderful Life is considered a "classic" because people still love it 70 years later.  We don't know who will still love Avatar, or The Lord of the Rings (I think LOTR is sticking around for a while, personally).  One day, there will be a new top 100 that our kids can gripe about.

So basically it takes a very particular person to completely match my film taste.  Old movies are boss, but film is not dead.  I'll judge you if your favorite movie is anything by Michael Bay, but I'll also judge you if you haven't seen a new movie in the last five years.  Double standard? Yes. Are movies way too important to me?  Double yes.

Thanks for listening, folks.  Much love,

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  1. You're speaking my language.

    Also, I will have you know that MacKenzie and I tried to go to Sunset, but it was full. And we were early. Not early enough. :)

  2. Haha, my mom said she saw you guys at the next one. I'm sorry you couldn't get in, for once my mom's ridiculous punctuality paid off.

  3. ha, that's so funny because i'm pretty sure mr. taylor grandparents went to that 30-minute series at BYU too! i love all things movies too though. anything to do with the entertainment industry!
    xo TJ

  4. Oh that's really funny! And I will continue to support the entertainment industry as long as I have previously paid for my food. Thanks for stopping by!


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