So you build up a reputation at work as a movie buff and people start asking for your opinion on all things film.
At some point, you’ll get the dreaded questions: What essential movies do I need to see?
Recommend me a classic?
You see, this lays upon you a burden of unforeseen depths and a huge responsibility.
Do you get all pretentious and offer a list of greatest films that you know full well won’t be enjoyed by a novice viewer or do you compile a list of movies you think they’ll enjoy and perhaps encourage them to seek out more movies?
Here’s the thing. A film like The Godfather (which I love) isn’t perhaps the best choice for someone looking to get into the classics. It is three hours long and there are many others with a shorter running time just as enjoyable.
There’s a key word for you: joy.
It should be a pleasure to watch a movie and not a task. You need find something that supposes little to no effort and is also readily available.
I’m also thinking erring on the side of caution and not mentioning movies not in the English language.
So, I think this may call for a proper list or a top 10 and this will suppose a challenge.
Part two to follow in blog post near you.
Maybe just leave that Satantango recommendation just for now…