For The Love Of Film is UTG’s newest creation from film nerd and lover of all movies Justin Proper. Sometimes you need some help to figure out how to enjoy movies, and we are here to help! No longer will you need to fear movie night because your friends have no taste in film. With this column you will be able to love even the worst gems to ever grace the silver screen.
Movies are a glorious thing. It is not a stretch to say that cinema is the purest and most powerful art form there is. Everyone can name a movie they have seen that made them cry or lifts their spirits when they were down. You cannot say the same about traditional art. I have never openly wept in an art gallery (and I have been to plenty of them) but that has happened in more than one theater over the years.
Like all art film is objective, and that does lead to some less than stellar works that fall short of masterpieces. This new column is dedicated to those movies. The ones that are considered “bad”. Someone needs to be a beacon of light in the cynical and critical world of movies. Someone needs to show the world how to enjoy “bad” films. That person is me. Welcome to For The Love Of Film.
People get hung up on movies. A bad scene can ruin an entire experience. This is not about that. This is dedicated to films that are considered sub-par in their entirety. I do not mean movies made strictly for profit or opportunity (like the ________ Movie series), I am talking about real movies made because the writers or directors wanted to make a piece of art that was not appreciated the way it was meant to be.
Enjoying bad movies is not easy. You have to be able to connect with the film in some way. Even if it means finding fun trivia facts like a pop-up video in your head. Appreciating movies for what they are is a great way to spend some time. If you go in to an action movie, just appreciate the absurd. Romantic movies do not have to just be boring things you put up with for your significant other. With the right mindset and the right information even the most non-romantic guys can enjoy a McConaughey movie (but seriously, fuck that guy).
So once a week I will have a new “bad” movie for you, broken down in a way that I hope you will be able to enjoy. There will also be plenty of sarcasm and poking fun of Hollywood so you can still get a good laugh while you are here. Some of the movies for upcoming weeks will be Crank: High Voltage, Batman and Robin, The Wicker Man, and whatever romantic comedy one of my friends tells me they want to watch. If you have suggestions for movies you would like to see in upcoming editions of this column feel free to hit me up on The Twitters or just leave a comment in the box below this article. Until then, watch some movies, it is easily the best way to escape your life for a couple hours.