Ricardo Williams

Media Director, IDEAS For Us, Inc.

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What kind of movies do you like to watch?

I'm a film artist and this Thursday night I'll be doing a talk at "Nerd Nite Orlando" called "Horror Porn Romcoms: The Absurdity of Film Genres" and I would love to do a quick little survey about what kind of movies people enjoy the most and what about a film excites you enough to get you to actually go to the theater or if you are even excited at all.... Get creative, share your love for movies, and maybe even post a genre that you've created- as we all know there are many different ways to categorize the films we love.

Thank you in advance to all those who leave comments, they are very much appreciated and I may even reference some of them in my talk this Thursday night.

  • May 7 2013: I usually like to watch movies that I can't predict the plot. Most movies I can, especially action/thriller and romantic comedies. The ones that throw me for a loop and make me go "What!?!" are my favorite, like Inception. I also love movies that make me get emotionally engaged with the characters, like Life is Beautiful. Immersive movies, in a word. Ones that pull me in some how and keep me engaged either mentally or emotionally. Just visual (i.e. action scenes) aren't enough.
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    May 9 2013: That is indeed an interesting question...well the way I see it is that media should mostly promote values and spread culture. I am not saying there shouldn't be any divestisment programmes or shows, but there are so many interesting programmes that are never given on television. Also,gossip or news about this and that star are way too overcasted. And to be more specific,I'll give you an example: whenever I turn on the TV I see shows like" are you smarter than a blonde" or titles like this but I never see anything about youngsters that have done something,or who created something. This is how I see things. And moreover,there is a general complaint about kids/teenagers being more and more interesting in cultural activities. And I believe that these shows on TV help this process.
  • May 8 2013: I love films that linger, the kind that you watch and your left in silence -mentally digesting. I mean that in a powerful impactful way. Films like Samsara, Grave of the FireFlies or this one Time Travel Documentary with Steve Hawking those are the types that had given me that experience. When theres too much thinking in my life, I like to watch Romdramadies (Romantic Drama Comedies), a lot of Korean comedy films follow this route. You just get to experience a full range of emotions; they're cathartic to watch. Then when I'm done with all those emotions I love action movies but action/scifi movies are my ultimate favorite. I watch them like sport games, something about buhdassery and space physically moves me.

    I hate musicals especially if the actors can't really sing. This would have not been the case a couple years back but my roommate in college was a voice performance major and ruined all of those for me. Also, Not crazy about horror movies that are filled with cheap thrills. Actually I really hate those and zombie movies because for some reason they give me nightmares about zombies.

    Haha hope this helps. Excited to see you speak tomorrow, Ricardo!
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    May 8 2013: I like to watch those kind of movies which have a good story line, a social message, a few witty dialogues, no melo-drama etc..personally I love the work of Christopher Nolan in films like Inception, Prestige, Insomnia and Memento...I love to watch movies that forced me to use my brain and activate my thought process..but when I am in light hearted mood I watch comedy and hard core action movies
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    May 8 2013: I like watching movies that have something to say,that have a message. Unfortunately,I believe television and media don't promote values anymore and the main subjects promoted are denigrating frivolous.Good movies are so rare and if you want to watch them you either have to download them or borrow them. This is a rather sad truth and I strongly believe that something must be done to correct the wrongs society has created. I also think that in order to change society we first have to change ourselves and try to implement a change in the ones around us.
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      May 8 2013: This is a very interesting answer. Thank you, Miclaus.

