Posted by: Scott Groves | January 2, 2012

How I think about movies

Over the last several years, a friend and I have been having an on-going debate.  What is a good movie versus what is a good movie?

Our definitions of what makes a movie good are completely different.

I feel movies are less a work of art and more about entertainment… a couple hours to escape the troubles of reality and think about something else.

Conversely, my buddy Ty looks at movies and thoroughly evaluates them.  He’s a critic, but stops just shy of being a film snob.  While simultaneously admitting he didn’t enjoy ‘Citizen Kane’, he will call it a good movie.  While admitting ‘Avatar’ was a fun movie that he thoroughly enjoyed watching the first time around, he will argue that the movie is in-fact total garbage.

The good news is that neither of us is necessarily right or wrong… it’s just something we enjoy arguing over.

I write this only so my readers have an understanding of how I “review” a movie.

I see at least one movie a week in the theater, appear to be one of the few people left who really likes his Netflix account, and is probably more of a nerd than I care to admit.

If you are a male who came of age in the 80’s or 90’s, we’ll probably enjoy many of the same flicks.

A few of my top films, in no particular order:

  • Last of the Mohicans
  • Rocky
  • Inception
  • Top Gun
  • Tommy Boy
  • The Dark Night
  • Seven
  • Margin Call
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • The Sting
  • Terminator 2
  • West Side Story
  • Goodfellas
  • North by Northwest
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Wall Street
  • Tombstone
  • Star Trek the Wrath of Khan

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