My favorite film is "No Country for Old Men." This instant classic is a great example of excellent film making. The action is brutal. The tension is palpable. Its beautiful scenery immerses the viewers while its story portrays an honest depiction of the violent implications of the drug world. This last Mother’s Day, when my family and I gathered around the dinner table, I couldn’t help but share what I had been working on, a paper for International Film Class discussing a film of my choice which happened to be "No Country for Old Men." This eagerly prompted my oldest brother to share his insights on the film, telling me and my second oldest brother why he found it compelling. He would tell us how interested he is in the film’s use of violence during which I would frequently chime in and discuss the film as well. Although we very rarely break into a discussion on film, my oldest brother and I are avid fans of picture shows.
Personally, I can’t go one day without watching, talking, or fanaticizing about film or television series. Where some people would look at gorgeous scenery in the mountains and comment on how breathtaking it is, I would be thinking to myself about how awesome it would be to see a cinematic shootout there. You know, something along the lines of the side of a cabin getting blown away as an insane amount of artillery fills the air. Maybe even an epic shootout in the parking lot like in "Breaking Bad" Or on a lighter note, I might imagine a cool dialogue exchange between two characters like the restaurant scene from "Heat" or the opening scene from "Inglorious Bastards."
This kind of mentality has often led me to want to be in a film or television series myself. Frequently, I would find myself listening to original scores and music from films and television series as well as learn to play them on my guitar. If you ask me for my ID, I would have to dig it out from behind my Saul Goodman business card. No, I ‘m not crazy. I’m just a big fan of film and television series. As my oldest brother and I had the discussion of "No Country for Old Men," my second oldest brother didn’t seem to know what we were talking about. He’s never seen the film. That night I decided to let him borrow it. Although, to be honest, a part of me didn’t think he would watch it. I don’t think he’s as interested in film as me. One month after I let him borrow it I asked him if he had seen it and his answer was no. When I asked him why, he told me that he doesn't have time to watch a movie. There’s always time to watch a movie, I replied.
I understand that people have lives but as an avid moviegoer, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. Not having enough time should never be an excuse for someone who says they will do something. Especially if it means watching, what I would regard as one of the greatest films ever made. This got me thinking about how often I think people should watch film. Film is a truly captivating art form. Try to watch a film a week. And I don’t mean have one play in the distance as you do laundry, fix yourself a sandwich, or clean your car's carburetor. I mean you should really sit down and watch the film. Give it your full attention. It’s a magnificent art form and under-appreciating it would be a ‘reel’ shame.