Sunday, April 4, 2010
At The Movies
Movies are so powerful it's scary. It's because stories are powerful.
We need stories. They provide tools for making sense of our experiences. They give us a way to organize our memories to better prepare for future situations which remind us of stories in our past.
Movies are a unique story telling medium. With other forms you bring a lot to the table. It's a conversation you have with the story. Your experiences fill in the gaps. You have a say in how it's imagined. A lot of your memories help construct the story, better realize it, make it whole.
But movies do most of the work for you. In the right hands they can communicate a point of view or a very subtle experience with the most clarity, but in the wrong hands they can make you believe and feel impossible things.
It makes perfect sense that the movie industry is so big in the USA. We're a nation of people who believe impossible things and want so desperately to feel impossible things as well. A nation of dreamers who day by day loosen our tether to a shared earthy reality.
Basically, we all want to live without pain in heaven where we'll all look and feel amazing. Ahhhh, someday....