How to Watch a Film

Casper Newbolt’s advice on how to watch a film from “The Rules” at IFP, link via The Morning News:

The Rules make absolutely no prejudice, they allow you to love anything you want, but simply ask that you think for yourself.

I’ll be thinking on this one for a while. I try very hard to determine whether a movie or book will be worth my time before I go see it so I break Rule 1, which is

Go into the film without having read or watched anything. Trailers are acceptable, as they are sometimes created by film directors themselves, though even that sometimes is questionable.

Yet some of my favorite viewing experiences have been films I had no knowledge or expectations about, such as Short Cuts and Shadowlands.

One Response to “How to Watch a Film”

  1. Amy Says:

    Eh. I dunno. I think it’s helpful to read ahead sometimes. After reading several reviews and twitter comments about Mission Impossible, I went into it with the expectation that I should pay no attention to the plot, but just enjoy the silliness. And I did, very much.