      May I ask you a more specific question in relation to your answer, do you think the purpose of media and television is to promote values?
  • May 8 2013: Documentaries about wildlife and science, Scifi, and cartoon type movies like Shrek.
    I am a kid at heart and have never stopped learning.
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    May 8 2013: Animation > Thought Provoking > Documentaries > Comedy
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    May 8 2013: Hi Ricardo,

    My favorite films are usually comedies or something with a positive or uplifting message. I think it's also important that the plot should keep moving forward.
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      May 8 2013: Kirstie, I really enjoyed your extended answer. I'm honored that you put so much sincerity and time into this answer. I hope you don't mind if I share your link on twitter and facebook :)
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    May 7 2013: Good question. I love the art form that is film and in general I am not picky on what I like so I guess I should probably start with what I don't like.
    I dislike movies where there is a overly irritating main character. For me this is most chick flicks as inmost of these movies I find the main character unrealistic and normally a little degrading to women, which I only like if it is also funny. Poor acting is also extremely clear in a film and will quickly pull it down, however I am a fan of horror where there is allot of this so if there is enough happening where I don't really need to connect to the character the acting does not matter much. Then I would say mad writing badly or bad timing from the director can be big problems in movies. If the movie doesn't flow well it can really put of the audiences concentration. Same if too much is happening in the film to the point where the audience can't take it in. I like a complex film but the bits in movies that give me shivers are the small little gestures and glances between characters or when the director takes a moment to just show some of the setting around the character, there is allot of that in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and I think that is what made that such a special film. The last film that can move a film from ok to down right terrible is if it takes itself to seriously. I hate the Twilight Saga but found Eclipse ok as it really seem to be poking fun at it's self at points so having some humour at the movie's expense can make it seem more humble.
    I love it when a movie is so good even the music or just a clip from the trailer can make me shiver. As I said this is normally though small moments where it is clear allot of time has been taken but can also be though big epic moments where I feel my seat shake from the excitement. I also love when creators do something new with an idea. This is why I love independent film. Overall if it can catch my imagination I love it.
  • May 7 2013: It depends on my mood.
    I love comedy films, I like to laugh at physical comedy, and everyday humor.
    I also like thriller and suspense, but only if the ending is not predictable, if I can predict it, then it wasn't suspense
    And I found a new love for movies that tell secrets, exposes, seems to be alot of those coming out lately.
    And who doesn't like their fave comic books coming to life?
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    May 7 2013: I won't pretend to be super sophisticated. I like simple comedy. I like to laugh at other people's pain. Movies are like modern Greek catharsis to me, helping me through the rainy days.
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    May 7 2013: This is one of my favorite TED Talks, which I think is connected to your question: http://www.ted.com/talks/shekhar_kapur_we_are_the_stories_we_tell_ourselves.html

    And here are all forty-three talks tagged "film." http://www.ted.com/talks/tags/film. You may find some useful material there.

    I don't go to the movies, so my tastes are not relevant, I think. I am typically interested in complex characters rather than characters who are simple caricatures (such as all good or all evil). The younger generation here leans toward movies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
  • May 7 2013: Hey Ricardo,
    the movies I love are the ones that make me question my own existence. They're the kind that wake me up and motivate me to think. I love foreign films, animé, cult films, and sci-fi, especially if there is an element of truth woven through the plot.
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    May 7 2013: I prefer realistic movies that focus primarily on plot or character development. I apologize that this is not a genre-specific answer, but I tend to enjoy movies that meet this criteria irrespective of their genre in many cases. I have noticed that older and independent movies tend to adhere to my preferred standards much better than newer major motion pictures. Many aspects about popular movies frustrate, annoy, or bore me to the point where I'm unable to derive any appreciation or entertainment from the film. I find that older and independent films take more time to create believable plots and characters, without having to rely on CG and special effects to capture and maintain the audience's attention.

    Again, I'm sorry if this was not the sort of answer you had hoped for. Best of luck with your presentation!
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      May 7 2013: Don't apologize, your answer is actually related to some points that I'll be making on Thursday. Thank you for your input.
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    May 10 2013: Thank you to all those that have commented. I have really enjoyed reading your in-depth and sincere responses. Although my talk at "Nerd Nite" is complete, lets keep this conversation going!
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    May 10 2013: I like comedies and crime thrillers.
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    May 7 2013: All great input so far, you guys have no idea how useful it is. Thank you and keep 'em coming!