The artistic side of engineering

Likes and Dislikes with Movies.

Favorite Movies:

  1. Transformers
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Ocean’s 11
  4. Inception
  5. Iron Man
  6. Citizen Kane
  7. The Fast and the Furious
  8. The Lord of the Rings
  9. Star Wars
  10. Casablanca
  11. The Matrix
–What makes a good film? The kicker for me is that it can’t just have a back-story that’s thrown together to make the movie work. It’s gotta have the story first and then the film to express the plot. The details must flow and the movie must have a balance of action with humor with drama. There is most likely a climax that you expect but you can’t guess from the second the movie starts, and a twist or two would be nice too. A good movie develops its own world that you can engulf yourself in and really focus on. This way you will be more inclined to follow the movie and will have more emotion towards the scenarios that play out screen.

Least Favorite Movies: 

  1. Scary Movie (any)
  2. Saw
  3. The Last Airbender
  4. Good Luck Chuck
  5. Paranormal Activity

–What makes a bad film? No plot that goes beyond what is thrown at you on the giant screen. It starts with the green rating screen and stops when the credits role. There is no feeling of continuation of the characters or their story. The point of the movie can’t solely be to gross someone out or scare them out of their chair, otherwise I lose interest halfway through and have no regrets when I turn it off. Also, it almost always must be original. No remakes of cartoons or past films that were good enough to stand the test of time. And nothing that uses satire and shallow humor to make fun of other shows and movies. There’s no originality there and no skill in making the movie either.


–A good film does not end when the credits role. The world and characters within must go on and live their own lives after the camera is turned off.  This is only done with originality, by creating a new world (or atleast realistic characters) that catch the viewer’s attention, draw them in, and then play with their emotions. By the end you should be content with the conclusion yet wanting to watch more because it was so good. The plot, characters, world, dialogue, action, romance, humor, or whatever it is that makes up that movie must flow together flawless. You take it with you as you leave the movie theater and ponder over for the next few days. But I’d say the most important thing about a good film is that you believe it is real.

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